Seneca Partners is an award-winning specialist SME investment business. Formed in 2010, and headquartered in the northwest of England, the management team has extensive experience across a range of sectors, including investment and fund management, private equity, corporate finance, wealth management, accountancy and stockbroking. Seneca has over £100 million of tax-advantaged investments under management, which provides equity and debt funding for UK SMEs. Seneca Partners is also the founding member of the Seneca branded network of companies.
A decade of Seneca: A word from the CEO
Ten years has flown by and I remember the early days when there were 6 of us in ground floor offices at No 12, The Parks. The growth and development of the Seneca family since then has been nothing short of astonishing. At one point, prior to the sale of our Liverpool-based Fund Management business, there were close on 100 employees in various office locations across the northwest region with funds under our management of almost £1 billion.
The Seneca founders came together from high-level careers in stockbroking, banking, accounting, investment and wealth management – a varied range of skills and experience but highly complementary to each other. Crucially, we all shared similar philosophies and ironically emerging from the global crisis of 2008/9 it was evident that our network of business relationships shared our views on what we thought an underserved SME sector were seeking; a dedicated and entrepreneurially minded SME investment and advisory business.
The evolution of Seneca and the growing strength of the brand is a tribute to those loyal staff who have visibly grown in stature and matured as business leaders in their own right. We are truly blessed with the calibre of talent at our disposal; with that in mind and the entrepreneurial spirit we continue to promote, it bodes extremely well for the future of our business.
There are very clearly defined specialisms within the wider Seneca family: debt funding and debt advisory, equity funding, corporate finance and advisory, property management and a suite of dedicated retail styled products in the ‘tax advantaged’ arena which are used by wealth managers and IFAs from across the UK on behalf of their clients. We have also backed a number of special purpose, non-branded Seneca businesses within the last 10 years.
The absolute trust placed in us by the businesses and investors we engage with is never taken for granted. As well as providing financial and intellectual capital we know we will be judged on our ability to invest wisely and responsibly, values which are at the core of all that we seek to do. As we continue to grow stealthily across the next decade, this ethos will remain.
Together, we are Seneca.
Richard Manley | CEO