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Specialist funding saves the day when the high street couldn’t help

We provided a short-term loan of £550k in five working days when a property investor was let down at the last minute by his high street bank.

The challenge

The customer had full credit approval from his bank for the purchase and development of a large house, subject to his local council granting planning permission retrospectively. However, due to delays, he was unable to secure a certificate of lawfulness to backdate planning permission for the extension – meaning the bank could not release funds in time.

The solution

The case was referred to us through the bank referral scheme, whereby banks must now signpost business customers they cannot assist directly to a number of carefully-selected alternative finance providers. We reviewed the case and agreed to provide the £550k needed on a 12-month term. The investor intends to develop the property further, with the anticipated post-refurbishment market value more than doubling to £2.1m.