Barney Drake, SMG

SMG celebrates 20th anniversary



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Specialist Mortgage Group (SMG), is this month celebrating the 20th anniversary of the business.

Having established in September 2001 as Y3S, before becoming SMG in 2017, the Cardiff-based group has grown significantly over the past two decades.

It now includes packager businesses Y3S Loans, Y3S Private Clients, B2B Financial, and Chaseblue Loans.

The group covers bridging, commercial and development finance, BTL, and complex first and second-charge mortgages.

“It has often been a rollercoaster ride over the last 20 years, but we are absolutely thrilled for the group to be hitting this milestone and to be looking forward to a future where we anticipate going from strength to strength,” said SMG CEO, Barney Drake (pictured above).

“We feel a long way forward from the excitement of initial launch all those years ago, but our focus remains on delivering for all our adviser partners and customers to ensure they get the right finance for their needs.

“20 years of activity in this space gives us an incredible amount of experience and know-how, plus we are very fortunate to have a team of people who believe in what we’re doing and work hard to ensure we remain committed to our core values and delivering excellence to all that use us.

“I’d like to thank everyone who has worked with SMG over the years, who have shown faith in us and contributed to us being the kind of firm we are today.

“We couldn’t have done it without you, and we raise a toast today to all our stakeholders.”

SMG acts as a master broker and packager for introducing advisers, offering advice services to clients on behalf of those firms.

Y3S started out with just three people in 2001 and has increased to 75 members of staff.

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