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UK - South City Studios, a pre-production and rehearsal facility in Stockport, is expanding after using a six-figure loan from FW Capital Debt Finance, part of the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund (npif).
Established in 2017, South City Studios, formerly called The Stockport Studios, is located in Pear Mill, Stockport. Following strong financial performance over the past two years, the business was able to fund the development of additional studio spaces at its existing location, increasing overall capacity to 15 permanent rooms that can be hired on a monthly basis and a further four rooms available for flexible bookings.
The investment will support plans to accelerate further growth following the acquisition of additional space at Welkin Mill, Stockport, close to the existing studios. The owners of the business plan to create additional rehearsal studios as well as a new 500-capacity pre-production room for artists to rehearse and record in a venue setting.
Paul Bowe, director of South City Studios, said: “We’re proud to open and bring something global to the South Manchester area, making our mark in a unique way with a high end pre-production room.
“We’re meeting increased demand and have welcomed some high-profile names through our doors including Johnny Marr who has also been involved as a project consultant, Elbow, Blossoms, and Fuzzy Sun. It was also the right time to change our name from The Stockport Studios to South City Studios to reflect our growth and national identity.”
Loz O’Connor, FW Capital’s fund manager, said: “It’s great to support a business in the creative sector, especially in the Greater Manchester area which has a rich musical heritage.
“It is often difficult for the sector to obtain lending support from mainstream providers, but with Access to Finance advice via Geoff Clowes, South City Studios is a great example of a dynamic company growing organically and looking for additional funding from the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund to help it take the next growth step.”

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