A bank that offers private client and commercial business services has launched its new Bristol office in style.
Arbuthnot Latham & Co announced the opening of a new office in Bristol by inviting over 200 guests to the Aston Martin vantage point showroom on the outskirts of the city.
The new Bristol office will be led by two new recruits in the form of Senior Private Bankers, Mark Lucas and Courtney Kerkin.
They both join Arbuthnot Latham from Duncan Lawrie Private Bank in Bristol where they were Private Client Directors.
Previously Mark also held roles at Credit Suisse, Coutts and Lloyds, whilst Courtney held roles at Clydesdale Bank and Barclays.
Arbuthnot Latham’s Chief Executive, Ian Henderson, comments: “We established a presence in the South West from Exeter in 1994 and since then we have increased our footprint significantly across the region, Bristol seemed to us to be the next logical step.
“With Mark and Courtney’s appointment, Arbuthnot Latham is demonstrating its commitment to Bristol and to the South West. Their extensive experience of over 30 years each in the financial services sector, as well as their extensive network and the new office space within the city, will prove invaluable to the business.”
As part of the Bristol Launch, BLM caught up with Stephen Fletcher, Managing Director of Commercial Banking at Arbuthnot Latham.
He comments: “We have had an office in Exeter for over twenty years and the South West region was our first venture outside of London. Two years ago, we set up our first commercial banking business too and the opening of an office in Bristol seemed like the natural progression, considering the growth and potential in the area.”
Heading up the commercial division in Bristol are Nigel Key and Colin James. Both are commercial bankers with years of experience and have been active in Bristol for several months.
Across the whole of the business Arbuthnot Latham employs around 320 staff, with 50 in the commercial banking side.
Stephen says that the bank covers the whole of the UK market place and all business sectors, with specialisms including media banking, real estate and healthcare.
On the Bristol city region, Stephen comments: “Bristol was recently voted one of the top cities in the UK to set up a new business. It’s a thriving area with many already-established business brands. The technology and creative sectors are particularly exciting here too. We’re delighted to have an office and team firmly established here and we’re looking forward to working with many of the business owners.”
Stephen concludes by saying that Arbuthnot Latham’s approach is about long-term relationship banking, with the team providing everyday banking facilities, alongside small and large-scale lending.