Gongs galore! Businesses accept prestigious awards at bridging ceremony

Winners have been celebrating after the gongs were dished out at the prestigious 2018 Bridging & Commercial Awards.

Some 20 businesses and individuals who excelled over the past 12 months were rewarded as the great and the good from the worlds of bridging, commercial, development and alternative finance industries gathered to enjoy the B&C 10th birthday-themed event.

The glitzy bash -- sponsored by Masthaven -- took place at the exclusive Hurlingham Club in Fulham, London. And among the more than 600 guests who attended the swanky affair, none could have been happier than this representing Together.

The company received three awards following the announcement that it was chosen as Regulated and Commercial Lender of the Year, while Underwriter of the Year went to Mike Schofield.

Marc Goldberg, commercial CEO at Together, spoke of his joy at the success. He said: “We’re delighted to have taken the commercial lender title for the second year in succession, as well as winning Regulated Lender of the Year and we’d like to thank everyone that supported us.

“We all know Mike Schofield is a tremendous underwriter and an asset to the company, but it’s great that his talents have been rewarded with the Underwriter of the Year title and he should be very proud.”

Meanwhile, D'mitri Zaprzala, head of sales at Octopus Property, says winning two awards – Bridging Lender of the Year and Development Lender of the Year – is testament to the hard work put in by his team. The company was also highly commended in the Commercial Lender of the Year category and for Lender Service Excellence.

He said: "These awards are recognition of the hard work and success of the whole team over the past 12 months, a period which has seen Octopus Property achieve a number of milestones, including passing £3bn of lending, launching a number of new products and significantly growing the talented team.

Likewise, Stephen Burns was just as delighted as he saw Adapt Finance collect two awards as Best Bridging Broker and also an award for service excellence. Octane Capital won the Newcomer of the Year award and managing director Mark Posniak offered plaudits to his team for their achievement.

Jack Coombs, director of Aspen Bridging, said it was an "honour" to win the Specialist Product of the Year award with its 80% LTV product, while Harley Kagan, managing director at United Trust Bank was named Specialist Bank of the Year and hailed it as a "fantastic award to win".

Full list of winners of the B&C Awards 2018:

Newcomer of the Year

  • Winner: Octane Capital
  • Highly Commended: Aspen Bridging

Best Use of Fintech

  • Winner: Crystal Specialist Finance
  • Highly Commended: AToM

Alternative Lender of the Year

  • Winner: Assetz Capital
  • Highly Commended: Funding Circle

Best Bridging Broker

  • Winner: Adapt Finance
  • Highly Commended: Brightstar

Best Bridging Partner

  • Winner: Howard Kennedy
  • Highly Commended: VAS

Best Commercial Broker

  • Winner: Positive Commercial Finance
  • Highly Commended: Crystal Specialist Finance

Specialist Bank of the Year

  • Winner: United Trust Bank
  • Highly Commended: Masthaven

Best Development Broker

  • Winner: Pure Commercial Finance
  • Highly Commended: Sirius Property Finance

Specialist Product of the Year

  • Winner: Aspen Bridging – 80% LTV
  • Highly Commended: Ortus Secured Finance – three-year bridge

Underwriter of the Year

  • Winner: Mike Schofield – Together
  • Highly Commended: Sarah Jackson – Pivot

Development Lender of the Year

  • Winner: Octopus Property
  • Highly Commended: Assetz Capital

Commercial Lender of the Year

  • Winner: Together
  • Highly Commended: Octopus Property

Best Specialist Distributor

  • Winner: Brightstar
  • Highly Commended: Crystal Specialist Finance

Lender Relationship Manager of the Year

  • Winner: Christian Gugolz – mtf
  • Highly Commended: Richard King – Ortus Secured Finance

Regulated Lender of the Year

  • Winner: Together
  • Highly Commended: Precise Mortgages

Service Excellence – Brokers

  • Winner: Adapt Finance
  • Highly Commended: Brightstar

Service Excellence – Lenders

  • Winner: Ortus Secured Finance
  • Highly Commended: Octopus Property

Most Supportive Company

  • Precise Mortgages

Bridging Lender of the Year

  • Winner: Octopus Property
  • Highly Commended: Together

Outstanding Contribution Award

  • Alan Cleary, managing director at Precise Mortgages
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