Barclays supports Apex Hotels expansion

Pine Trees Hotel in Pitlochry. (Photo: Apex Hotels)

BARCLAYS has announced a £60 million refinancing package to support Apex Hotels’ ambitious growth plans, including the purchase of additional hotels and resorts in rural locations.

Apex Hotels recently acquired Pine Trees Hotel in Pitlochry, marking its first property in rural Scotland as it seeks to diversify its portfolio. Barclays financed the purchase as part of a wider package to support Apex Hotels’ growth and investment in its current portfolio, including future acquisition opportunities in the rural hotel market.

The recent sale of Apex London Wall Hotel was a positive move to support the hotel group’s ambitious growth plans, and together with Barclays ongoing support, will serve to accelerate a period of expansion over the next few years.

Jamie Grant, Managing Director of Barclays Corporate Banking in Scotland, said: “Our hospitality and leisure expertise has meant that we have supported Apex Hotels with a high value finance package of £60 million to help secure the purchase of Pine Trees Hotel.

“As hospitality and leisure operators continue to invest in property, acquiring new venues and in much needed environmental upgrades, tailored finance packages and relevant experience are key to giving clients what they need, with the added benefit of advice and introductions to relevant contacts.

“Our role is more than finance providers. We are there as collaborators and partners to support our clients, helping inform decisions and achieve business opportunities.”

Apex Hotels’, chief executive officer, Angela Vickers added: “Barclays refinancing package as well as their hospitality industry expertise will help to accelerate our ambitious growth plans, not only to support continued investment in our existing city centre hotels, but to help us build a more diverse portfolio across rural and urban locations throughout the UK.

“Demand for high-quality hotels in the UK has never been stronger. The acquisition of Pine Trees Hotel kickstarts our growth strategy and the brand is perfectly positioned to capitalise on the tourism resurge by putting guests at the heart of everything we do.”

The Pine Trees deal team was led by Malcolm Crawford and Gordon McKean at Barclays Corporate Banking.

Apex Hotels has won silver, Green Tourism Awards for sustainable tourism, across the portfolio and is committed to supporting local communities through job creation and the supply chain.

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