OakNorth Bank completes £7.5M loan for the development of a major new luxury care home in Beverley, East Yorkshire

  • Springfield Healthcare is a family-owned business providing exceptional care in the heart of communities across Yorkshire. It is backed by the Business Growth Fund (BGF);
  • The capital from OakNorth Bank will be used to develop a luxury care home with 79 en-suite care rooms, six care home apartments, and seven retirement flats for sale;
  • The luxury home will deliver residential and nursing care as well as specialist dementia and working age adult services from its beautiful location in the heart of the Beverley community just a short distance from Beverley Minster;
  • The UK currently has 850,000 people suffering with dementia – a figure that is projected to increase to 1.6 million by 2040 – so there is a great need for more specialist care[1].


OakNorth Bank – the UK bank for entrepreneurs, by entrepreneurs – has provided a £7.5M loan to Springfield Healthcare Beverley Limited, led by the experienced, award winning team behind Springfield Healthcare.


With over 425 beds across five care homes in York, Leeds and Ilkley, Springfield Healthcare is a well-established, family-owned business, providing exceptional care across Yorkshire. Having expanded considerably throughout its five decades of operation in the sector, the firm also offers a range of care services to people in their own homes, based from its six regional offices covering Yorkshire, Humberside and the North East. The business is backed by the BGF which predominantly invests in small to mid-sized businesses. BGF has cumulatively invested £2.3B across 330+ companies with exposure in Technology, Retail & Leisure, Media, Business services, and Infrastructure & Construction, among others.


The capital from OakNorth Bank will be used to develop a new, three-story, purpose-built care home in the historic and attractive market town of Beverley, East Yorkshire. The bespoke debt finance facility will  be used to develop 79 care home rooms, six care home apartments, and seven retirement flats for independent living.


Graeme Lee, Founder and Group CEO of Springfield Healthcare, commented: Over the past 50 years, Springfield Healthcare has grown substantially but our core values have remained constant – to ensure the wellbeing of our clients, whether that’s at one of our homes or their own. Given the projections for people living with dementia over the next two decades, providing excellent care facilities is only going to become more vital. James and the team at OakNorth Bank had a clear understanding of the sector, as well as the Yorkshire region, and were transparent and collaborative throughout the process. We’re proud to be backed by a bank that has supported some of the strongest operators in the sector.”


James Espley, Director of Property Finance at OakNorth Bank, added: “Graeme has almost three decades of experience in the care sector, having built a successful portfolio of five care homes with strong operational performance. Despite the obvious challenges presented by COVID-19, the business has continued to perform well with performance in excess of its revised budget. The fact that it’s managed to secure equity backing from the Business Growth Fund, is a testament to the exceptional work of Graeme and his team, and we look forward to building on the relationship in the future.”




Notes to editors

 About OakNorth Bank plc

Launched in September 2015 and founded by entrepreneurs, OakNorth Bank provides fast, flexible and accessible debt finance to the UK’s Missing Middle.

It has borrowers across a variety of sectors, including: healthcare (nursing homes and retirement villages), consumer goods, vehicle and parts manufacturing, capital goods manufacturing, household professional services (including educational services), nurseries, business support services, hospitality and recreation (including hotels, resorts, restaurants and bars, fast food outlets and limited service restaurants), SME residential and commercial property development and investment.

It is authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority.

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Tom Pavey-Smith, Associate Director – Growth & Communications: tom.pavey-smith@oaknorth.co.uk / 0791 716 5588

[1] Alzheimer’s SocietyFacts for the media

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