Bank supports major zoo development

Bank supports major zoo development

NatWest has provided funding for a number of new developments which have taken place at Twycross Zoo in Leicestershire.

The zoo is currently in the midst of a £55m development, which will transform the 88-acre site into one of the UK’s leading visitor attractions. 

So far two major developments have been completed, the Giraffe Savannah and Gibbon Forest, while three new exhibits have opened. 

Dr Sharon Redrobe, CEO of Twycross Zoo, is leading the development and was delighted to have partnered with NatWest, who she said had been very supportive of the zoo’s plans.

“Their strategy of having leisure specialists who understand the nature of running a business like ours gives comfort, and will give us a productive working relationship for many years to come.  

“It is important for us to have a medium- to long-term view on the turnaround of Twycross Zoo, and NatWest fully appreciate this.”

Alison Rose, CEO of Commercial & Private Banking at NatWest, added that it had worked with the zoo on the recent Gibbon Forest, which she felt marked an ambitious step to making it one of the largest enclosures of its kind in Europe.

“It offers remarkable facilities for endangered species, as well as raising awareness through educating visitors. 

“The solid relationship we have with Sharon will continue as we look to support the zoo with their ambitions, helping build on their success as a business and charity.” 

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