White Oak announces new Chester HQ to facilitate business growth
Independent business lender, White Oak has announced its move to a 15,000+ sq ft. office in Chester city centre to accommodate its continued growth both in the region and across the UK.
The 10-year lease reaffirms White Oak’s commitment to the North West as their home with a hiring drive taking place across the coming months.
The new office space on the 2nd Floor of the landmark HQ building has been fully refurbished to a very high specification and has views across the historic City of Chester and Chester Racecourse. Crucially, the new space houses all departments together on the same floor, creating a highly vibrant and dynamic working environment, allowing staff to collaborate more effectively.
As Covid-19 restrictions continue to ease amidst the UK’s successful vaccination programme, the new office move demonstrates White Oak’s long-standing commitment to office-based work as their permanent model.
White Oak is enhancing its strong local community partnerships including a student programme with the University of Chester, Chester Aid to the Homeless and a continuing partnership with Chester Racecourse. The new office and increased staff numbers will allow White Oak to strengthen ties with the community with a focus on those who have struggled as a result of the pandemic.
White Oak have offices in London, Glasgow and Southampton, and the move will mean that the company will be able to continue to support businesses around the country to grow whilst cementing its presence in the North West.
White Oak is highly supportive of local businesses in the region having announced earlier this year that it had committed £40 million to businesses in the North West as well as supporting businesses throughout the UK during the Covid-19 pandemic by providing almost £400 million in Government-backed CBILS loans. Businesses in the North West benefited from receiving over £55 million from White Oak in CBILS lending.
James Felton, Chief Operating Officer of White Oak Europe, said: “The new office move to HQ, Chester is a major statement of intent for White Oak’s continued growth and evolution. The relocation to Chester reaffirms our commitment to the North West as our home where we can continue to support our customers in the region and across the UK. The move brings all our colleagues together helping to foster stronger working relationships and to deliver a highly interconnected and efficient service for our customers. The move also celebrates the recent successes of White Oak in doubling its lending to UK SMEs since the start of 2020 and looks to the future with space to accommodate a significant hiring initiative which will see up to 40 new staff join the business in the coming months.”