UTB announces new head of sales for bridging



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United Trust Bank (UTB) has strengthened its bridging finance sales team by promoting Owen Bentley (pictured above) to head of sales and appointing Scott Apps as a BDM.

Owen joined UTB in 2019 as a BDM and was later promoted to key account manager. 

In his new role, he will be responsible for the bridging sales team, comprising Paul Delmonte, Nick Warren, Paul Mansell and Scott. 

He will also support director of bridging, Gavin Diamond, and sales director of property intermediaries, Mike Walters, to further develop the bank’s bridging product, process and service proposition.

Scott has worked in specialist property finance for over seven years, most recently with Castle Trust. 

He will be assisting brokers across London and the South East with all of UTB’s bridging portfolio, and is particularly knowledgeable in unregulated loans. 

“We’re seeing exceptional demand for UTB’s flexible and competitive short-term funding from brokers up and down the country, and we’re continuing to develop our sales team to ensure we can support brokers who are embracing bridging as a versatile part of their specialist property finance tool kit,” said Gavin.

“I’m delighted to welcome Scott to the team and congratulate Owen on his promotion to this key role in the bridging division. 

“We have exciting plans for the future, and I know Owen and the BDM team will continue to build on our recent strong performance and provide support to even more brokers across England, Wales and Scotland.”

The announcement follows a period of growth in the bank’s bridging business, following a record year of new lending in 2020.

Last year, the company welcomed 42 new team members, with the majority being recruited and trained remotely.

UTB also confirmed that it was seeing higher volumes of enquiries and completions being sustained this year.

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