Hampshire Trust Bank (HTB) profits for the six months to June 30 have jumped 20% from last year.
Pre-tax profits reached £5.3m, up from £4.4m as of the end of 2016. The loan book increased to £580m, up 25%.
The bank has also announced plans to open new offices in Leeds.
Mark Sismey-Durrant, chief executive officer, said: “Hampshire Trust Bank is continuing to achieve significant and sustainable growth.
“As a specialist bank, focused on supporting SMEs in the sectors in which we operate, we take a considered approach to lending and with our recent SME Growth Watch research forecasting that SME contributions to the UK economy will grow by 19% from 2016 to 2025, we believe there are plenty of opportunities available for smaller businesses in the years ahead.”
In an interview with City A.M., Sismey-Durrant also reassured investors on the bank’s exposure to Brexit, saying that HTB’s “diversified portfolio” and “quite conservative” ledger put it in a safe position to weather the “febrile environment” of the departure from the EU.
However, he added: “Until there is some clarity about what Brexit means you do have to be slightly wary.”