Leading KFC franchisee secures £14m debt facility to bankroll new projects

Restaurant firm Auriga Holdings, which is one of the longest-serving KFC franchisees in the UK, has secured a £13.95m debt facility from Metro Bank to finance its expansion.

The funds, which represent the bank’s largest franchise loan to date, will be used by the group to further invest in its estate, with plans to open more hospitality sites over the coming years.

London-based Auriga operates a range of coffee and fast food outlets, with over 20 sites and 500 employees.

Afnan Bashir, managing director at Auriga Holdings, said: “We are delighted with the prospect of working with Metro Bank to facilitate our growth over the coming years. They have been very supportive throughout our banking migration process, and their dynamic and proactive approach to lending will be critical in our future plans.”

Mark Stokes, managing director – commercial Banking at Metro Bank, said: “This deal is particularly exciting for us as it marks Metro Bank’s largest loan package in the franchise sector to date. Our expert knowledge and personal approach enabled us to create a funding solution that will support Auriga’s existing debt and working capital.”

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