Business bank moves to new offices following rapid growth

Pictured left to right: David Hehir, Head of Allied Irish Bank (GB)’s Birmingham Business Centre with some of the bank's city-based senior team members, Bartley Finnegan, Mike Tierney, Mark Duggan and Adam Breakspear. Photo credit: Dave Warren/Picture Team

The Birmingham Business Centre of Allied Irish Bank (GB) has moved to new offices following a concentrated period of rapid growth.

Located on the first and second floors of 63 Temple Row in the heart of Birmingham’s business district, the bespoke-designed approx. 9,000 sq ft premises includes flexible working spaces, a library and collaboration area for the city-based team, plus enhanced client facilities including meeting rooms and a large boardroom.

According to David Hehir, Head of Allied Irish Bank (GB)’s Birmingham Business Centre, the significant investment underlines the bank’s continuing commitment to Birmingham and the wider West Midlands, while providing modern, high quality facilities with scope for further growth.

Hehir said: “Over the last two years we’ve achieved 35% growth in our loan book, which is a testament to both the talent and hard work of the team here in Birmingham and the bank’s appetite for lending to ambitious mid-sized and large businesses. Deals within the healthcare sector across the region have been particularly buoyant in the last two years, with the team strengthened by the appointment last year of relationship manager Adam Breakspear, a well-known specialist in this sector.”

Hehir continued: “Our focus on the key economic growth sectors of manufacturing, healthcare, hotels & hospitality and professional practices is certainly paying dividends, with customers and professional contacts telling us they value the in-depth understanding and market knowledge that we’re able to bring as a result. We have £2bn in specialist UK lending funds dedicated to supporting customers anticipating growth in these sectors, plus we’re very keen to talk to businesses with sustainable growth plans from all sectors.

“Deal pipeline for the New Year is already looking very healthy, notwithstanding the challenges that Brexit may present. Birmingham city centre is currently booming, with its raft of new construction projects and headquarters relocations, and the wider region is also set to benefit from upcoming major initiatives such as HS2 and the Commonwealth Games. It’s an exciting time for the region and we look forward to working with more growing businesses during 2019.”