Yamas feeds the community with open kitchens after funding

2 min read

BBLS funding & ElavonClothingNew route to market



Opened in 2007, Yamas is a tapas restaurant in Nottingham. Yamas is run by two brothers and employs ten members of staff. A go to place for customers and businesses for all occasions, they’re hugely popular. Due to customer demand, they expanded into the site next door, allowing them to increase the number of customers they serve from 80 to 120.

Like most restaurants, Yamas closed during lockdown. This loss of income, coupled with the cost of completing an extension, meant they needed support. Yamas quickly secured a Bounce Back Loan, which allowed them to reopen the restaurant safely.

Closing our business due to the pandemic, having just completed an extension, severely affected us financially. Kelly has always been there to support and guide us and helped us to secure a Bounce Back Loan so we could continue to operate.

Savvas Ktori

Owner, Yamas

It’s also allowed them to continue their support to the community. As part of the ‘open kitchens’ charity, they cook and supply free meals for those in need. They have produced over 12,000 meals during the lockdown and 1,500 meals so far in August for school children.

I’ve had the opportunity to grow our relationship from looking after Savvas and his family when I was a Personal Banker to supporting their business now. When the pandemic hit Yamas, I assured them that we’d be there to support them through it. And amazingly, despite this being a tough time for them, they’ve been supporting the vulnerable in our community. I’m so proud of their work and pleased we’ve been able to support a fantastic business like this.

Kelly West

Business Relationship Manager, Santander

Related resources

Santander All Together Now