The Royal Bank of Scotland has provided six-figure funding to enable a men’s tailoring firm to expand the business with a new retail outlet.
Family run men’s tailoring firm, Whitfield & Ward, has opened a brand new destination store in the heart of Wilmslow town centre.
Acquired with funding support from Royal Bank of Scotland, the new 3,800 sq ft property has provided the growing firm with a wealth of additional space to help improve its retail operations and enhance the customer experience.
Michele Fynan, Relationship Manager at Royal Bank of Scotland, said:
“Whitfield & Ward is a real success story and I am pleased that we have been able to provide funding to aid their relocation. The new store is stunning and is set to make real improvements to the business.”
Situated at The Coach House, Mill Road in Wilmslow, the luxuriously decorated store is set over two floors and boasts a welcoming reception area, private changing rooms, a dedicated hire department as well as separate space for bespoke suiting. Easily accessible by road and rail, the new store has its own private car park and is only 500m away from Wilmslow train station.
As one of the only companies of its kind in the North West to offer both bespoke tailoring and hire, Whitfield & Ward has experienced strong levels of growth during the last four years, with turnover doubling during this time. The firm, which employs nine members of staff, specialises in bespoke suits, wedding suit hire, morning suit hire, formal hire and dinner jackets.
Craig Whitfield, Owner of Whitfield & Ward, said:
“We are really pleased with our new premises. Not only do they look great and provide the customer with a really comfortable and enjoyable experience, but the added space has enabled us to make improvements to the service that we provide. Our previous store on Altringham Road was much smaller than this one and due to space confinements the customer experience was not what we wanted it to be. The improved layout has helped us to make the whole process more smooth and efficient and we couldn’t be happier with the way it is running.
“Royal Bank of Scotland have been brilliantly supportive of this move and we have been impressed with the service we have received from the bank. We have banked with them since setting up the business in 2012 and the team there really understand the business and our need to move.”
Royal Bank of Scotland has supported the acquisition of the new premises with a six-figure funding deal.