AOBP welcomes two new members


March 2011

Following the overwhelming growth and success of the Association of Bridging Professionals (AOBP) since its inception last year, the Executive Committee is pleased to announce the appointment of two new members to their panel.

Savills Private Finance (SPF) and First4Bridging were shortlisted by the committee earlier this month, and are now official members of the AOBP Executive Committee, bringing the panel up to 12 members.

A spokesperson from Savills Private Finance said: “We are delighted to be a part of the AOBP Executive Committee and we are looking forward to expanding our profile and getting more involved in bridging finance in the upcoming year.”

The existing members of the committee decided that it was time to expand their panel as a result of the significant surge in membership that the Association has experienced of late. Over the last three months, the AOBP have received over 200 applications from prospective associates, as well as a number of requests from affiliates and master brokers wishing to join the executives.

After much deliberation, a unanimous vote by the committee confirmed that the two new members of the panel would be SPF and First4Bridging. Both will have the opportunity to play a key role in the future activities of the Association. In lending their expertise and stature in the industry to the organisation they will contribute to its ever-growing success.

AOBP members are currently in communication with financial authorities, so as to increase transparency and understanding within the sector and to raise standards. They are also in the process of creating innovative official documentation, which will be used to both educate and inform the public and brokers about the short-term finance industry.

A spokesperson from First4Bridging said: “We are keen to raise standards within the bridging industry and an organisation that promotes and supports that is to be commended. “

“The future of bridging finance is in an exciting phase and it is exciting to be a part of an organisation whose heart is in giving the bridging finance sector the credibility it deserves.”


Sidney Cohen, Chairman of the AOBP, said: “I am delighted to welcome the 2 new members onto the AOBP Executive Committee. Myles Williams and the team at First4Bridging are well known by the majority of introducers as being a major packager within the industry. Savills’ property sector is a household name and Savills Private Finance are equally well respected within the bridging market.

“I am looking forward to our next meeting, with both new members in attendance, with great relish.”