Healthy expansion for community pharmacy operator following funding from Santander UK

  • RB Healthcare is an independent community pharmacy operator in the North West
  • The company has acquired 11 new pharmacies in Manchester and Merseyside in a one-off deal
  • Santander UK has provided a funding package in excess of £12.5m to support the company’s acquisition and organic growth strategies


Merseyside-headquartered RB Healthcare, which operates a group of independent community pharmacies in the North West, has completed a deal to acquire 11 pharmacies following more than £12.5m funding from Santander UK.

The innovative funding package comprises property loans, term debt, working capital and overdrafts. RB Healthcare has also switched its day-to-day banking to Santander UK.

RB Healthcare’s 11 new pharmacies are in Manchester and Merseyside, and significantly build on its existing portfolio of three pharmacies, which are in the same area. The company also has an online pharmacy, Clear Chemist, which it plans grow with support from Santander UK’s funding. 

This year, the community pharmacy has been involved in England’s vaccination effort, vaccinating local residents after winning a number of Covid vaccination contracts with the Government.

Rishi Bhatia, RB Healthcare Co-Director, said: "Santander UK has an in-depth understanding of the healthcare sector, our business’ growth plans, and, crucially, our core values - all of which are essential qualities in a banking partner.  The funding structure that Santander UK has put in place has allowed us to start achieving our goals from the outset. Community pharmacies have been at the forefront of healthcare during the pandemic, and Santander UK is the ideal bank to be beginning our next chapter with."

Andy Casey, Head of Medical at Santander UK, said: “We are delighted to support RB Healthcare’s major acquisition of 11 community pharmacies, and to bring it on board for all its day-to-day banking. The company is a well-known and much valued operator in the community pharmacy sector in the North West, and we look forward to helping it achieve its growth plans in coming months and years.” 


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