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Our sector specialists work with companies across retail and leisure; as well as wholesalers. We work closely with our local relationship directors leveraging our experience and global network to help you achieve your goals.

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We offer a range of support from day-to-day banking to capital financing, as well as sustainability solutions to help our customers transition to net zero.


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As part of our wider support we also host sector events, publish industry insights and work in partnership with key industry bodies and Professional Services firms.

James Sawley

James Sawley

Head of Retail, Wholesale & Leisure

With a national coverage mandate, James works with retailers and leisure operators to fund and advise on event-driven activity including M&A, capital projects and IPOs, as well as fulfilling day-to-day banking requirements. HSBC’s international expertise offers James a unique insight into the challenges and opportunities offered by foreign markets.

James has 19 years’ experience as a corporate banker, 15 years covering the sector, working across leveraged finance, loan syndications and structured debt finance. James joined the banking industry as a graduate trainee in 2004 after studying Economics at The University of Sheffield. James lives in North London with his wife, Jennifer, and two children, Alfred and Martha.

Retail insights

Weaving in sustainability: The future of climate-friendly clothing

This Economist Impact report explores the challenges facing the fashion industry as it works towards to a more sustainable future.

Cautious optimism for consumer spending but what’s the outlook for the retail sector?

Despite the negative headlines, consumers are still spending. The sector does, though, face some headwinds with rising costs at the forefront. Our Head of Retail, Wholesale & Leisure, James Sawley, gives his take on the sector outlook for 2023.

Information correct as of 15 March 2023

Retail, Wholesale and Leisure sector snippet

Find out more about the latest trends, developments and challenges impacting businesses in your sector from our team of specialists.

Financing new avenues of sustainability

Footwear company Vivobarefoot is working to make its supply chain and manufacturing process more sustainable with support from an HSBC Green Trade Loan.

Focus on ESG

Today we finance a number of industries that significantly contribute to greenhouse gas emissions. We have a strategy to help our customers to reduce their emissions and to reduce our own. For more information visit

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