Awards Finalists Announced

Bridging & Commercial has announced the shortlisted nominees for the 2018 Bridging & Commercial Awards, in association with Masthaven.

Adapt are proud to have reached the final stages for all three categories in which we were nominated.

The leading companies and individuals in the bridging, commercial, development, alternative finance and specialist banking markets have been shortlisted and are now in the running to win the industry’s most prestigious awards.

Almost 2,000 votes were cast online, highlighting who the industry believes is deserving of the famed B&C gold gongs.

After nominations closed on 20th April, key lenders and brokers within the sector were tasked with narrowing down the longlist of the top nominees in each category.

The judging panels (including our own, Jordan McBriar) will deliberate on 18th May to determine the winners and highly commended in each of the 18 categories. The Marketing Campaign of the Year and Outstanding Contribution awards are determined by B&C. 

There are a number of strong categories this year, including a much larger Newcomer of the Year shortlist compared to previous years, reflecting the surge of new entrants to the bridging sector.

Meanwhile, the Specialist Product of the Year award should be closely fought, with the shortlist containing a mix of new and established companies.

The names of the winners will be kept a closely-guarded secret until this year’s event – B&C’s 10th awards ceremony – at the Hurlingham Club on Thursday 7th June.

The shortlist

Newcomer of the Year
An outstanding lender which has launched into bridging within the last two years.

Octane Capital
Pivot
Aspen Bridging
Elysium Bridging
Lendhub
Ashley Finance

Best Bridging Broker

Adapt Finance
Brightstar
Coreco
Crystal Specialist Finance
Loan.co.uk
Pure Commercial Finance
SPF

Best Use of Fintech
A company which has fully embraced technology in order to enhance its product and service offering.

AToM
Assetz Capital
Loan.co.uk
Crystal Specialist Finance
LendInvest
Together

Best Commercial Broker

Brightstar
Enness Private Clients
Crystal Specialist Finance
Watts Commercial Finance
Positive Commercial Finance
Pure Commercial Finance
Synergy Commercial Finance

Alternative Lender of the Year
The top P2P lender, crowdfunder or alternative finance provider for the last 12 months.

Assetz Capital
LendInvest
RateSetter
Funding Circle
Folk2Folk

Commercial Lender of the Year

Together
Assetz Capital
Shawbrook Bank
InterBay
Octopus Property
Market Financial Solutions

Best Bridging Partner
An indispensable professional business partner to the industry. Nominees may include solicitors, valuers, recruiters, compliance and technology providers. This category is voted on by both lender and broker panels.

Howard Kennedy
VAS Panel
JMW Solicitors
Seddons
Brightstone Law
Robert Sterling Surveyors
Lightfoots Solicitors

Best Development Broker

Adapt Finance
Arc & Co
Brightstar
Sirius Property Finance
Positive Commercial Finance
Pure Commercial Finance
SPF

Specialist Bank of the Year

Masthaven
Shawbrook Bank
United Trust Bank
OakNorth

Specialist Product of the Year
In an increasingly competitive market, a unique and innovative offering that serves the industry in an oft-overlooked area or a product which is perhaps commonly available, but is executed extraordinarily well.

Ortus Secured Finance – three-year bridge
LendInvest – BTL range
VATBRIDGE – VAT funding
Masthaven – Bridging plus
Octopus Property – Heavy refurb
Aspen Bridging – 80% LTV

Underwriter of the Year

Sarah Jackson – Pivot
Laura Carr – Hope Capital
Gemma Salousti – Octane Capital
Kurtis Phillips – Together
Raphael Benggio – Masthaven
Mike Schofield – Together

Development Lender of the Year

Amicus Property Finance
Assetz Capital
LendInvest
United Trust Bank
Avamore Capital
Aldermore
Octopus Property

Best Specialist Distributor

Brightstar
AToM
Connect for Intermediaries
Crystal Specialist Finance
Y3S Bridging & Commercial

Lender Relationship Manager of the Year

Liam Lawlor – Octane Capital
Chris Parr – Precise Mortgages
Gavin Seaholme – Shawbrook Bank
Richard King – Ortus Secured Finance
Lorenzo Satchell – Together
Harriet Smith – Masthaven
Christian Gugolz – mtf

Regulated Lender of the Year

Precise Mortgages
Masthaven
United Trust Bank
Shawbrook Bank
Together

Service Excellence – Brokers

Adapt Finance
Brightstar
Crystal Specialist Finance
Watts Commercial Finance
Coreco
SPF

Service Excellence – Lenders

Together
Ortus Secured Finance
Octane Capital
Avamore Capital
Masthaven
Octopus Property
United Trust Bank

Bridging Lender of the Year

Together
Ortus Secured Finance
LendInvest
United Trust Bank
Masthaven
Precise Mortgages
Octopus Property