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Brabners senior partner, Maurice Watkins CBE has been named in fcbusiness magazine’s 100 most influential people in the business of football since 2004.

Complied by the journalists and editor of fcbusiness to celebrate 100 issues of the title, the #fcbusiness100 is a list of the people who have made a lasting contribution to football over the last 13 years.

Brabners is delighted to support the very first Founder Insights event, which is being hosted by Luke Grimes of Webantic on Thursday 13 April at the Old Granada Studios.

Paul Stacey, the co-founder of Fatsoma and a long-standing client of Brabners, will be discussing his experiences with Luke as well as sharing lessons about how he and his team created and grew their online ticketing platform. Since Fatsoma was founded in 2005 it has grown rapidly and now boasts 5 million users and 600,000 downloads.

Brabners Private Equity and Venture Capital team have advised Business Growth Fund on its £3 million growth capital investment into Sentric Music.

Launched in 2006, Liverpool headquartered Sentric Music works with more than 90,000 songwriters, providing music publishing, licensing opportunities and royalty collection services.

Business Growth Fund’s investment will assist in funding Sentric Music’s international expansion plans, product development and future strategic partnerships and acquisitions.

A newly established North West networking group, Future Boss Club, marked its arrival with an exclusive launch event in Liverpool last week.

The launch event welcomed both rising talent and decision makers to explore the forward-thinking concept. Alongside the networking opportunities, guests were treated to a trio of inspirational talks from Chair of Future Boss Club Rebecca Keegan, Chief Executive of The Liverpool Knowledge Quarter Colin Sinclair and Chief Executive of The Women’s Organisation Maggie O'Carroll.

More than £1,000 was raised when individuals from law firm Brabners took part in a sponsored sleep out in aid of the homeless charity Crisis.

Several people at the firm agreed to give up their time (and their warm beds) to sleep-out in a basement car park in Manchester.

Commercial law firm Brabners has strengthened its commercial, intellectual property and sports practices with three new hires.

Victoria Trigwell joins the firm’s commercial and intellectual property team as an associate, alongside intellectual property and trademark administrator Ioana Ghiurco. Andrew McGregor has been hired as an associate in the sports practice.

Brabners is pleased to welcome the formal launch of the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund, a £400 million government backed fund, established to provide finance to SMEs located in the North of England. The new fund offers three different funding options for SMEs, micro finance (providing small business loans of £25,000 to £100,000), debt finance (providing larger business loans of £100,000 to £750,000) and equity finance (providing £50,000 to £2 million of equity funding).

We’re very excited to reveal our brand new partnership with Freshwalks City at MediaCity UK.

For those of you who don’t know, Freshwalks is the walking event that has been successfully connecting and revitalising business people through challenging Peak District hikes for the past couple of years. Its rising popularity – with over 500 registered walkers – led to the creation of a sister event earlier this year.

Brabners chairman and Wirral resident Stephen Burrows has been appointed as the next High Sheriff of Merseyside by the Queen. Stephen, who has been one of the county’s Deputy Lieutenants since 2014, said ‘it is a great privilege” to take up the role.

Mark Rathbone, partner and member of the supply chain and logistics sector at Brabners, said: “Detail on transport infrastructure was perhaps not as expansive as many businesses would have liked. The £90m for road improvements in the North will be welcome news for commuters and hauliers, though it is not a huge allocation given government’s plans to increase national infrastructure spend to 1.2% of GDP per annum.