07 March 2023
British Business Investments today announces a new £20m subscription to specialist lender Secure Trust Bank plc’s £90 million Tier 2 note issuance. The investment follows a previous £25m subscription to Secure Trust Bank’s £50m Tier 2 note issuance in 2018, which has now been repaid.
The £20m subscription has been provided through British Business Investments’ Investment Programme, which is designed to increase the supply and diversity of finance for smaller businesses by boosting the lending capacity of challenger banks and non-bank lenders.
Secure Trust Bank is an established specialist bank founded in 1952, focusing on selected segments of the business and consumer finance markets. Funds raised from the Tier 2 issuance will enable Secure Trust Bank to increase its volume of lending, including to smaller businesses, supporting the bank’s growth over the medium term.
British Business Investments, a wholly-owned commercial subsidiary of the British Business Bank, aims to increase the supply and diversity of finance for smaller businesses across the UK by boosting the lending capacity of a range of finance providers. Since it was established in 2014, British Business Investments has committed more than £3.3 billion to providers of finance to UK smaller businesses.
Judith Hartley, CEO, British Business Investments, said:
“This £20m investment in Secure Trust Bank supports British Business Investments’ mission to increase the diversity and supply of finance for smaller businesses in the UK. Independent operators like Secure Trust Bank help diversify the UK’s smaller business finance market and provide more choice for businesses. Following our earlier subscription in 2018, we are pleased to be working with Secure Trust Bank again to support increased smaller business lending across the UK.”
David McCreadie, CEO, Secure Trust Bank, said:
“Secure Trust has shown sustained commitment to helping UK business through its real estate finance, commercial finance and motor vehicle dealer stock funding financial products. At 30 June 2022, our lending to UK businesses was £1.5 bn of a total customer lending book of £2.8bn.
“We have demonstrated our capability to capture significant growth opportunities across our diversified specialist lending businesses. We are pleased with the support we have received from British Business Investments and new investors in our new Tier 2 issuance. With this enlarged regulatory capital base we are strongly positioned to continue to help consumers and businesses fulfil their ambitions.”
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British Business Investments Limited is a wholly owned commercial subsidiary of British Business Bank plc, the UK government’s economic development bank. British Business Investments aims to earn a commercial return by investing – through finance providers – in smaller businesses and small mid-caps, pursuing investments on a fully commercial basis without receiving any economic advantage from the government. Find out more at bbinv.co.uk.
The Bank and its subsidiary entities are not banking institutions and do not operate as such. They are not authorised or regulated by the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) or the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). A complete legal structure chart for British Business Bank plc and its subsidiaries can be found on the British Business Bank plc website.
The transaction described above does not constitute or imply any endorsement, warranty or recommendation by the UK government, the British Business Bank plc or its subsidiaries or any other party of Secure Trust Bank or its products or services.
STB is an established, well‐funded and capitalised UK retail bank with a 70-year trading track record. STB operates principally from its head office in Solihull, West Midlands, and had 833 employees (full‐time equivalent) as at 31 December 2022. STB’s diversified lending portfolio currently focuses on two sectors:
STB is authorised in the UK by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority.
Secure Trust Bank PLC, One Arleston Way, Solihull, B90 4LH.Back