Fiduciam has provided car manufacturer TVR through a further three-year £2 million loan, under the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS).
Fiduciam has been a financial backer of TVR’s project to develop a new car since March 2016, when it granted a £6 million credit facility to TVR to allow it to develop the new Griffith sports car and prepare for its production.
The order book for the new car currently stands at £40 million, representing one year of production.
Planning permission for an upgrade to the existing factory in Ebbw Vale, Wales has now been granted which, when complete, will bring the company another step closer to putting a new TVR on the road. Factory renovation works are expected to start this month and sets the timescale for start of production of the Griffith.
Les Edgar, chairman of TVR, said: “Fiduciam has been a reliable financial partner for TVR as we develop the new Griffith sport car. Raising funds is always a challenge and even more so for manufacturing projects in Covid-19 times. We appreciate that Fiduciam has always been willing to roll up the sleeves to fully understand our business plan. We have endured a further delay because of Covid-19, but we are confident we are now into the final straight to commence manufacturing, with the first cars being delivered in 2022.”
Johan Groothaert, CEO of Fiduciam, added: “Since we granted our first loan, TVR, together with Gordon Murray Design, has been able to design an excellent new sports car. It has introduced an innovative assembly concept, which allows for much smaller production runs. We are pleased that TVR, with its strong and committed management team, has overcome the many hurdles on the road to launching the new Griffith. We are looking forward to seeing the new Griffith rolling off the production line and our financing relationship with TVR continue for many years to come.”