Durham-based Hargreaves Services secures £14m funding


Hargreaves Services plc, a Durham-headquartered group delivering services to the property and industrial sectors, has received eight-figure funding from Santander UK to support its successful transition out of coal mining.

Hargreaves was historically focused on coal mining and took the strategic decision to exit the sector, repositioning away from coal, closing its last mine last year and selling its remaining coal stocks. It has now ceased all coal mining-related revenue activity.

Santander UK is supporting Hargreaves’ successful transition out of coal mining to focus on its services and property development operations. The bank has provided a £14m finance package, comprising invoice finance and foreign exchange funding to the group. It has also moved its day-to-day banking to Santander UK.

Hargreaves delivers a wide range of services to the industrial and property sectors globally. Hargreaves Industrial Services’ offering includes outsourced bulk materials handling and mechanical and electrical engineering for key industries such as power, port operations and refineries in the UK and South East Asia. Additionally, Hargreaves is a provider to the bulk logistics, waste, environmental services and minerals sectors. It has a team dedicated to regenerating former surface mining sites, as well as operating quarries across the UK.

Hargreaves was founded in 1994 and now employs a staff of more than 1,700 throughout the world, who deliver projects and services spanning a range of industries.

John Samuel, Group Finance Director, Hargreaves commented: “Following our decision to move away from coal-related activities, we required a more appropriate and flexible funding facility focused on our services business. Santander UK’s practical, proactive, innovative, and supportive approach has enabled us to secure support for this rapidly. We look forward to developing our relationship with Santander UK further as our business grows over the coming years.”

Paul Watkin, Relationship Director at Santander UK, said: “Hargreaves’ management team has successfully repositioned the business since it exited its UK coal operations last year, and there are exciting and significant opportunities ahead with its new areas of focus. Our international support coupled with our strong sector focus – managed through a locally based banking team – will help Hargreaves achieve its business aspirations.”