White Oak UK announces new Chester HQ to facilitate business growth

Independent lender White Oak UK has announced that it is moving its UK headquarters to Chester in a move that demonstrates its commitment to the North West region and a return to office-based work 

-White Oak UK plans to hire up to 40 additional staff this year from the local talent pool across Chester, Manchester, and Liverpool

24 August 2021, Chester: Independent business lender, White Oak UK 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 UK’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 UK’s long-standing commitment to office-based work as their permanent model. The move creates a highly dynamic, energetic, and professional environment best suited to supporting White Oak UK employees old and new, whilst delivering outstanding service for current and new clients.

White Oak UK 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 UK to strengthen ties with the community with a focus on those who have struggled as a result of the pandemic.

White Oak UK 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. The company is one of the largest employers in Chester, with access to a valuable talent pool in the areas of Chester, Manchester, and Liverpool. White Oak UK plans to hire an additional 40 professionals in 2021.

White Oak UK 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 UK in CBILS lending.

James Felton, Chief Operating Officer of White Oak UK Europe, said:

“The new office move to HQ, Chester is a major statement of intent for White Oak UK’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 UK 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.”

Councillor Richard Beacham, Cheshire West and Chester Council’s Cabinet Member for Inclusive Growth, Economy & Regeneration said:

“Cheshire West and Chester Council is investing in Chester to make it an even better place to live, work, learn and visit. This announcement that White Oak UK is relocating here is great news for our city and we hope that other businesses in the city will feel the benefit of having another large employer in the town centre.

This move has been aided by our Business Growth Team, so other businesses looking for support with relocation or staffing for example can contact them for advice too.”

Will Sadler, Director at Property Consultancy Legat Owen, the retained agent for HQ Chester, said:

“HQ Chester provided White Oak UK with the opportunity to have all of its team together in one space and be in the heart of Chester. It is encouraging to see businesses thriving and bringing a significant number of jobs to the city.”

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