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The Alchemist secures £16m for expansion

Premium bar and restaurant group, The Alchemist has secured an additional £16m finance package from Santander, to support its continued growth plans across the UK. The new funds will be used to rejuvenate existing sites and acquire new ones.

The Alchemist recently opened a purpose-built venue at MediaCityUK, a new regional site in Oxford and has since confirmed openings in Nottingham, Bristol and Cardiff for the year ahead.

Formed in 2010, The Alchemist currently operates 12 venues across the UK and employs over 700 team members. The company is backed by Palatine Private Equity, which supported a buy out from Living Ventures in 2015.

Victoria Stewart, Finance Director at The Alchemist, commented, “We’re thrilled to have received further funding from Santander – particularly in the current climate. While the sector certainly remains tough and competitive, we’re confident in our offering, our people and our vision.”

“The phenomenal growth of the business in a short space of time has been made possible by the dedication, passion and talent of The Alchemist people, and I have no doubt that they will deliver on our vision to grow the brand further across the UK and beyond. We are grateful for the continued support of both Palatine and Santander in providing investment in our growth plans and in our people.”

Chris Thomas, Director, Structured Finance, Financial Sponsors at Santander, said, “The Alchemist has shown itself to be a great concept that benefits from a strong management team and experienced, supportive investors. Following on from our previous Growth Capital support, Santander is delighted to continue working with the company in its next phase of growth.”

Kieran Lawton, Investment Director at Palatine, concluded, “Santander’s continuing support of The Alchemist is testament to the high quality business that the team are developing. The Alchemist continues to be one of the leading performers in its sector, and this additional financial support from Santander will allow the team to further develop the brand and concept over the next few years.”