Waterford Distillery Group launched its first whisky in June 2020 and needed a financial partner who understood the barley-to-whisky lifecycle.
"HSBC understand distilling, they understand the industry, and the processes that are involved," Mark said. "They're familiar with the Scottish and Irish whisky industries. The connection was in place from the start and it seemed effortless. They get us, they get how it works - and that's a big deal".
Prior to Waterford's inception, we worked with the company's owners when they were part of Scotch whisky brand Bruichladdich Distillery.
Waterford's chief financial officer John Adams said of the relationship: "HSBC has long understood the complexities of our industry-challenging distilling projects, be that our original whisky business at Bruichladdich, through to the very start of our Irish venture in Waterford.
"I am only too delighted to be working with them once again, particularly as we look to accelerate our growth in sales worldwide over the next four years."
Grant Bett, relationship director at HSBC UK added: "We are delighted to refinance Waterford Distillery and support its ambitious plans to expand internationally, as part of its growth strategy.
"Waterford are a fantastic example of an innovative whisky distiller using local providence and sustainable practices to bring their award-winning brand to the market."