eCommerce software firm bags £580k to expand
Led by Mercia Fund Managers, the investment will create five new jobs and includes £250,000 from the MEIF Proof of Concept & Early Stage Fund which is managed by Mercia for the Midlands Engine Investment Fund.
It also includes £250,000 from Mercia’s EIS Fund and the remainder comes from angel investors.
Milton Keynes-based Expandly makes it more accessible for retailers to sell on different marketplaces such as eBay, Amazon and Etsy by providing a central platform where they can manage all their product listings and inventory and process and fulfil orders.
The company was founded in 2013 by Alan Wilson, an IT consultant who had seen the frustrations faced by small firms trading on different online sites.
The software was launched three years later and is now used by retailers worldwide. Expandly is chaired by the former CEO of Tesco Direct, Steve Robinson.
“This investment is a huge step in the Expandly journey for us, our investors and our customers,” said Wilson.
“We'll be using the funds to develop the team, advance the product and accelerate our growth. It's an exciting time in the eCommerce industry and we're ready to take advantage.”
Expandly was recently selected by Microsoft for its programme to support start-ups and the software will be sold via some Microsoft resellers. The investment will allow it to expand its sales and marketing team and develop new channel partners.
Lewis Stringer, MEIF senior relationship manager at the British Business Bank, added: “Securing the right type of finance at the right time is crucial to innovative technology businesses such as Expandly, allowing it to fully develop and scale up by hiring new staff.
“We’re extremely happy to see MEIF funds flowing across the Midlands and would encourage other businesses looking for investment to contact our fund managers.”
Tom Gray of Fraser Brown in Nottingham provided legal advice to Mercia.
The Midlands Engine Investment Fund project is supported financially by the European Union using funding from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020 and the European Investment Bank.