Quintessentially concierge service secures loan from US shareholder

Ben Elliot, the Old Etonian nephew of the Duchess of Cornwall and co-chairman of the Conservative Party, co-founded Quintessentially in 2000

Ben Elliot, founder of the concierge company Quintessentially. 

A high-end concierge service with links to the Tory party has secured a loan from a US shareholder after the coronavirus pandemic hit its business. 

Quintessentially - which was co-founded in 2000 by Ben Elliot, the Old Etonian nephew of the Duchess of Cornwall and joint chairman of the Conservative Party - was handed the money by one of its investors, New York-listed petrol and jet fuel distributor World Fuel Services.

The firm's accounts for the year to April 2019 are more than six months overdue. Its last set of accounts, which were also filed more than six months late, reported a loss before tax of £3.4m. 

Quintessentially recently shelved plans to  build “the world’s largest floating private membership club” in the form of a superyacht. It caters to ultra-rich clients, offering them luxury lifestyle experiences and access to exclusive events.

In 2011, World Fuel Services invested tens of millions of pounds in the business to help drive a joint move into the private airport market.

It has now agreed to give Quintessentially a loan, according to a filing with Companies House. World Fuel Services' finance chief Ira Birns is a director of Quintessentially.

Quintessentially did not comment.