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Coutts Commercial

Media Banking

For more than 30 years, Coutts Media Banking team has provided lending, deposit, general banking, transmission, international and forex services to commercial clients in the media sector. Highly connected and expert within the creative industries, every aspect of our advice and solutions are tailored to the needs of clients within this world. close

“Coutts is renowned in the media, creative, arts and entertainment sectors and we are proud to work with some of the most exciting and developing businesses within the UK today. We provide an exceptional level of advice, products and services that we tailor in line with our understanding and needs of this dynamic industry.”


Intricate understanding and


Coutts is widely recognised for its in-depth understanding of the intricate banking and financing needs of the media world. Coutts Media Banking team managers have an average of at least fifteen years’ experience in the media world, and long-standing client relationships that surpass the industry norm. Based at Coutts Strand office, Coutts Media Banking team hosts the largest concentration of media expertise within the UK banking sector. Since it was established, the team has developed a breadth of genuine expertise serving the media, creative and entertainment sectors and specialises in working with independent and owner-managed businesses, with clients ranging from small and medium sized operations to very substantial businesses.

The team prides itself on understanding the media industry and clients’ own businesses and has provided funding to support working capital for numerous high-profile projects – including film and television productions – and assisted many businesses in their corporate aspirations, acquisition and exit strategies. The team has played a crucial part in the creation of shareholder wealth by working with many clients from development, to start up through to the completion of specific projects or the exit of their business.


specialist banking services and

invaluable connections

Coutts Commercial Media Banking team provides media clients with a full suite of flexible banking and international services. From specialist advances and loan financing, overdrafts, business cards, expert currency management and transactional services. Coutts products and services supported through a modern online banking platform are tailored for our clients’ specific commercial needs and delivered by knowledgeable experts who care.

Highly connected, the team has an enviable address book of industry contacts – from specialist lawyers and accountants to advisers and finance sources – who we draw on to ensure exceptional support and a consolidated service. The team’s extensive network of clients has proved invaluable in furthering opportunities through business-to-business introductions and by contributing to the growth of the media industry itself.


Over 18s Only. All credit is subject to approval and affordability checks. Terms and conditions apply. Security may be required. Product fees may apply.
Any property used as security, which may include your home, may be repossessed if you do not keep up repayments on a mortgage or other debt secured on it.



With clients across the music, film and television industries, Coutts has a long-standing history of working with some of the most renowned organisations within advertising, publishing, theatre, arts, fashion and entertainment. In response to the rapid expansion of digital technology, the team has dedicated experts who manage the banking and financing needs of business in the technology and internet sectors.

Coutts Media Banking team has an extensive network and regularly hosts renowned initiatives that ensure that they and our clients are always connected with industry issues and opportunities. Attendance at key events within the media calendar – the Cannes and Berlin Film Festival, The Great Escape, MIDEM, MIPCOM and MIPTV – enable influential introductions and collaborations.

  • Music

    With a long-standing history within the music industry, Coutts Media Banking team offers specialist loan financing services to support merger and acquisition transactions, catalogue and rights purchases. The team has extensive experience in copyright, and offers advances for term extensions or improved royalty splits, financing for festivals, merchandising and other live events.

  • Film and television

    Coutts Media Banking team provides extensive production finance capabilities against pre-sales and broadcaster commissions (contract discounting) and other acceptable collateral. The team provides advance project finance against appropriate tax incentives within the UK, and select tax incentives available overseas. Other key services for the film and television industry include working capital overdraft facilities against receivables and other acceptable security; lending secured on the value of intellectual property including acceptable film and television-owned rights. The team has an expert understanding of the characteristics and specialist requirements required for trust and production bank accounts.

  • Theatre, Art, Fashion and Entertainment

    Working with some of the most influential and successful organisations and individuals within the arts, Coutts Media team provides bespoke capital overdraft and loan facilities that are devised to support project, merger and acquisition activities against collateral which includes receivables.  Working with Coutts specialist advisers, the team provides advance project finance against available tax incentives within the UK, with a specific focus on theatre and the development of computer games.

  • Advertising, Marketing services and literary publishing

    Coutts experts are established and well networked within the media arena and offer a range of specialist services for clients within this dynamic sector. With working capital overdraft and loan facilities, the team supports project, merger and acquisition activities – collateral for which includes receivables. Extensive loan financing facilities are available to support merger and acquisition transactions, business growth strategies and specific projects.

  • Technology and internet

    The rise of technology has opened doors to a wealth of opportunities for our clients. Coutts Media Banking team is perfectly positioned to support clients’ own growth within this exciting sector, with working capital and loan finance against acceptable collateral which ranges from receivables, to advances, contracted future cash flows and intellectual property.

  • Interactive Entertainment

    From esports, gaming and streaming to influencers, Interactive Entertainment has evolved to be a major multimedia growth engine. Likewise, our commercial banking has developed to serve companies and individuals working in this fast-changing and dynamic sphere. We’re here to work closely with you through every business stage. Depending on your circumstance, we may be able to provide capital loans and financing to facilitate potential growth, supported where appropriate by our commercial expertise in intellectual property.

    Security may be required. Product fees may apply. Finance is only available for business purposes.

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Over 18s Only. All credit is subject to approval and affordability checks. Terms and conditions apply. Security may be required. Product fees may apply.
Any property used as security, which may include your home, may be repossessed if you do not keep up repayments on a mortgage or other debt secured on it

Neil Phelps

Head of Media, Coutts Commercial

Neil Phelps

With over 45 years’ experience within the banking industry, Neil has held a number of senior roles throughout his long career within Coutts. Neil took responsibility for developing the Coutts Commercial Media team 19 years ago. Prior to that, Neil launched the bank's Professional Partnerships team and has worked within Coutts structured finance and credit risk departments. Neil describes working at Coutts and in particular the Media business as, “A little like a private members’ club that you have to belong to because all of the right people are here for us to connect you with."

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