Bank announces winners of its Annual Broker Awards

18 June 2018

Cambridge & Counties Bank announces winners of its annual finance broker awards

  • Real Property Finance Ltd named Residential Broker of the Year
  • GDP Funding Ltd named Commercial Broker of the Year Award

Sheffield-based Real Property Finance Ltd have again been named Residential Broker of the Year at Cambridge & Counties Bank’s annual broker awards. GDP Funding Ltd, based in Manchester, walked away with the Commercial Broker of the Year Award, the first time the firm has won this category.

Broker Awards 2018

Cambridge & Counties Bank’s annual broker awards has been running for five years and looks to reward the brokers that have helped drive the bank’s record growth. In 2017, Cambridge & Counties passed £1bn in lending, since its launch in 2012. Finance brokers are a fundamental part of the banks business model.

Almost 40 brokers from across England and Wales gathered in Leicestershire to celebrate the partnerships which have enabled Cambridge & Counties to deliver lending to an increasing number of SME businesses and property investors. The event at Kilworth House culminated in two awards being presented to firms in recognition of the volume and value of business they have brought to the bank in the past year.

Yorkshire’s Real Property Finance made it five successful years in a row by being named Residential Broker of the Year.

Cambridge & Counties’ Chief Executive Officer, Mike Kirsopp, and Chief Development Officer, Simon Lindley hosted the event. Mike said:

“The partnerships we and the brokers have forged play a huge part in growing our businesses together. It has been another record year for Cambridge & Counties and huge credit for that goes to the brokers who have helped their clients add significant value to their businesses thanks to our teamwork.”

The awards were presented to Andy Churchill, Alan Laslett and Alex Churchill of Real Property Finance Ltd and Gareth Rees and Paul Wilcox of GDP Funding Ltd.

GDP’s Gareth Rees said:

“Cambridge & Counties has been an important partner over the last four years and during that time we have completed a significant volume of business which included a number of larger, more complex commercial transactions. We very much look forward to working with Cambridge & Counties going forward in 2018 and beyond.”

Andy Churchill of Real Property Finance Ltd said:

“We enjoy a very strong and heathy relationship with the bank which continuously displays a ‘can do’ approach to the sometimes quite challenging requests that we make of them. Its staff’s ability to think out of the box and personally underwrite deals puts them at a distance from the more tick box mentality displayed by other lenders. Long may this continue to the mutual benefit of all.”

The brokers at Kilworth House came from the bank’s key markets based around its offices in Leicester, Birmingham, Sheffield, Cambridge and Bristol.