OakNorth Bank completes loan to The Jade Hotel, a family-run hotel in South Kensington, to fund expansion and renovations

  • The Jade Hotel has secured a loan to redecorate its 30 bedrooms and add another five, refit its bathrooms, and make repairs to the roof and front exterior;
  • The hotel has been in operation since 1984 and is run by the Khalid family, who converted it from a 5-storey terraced house into a 30-bedroom hotel in 2011;
  • A stone’s throw from Earls Court Underground Station and within walking distance to several popular attractions including Harrods, the V&A and the Natural History Museum, the hotel expects to see a boom in tourist demand once international travel begins again;
  • Amidst the lockdown, OakNorth Bank has continued to lend to UK growth businesses including a fund buy-out, another hotel in Hampton Court and an Essex-based nursery.

OakNorth Bank – the UK bank powered by OakNorth – has completed a loan to The Jade Hotel, a family-owned and operated hotel in South Kensington, to help fund expansion and renovations, including redecorating rooms and adding five more, refitting bathrooms, and making repairs to the roof and front exterior.

Purchased in the mid 1980’s, the hotel has been in operation since 1984 and was converted from a 5-storey terraced house into a 30-bedroom hotel in 2011. The 3-star hotel is located less than 100 yards from Earls Court Underground Station with connections to Heathrow Airport via the Piccadilly Line, and is within walking distance to Knightsbridge, Harrods and the famous Museum Mile.

Khalida Khalid, Owner of The Jade Hotel, said: “Securing this capital at this time is a clear testament to OakNorth Bank’s willingness to continue supporting the hospitality sector at a time when many of its peers are retrenching from the market. This capital gives us the opportunity to conduct renovations and ensure we can host additional guests once international travel reopens. Deepesh and the rest of the team at OakNorth Bank clearly know the hotel sector well and were incredibly transparent throughout the entire borrowing process.”

Deepesh Thakrar, Senior Director of Debt Finance at OakNorth Bank, commented: “While there’s never a good time to do renovations, the lockdown provides the Khalid family with an opportunity to increase room capacity without having to disturb hotel guests. Similar to one of our earlier hotel deals, these renovations put The Jade Hotel in a good spot to accommodate a larger number of guests, in anticipation of a boom in international travel in the coming months. It’s been a pleasure working with a family that shares the same passion and entrepreneurial drive as OakNorth Bank.”

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Notes to editors

About OakNorth Bank plc

OakNorth Bank provides fast, flexible and accessible debt finance (from £500k to £50m) to fast-growth businesses and established property developers / investors. It has debt finance teams in London, Manchester, Bristol, Birmingham, Leeds and East Anglia.

Since its launch, the bank has:

  • Lent almost £4.5bn, directly helping with the creation of 15,000 new homes and almost 20,000 new jobs in the UK;
  • Raised deposits from c.144,000 savers;
  • Supported over 750 businesses across the UK with the debt finance to pursue their growth ambitions.

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

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Contact

Stephanie Kendall, Associate Director – Growth & Communications: stephanie.kendall@oaknorth.co.uk / press@oaknorth.co.uk / 07752429643

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