Challenger Banks

“We’re pleased that British Business Bank Investments is supporting our profitable growth as we improve access to capital for high quality smaller UK businesses.”

– Tom Wood, CEO, Shawbrook Bank

£30m invested

1 investment

Our view

“We are a natural investor in structured capital in challenger banks and specialty finance firms. Our investment in Shawbrook Bank demonstrates our commitment to increasing volume and the diversity of financing options for smaller UK businesses by supporting challenger banks and fast growing specialist lenders.”

* Figures correct as of March 2016


Our long-term committed funding and flexible investment mandate has enabled us to deploy capital creatively to deliver our goals.


With our goals and risk appetite, we are natural investors supporting such fund raising. In October 2015, we made our first investment in a UK challenger bank by investing £30 million in Shawbrook Group plc’s £75 million Tier 2 note issuance. Funds raised from the issue will support Shawbrook Bank’s continued growth with a core part of their strategy being lending to smaller businesses.

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