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Fashion importer targets growth with Santander

24th May 2012 Print

Wells-based women's fashion importer, Skape, has its sights set on future growth after securing a new funding deal from Santander Corporate Banking.

Skape was founded in 2004 by Mark and Angela Pearson. The company specialises in importing international women's shoes for brands such as Irregular Choice and Miss Sixty and supplies retailers across Europe, including Schuh, New Look and Next. Skape has exclusive agreements with international brands which want to establish themselves in the UK, but lack the necessary market knowledge or contacts. The new finance will enable Skape to continue its recent growth, including relocating to larger premises.

Mark Pearson said: "One of the key reasons why Santander secured Skape's business is the bank's strong international trade focus. Skape has grown significantly over the past few years, and this new funding package enables us to take this growth to the next stage. Santander took the time to understand our business and our plans, and we are confident they are the right banking partners for the next stage of our development."

Jo Norton, Relationship Director for Santander Corporate Banking in Bristol, said: "I'm delighted that we have been able to develop the right funding package to suit Skape's needs. Mark and Angela have an in-depth knowledge of their suppliers and customers and their strong business plan and management style is key to Skape's rapid growth. I look forward to seeing where the next exciting step on Skape's journey takes them."