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Financing package to support REISS’ growth ambitions

Establishing a unique style vocabulary

Founded in 1971, REISS is a premium clothing retailer that operates in the UK and internationally, offering premium menswear, womenswear and childrenswear as well as accessories. Since opening its first store in Bishopsgate in London’s City, REISS has expanded into new markets, today operating 135 stores in 15 countries and continually building out its online sales platform.

REISS is committed to ethical and sustainable operations, from the sourcing of its raw materials through to the production and all the way to its customer services. Amongst other targets, the clothing company has pledged to reduce its carbon emissions to zero or less by 2040, and to have zero scope 1 waste to landfill by 2025. REISS is also working on a number of sustainability initiatives, for example, looking into more sustainable packaging alternatives and lower carbon in-store architecture. 

Tailored debt facility provides more flexibility and cash security

To maintain cash security and increase financing flexibility for further organic growth projects, REISS approached NatWest to discuss the refinancing of an existing £44 million term facility and to put in place a more suitable funding structure.  

In the role of Lead Arranger, Facility and Security Agent, the NatWest team worked closely with the REISS team to understand in detail their plans for the future of their business and the resulting capital requirements. Based on detailed working capital modelling and sector insights, the NatWest team structured a debt package that is fit for REISS’ long-term ambitions. 

NatWest biggest supporter of UK businesses

Jonathan Blanchard, CFO at Reiss, said: “We are very pleased with the refinancing and restructuring of our debt facilities, and we thank the NatWest team, who have again proven to be an excellent and reliable partner with a deep understanding of how our business works and what we want to achieve.”

David Lifford, UK Financing Solutions, NatWest, commented: “We are thrilled to have been able to refinance and optimise the funding package for REISS. This financing deal demonstrates our commitment to the retail sector by supporting one of the UK’s fastest growing premium fashion retailers on their growth journey. NatWest is the biggest supporter of businesses in the UK, and we’re excited that we can actively contribute to the sustainable growth of the UK’s economy by supporting ambitious companies such as REISS.”

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