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Here are just a few examples of businesses that we’re proud to have helped succeed:



Behind Scotland's Small Hotel of the Year 2015

See how we've supported the family owners of Scotland’s Small Hotel of the Year with the acquisition of their new development.

The Sonas Group

Behind businesses that reshape our landscape

Case study: Westmorland


True to their name, Westmorland are a Cumbrian company who have made a business out of bringing a local, community focus to motorway services.

Their service areas are designed to fit within the surrounding landscape, they source products locally, and they maintain close links with communities through employment and charitable support.

They’re behind community in a big way, so we’re proud to be backing their major Gloucester project with a £27m development deal.

The new Gloucester northbound services has been a landmark development for the group; the site has been constructed sensitively to take the landscape into consideration, with a grass roof covering both the main amenity building and the petrol forecourt. It features a 300-cover restaurant, take-away food counter and farm shop.

And thanks to our partnership, Westmorland has now begun construction of the southbound services. Due for completion in summer 2015, the total Gloucester site will create 300 new jobs ‒ taking the firm’s headcount to approximately 800. The project has close charitable links with the Gloucestershire Gateway Trust and will donate a percentage of its profits – an estimated £10 million over 20 years – to spend on community projects.

That’s a story we’re proud to be part of.



Behind businesses that pioneer renewables

Case study: Leask


As in so many sectors, a key area of growth in the diving industry has been renewable energy.

Leask Marine knows this better than most; they’ve been supplying diving teams and boats for renewable projects for the last 10 years.

Director Douglas Leask started the business in 1985 after qualifying as a commercial diver; and it’s been going from strength to strength. The 24m C Salver is the latest addition to their seven-vessel flee.

It is the second vessel that we’re proud to have funded, and this time Leask Marine were able to benefit from funding as part of our participation in the Government’s Funding for Lending Scheme, which enabled the company to save on initial costs.

Margaret Keenan, our Senior Relationship Manager who helped Leask Marine to access the funding, fully expects the company to continue to grow its reputation and scope, saying, “Leask Marine is operating in a dynamic industry, with many new opportunities presented by the growth in renewable energy.”

The story of renewables has only just started, and is sure to grow in importance with each year; so we’re happy to play our part by supporting companies like Leask Marine.





Behind businesses that bring new treatments

Case study: Kilmarnock Dental Care


Dentistry is one of the many industries being driven by advances in technology; and new technology demands investment.

So we’re proud to be supporting Jonathan Dougherty in his ambition to offer exciting and pioneering services to his local area with Kilmarnock Dental Care.

“We are able to offer new forms of implant treatment for replacement of missing teeth and to help fix loose dentures… I decided to invest in the services and treatments we offer so they are available for everyone.”

Dentistry is a key sector for the healthcare industry so we were keen to support Jonathan with the creation of his business; and his potential has now been more widely recognised. The launch of his business has coincided with his award nomination for Scotland’s Young Dentist of the Year.

We’re very pleased to be involved in the success of young ambitious talents like Jonathan.



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