Hope Capital chief executive officer Jonathan Sealey says that making two key apointments and moving to new premises is rich evidence of the company having "another exciting year of growth".
Hope Capital says it has had its most successful three months and is growing significantly. It has expanded its team after making the two appointments in the past month and is now about to more than double its office space, as part of its "long term trajectory of growth and expansion".
The privately funded bridging lender has increased its headcount by 30 per cent in 2017 and is in the process of taking on a much larger and newer office in order to support its ongoing growth.
Hope Capital’s loan book, which it says has at least doubled in size every year since its inception in 2011, is on target to reach its highest level in the company’s history by the end of the year.
And Mr Sealey said: “2017 has been another exciting year of growth for us, and these two key appointments will be instrumental in the continued development of Hope Capital.
"We are very much a service-focused lender, so when recruiting we always look for individuals who really understand the need for quick turnaround times, as well as having an extensive knowledge of the market and strong, long-standing relationships."
Rachel Harkins takes on the role of BDM for Wales and the South West while Gemma Bancroft joins Hope Capital as a case manager. Gemma, who has worked in financial services for 14 years, will liaise with valuers and solicitors, as well as brokers and clients during the application process. She will also work with the internal underwriting department to ensure a smooth and speedy turnaround, keeping all parties up to date at all times.
Rachel specialised in the funding proposals market for nearly five years and is now responsible for developing new business across Wales and the South West. She is said to have a clear understanding of what brokers and clients’ requirements are while her knowledge of the bridging market has allowed her to build and maintain relationships with brokers, clients and packagers alike.