Bridging & Commercial Awards

B&C Awards 2020: winners announced

The winners of the 2020 Bridging & Commercial Awards have been announced.

The 12th annual B&C Awards — in association with United Trust Bank — has been moved to 10th June 2021 at the Hurlingham Club, as a result of ongoing concerns surrounding large-scale events due to Covid-19.

In total, 24 winners were revealed earlier today via video, celebrating the successes of many individuals and companies within the bridging, commercial, development and alternative finance sectors.

A number of companies received an award for the second time, showing consistency and dedication to the market.

Octane Capital took home the Bridging Lender of the Year award for the second year running, while The Bridging Group was crowned Best Bridging Lender Newcomer.

LDNFinance, who was named Best Bridging Broker Newcomer, last year, has received the Service Excellence award for brokers.

MT Finance — which received the Service Excellence award for lenders award in 2019 — won again this year. 

Capital B Property Finance was awarded Best Bridging Broker Newcomer, while Watts Commercial Finance picked up Best Commercial Broker.

Maslow Capital won Development Lender of the Year (£10m-plus) for the second time, while Beaufort Capital became this year’s Mezzanine Lender of the Year.

Shawbrook was named the winner in two categories: Commercial Lender of the Year and Development Lender of the Year (up to £10m).

Ranjeev Kumar, partner at Watson Farley & Williams, won the Editor’s Choice, decided by B&C editor, Beth Fisher. 

United Trust Bank was named Regulated Bridging Lender of the Year, and its own Paul Delmonte was announced Lender Relationship Manager of the Year.

The reactions to B&C's video this morning were extremely heartwarming — some of which we have shared, below.

Please continue to share pictures of you and your teams watching the B&C Awards 2020 video on Twitter and LinkedIn with the hashtag #BCAwards2020, which we will feature in a future article.

The winners were decided virtually by two judging panels, who met at the end of May to decide who deserved the coveted titles.

The video — which included clips from the judging panel chairs and B&C MD Caron Schreuder and editor Beth Fisher — can be viewed in full, below.

Full list of winners of the B&C Awards 2020:

Best Bridging Newcomer – Broker
Winner: Capital B Property Finance 
Highly Commended: VIBE Finance

Best Bridging Newcomer – Lender
Winner: The Bridging Group 
Highly Commended: TAB

Best Commercial Broker
Winner: Watts Commercial Finance
Highly Commended: Arc & Co

Specialist Product of the Year
Winner: Avamore Capital - Finish & Exit 
Highly Commended: Ortus Secured Finance – Projection-led bridging loan

Development Lender of the Year - £10m+
Winner: Maslow Capital 
Highly Commended: Octopus Real Estate

Development Lender of the Year - up to £10m
Winner: Shawbrook Bank 
Highly Commended: United Trust Bank

Mezzanine Lender of the Year
Winner: Beaufort Capital 
Highly Commended: Proseed Capital

Bridging Funding Partner of the Year
Winner: Toorak Capital Partners 
Highly Commended: OneSavings Bank

Marketing Partner of the Year
Winner: Hope Capital 

Editor's Choice Award
Winner: Ranjeev Kumar, Watson Farley & Williams LLP 

Underwriter of the Year
Winner: Michael Schofield, Together 
Highly Commended: Gemma Salousti, Octane Capital

Best Bridging Broker
Winner: Adapt Finance 
Highly Commended: Brightstar

Best Valuation Partner
Winner: VAS Panel 
Highly Commended: Capital Value Surveyors

Best Development Broker
Winner: Sirius Property Finance 
Highly Commended: LDNfinance

Commercial Lender of the Year
Winner: Shawbrook Bank 
Highly Commended: InterBay Commercial

Regulated Bridging Lender of the Year
Winner: United Trust Bank 
Highly Commended: Precise Mortgages 

Service Excellence Award – Lenders
Winner: MT Finance 
Highly Commended: Octane Capital

Service Excellence Award – Brokers
Winner: LDNfinance 
Highly Commended: Adapt Finance

Best Specialist Distributor
Winner: Brightstar 
Highly Commended: Crystal Specialist Finance

Best Solicitor
Winner: Lightfoots 
Highly Commended: Seddons

Regulated Bridging Broker of the Year
Winner: SPF Private Clients 
Highly Commended: Brightstar

Best Specialist Bank
Winner: OneSavings Bank/Precise Mortgages 
Highly Commended: United Trust Bank

Lender Relationship Manager of the Year
Winner: Paul Delmonte - United Trust Bank
Highly Commended: Liam Lawlor, Octane Capital
Bridging Lender of the Year
Winner: Octane Capital
Highly Commended: MT Finance

Huge congratulations to all the 2020 winners from all of us here at B&C!

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