Awards

B&C Awards 2018 shortlist announced



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

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 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.

All shortlisted nominees will be contacted directly with details of how to progress their nomination(s).

To read more about the process, visit our B&C Awards 2018 page.

To view last year’s winners, go to B&C Awards 2017: Winners announced.

To book your place on one of our few remaining tables, please contact Caron Schreuder on 0203 818 0162 or via [email protected]

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

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
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
JMW Solicitors 
Seddons
Brightstone Law
Robert Sterling Surveyors
Lightfoots Solicitors 

Best Development Broker

Adapt Finance
Arc & Co 
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 

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    Caron

    Hi Aaron There are two judging panels and two sessions. Broker judges judge lender categories and vice versa. In the Fintech category, where both lenders and brokers are present as nominees, the broker panel will vote on the lender nominees and the lender panel on the broker nominees and the chairs will make a call on the winner and highly commended.

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    Aaron Noone

    could it be explained how it works when a nominee has a representative on the judging panel?

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