Recognise Bank Provides £5m Commercial Loan to Property Developer

Purely commercial deal completes two weeks ahead of schedule

Recognise Bank has agreed a £5 million commercial loan with property company Grangewood Investments Ltd. The loan was made so that the developer could refinance and raise equity on two commercial investment properties on the Oakwood Hill Industrial Estate in Loughton, Essex.

One building houses serviced offices for a number of SMEs and is partially owner-occupied. The other is a development made up of repurposed shipping containers and leased to various businesses, the anchor tenant being a Costa coffee shop.

The client was introduced to Recognise Bank by advisors Jon Dibble and Michael Oats from PIA Financial Group. The deal, which was offered with an initial interest-only period, was completed quickly and ahead of schedule due to the collaboration between key stakeholders including lawyers, valuer, introducer, client and lender.

Michael Oats, Associate Director at PIA Financial Group, said: “I had worked with Grangewood Investments previously, so I knew how strong the business was. I was initially concerned about finding the right lender because the assets were purely commercial, a situation which has proven tricky since the start of the Covid pandemic.

“However, as soon as I discussed the case with Recognise Bank, any fears I had completely disappeared. The Bank’s process was very easy, and the team made onboarding a pleasure. I’d like to say thanks again to the team at Recognise Bank for their efforts in getting this over the line.”

Shami Sharma, Business Development Manager at Recognise Bank, said: “This case had a few challenges, including the quirky nature of the shipping container development and a tight timescale from the borrower. However, we worked as a team with the other stakeholders, which meant we were able to move quickly and efficiently to complete the deal two weeks ahead of schedule.”

Recognise Bank was created to serve SMEs that are being ignored by the big banks and offers a range of unregulated business loans through a network of relationship managers across the UK. This personal relationship approach is supported by cloud-based banking technology to provide quick lending decisions, giving borrowers faster access to their funds.

The Bank recently hit a milestone of £100 million in lending and £95 million in deposits through its range of personal savings accounts. Later in April Recognise Bank will be launching Business Savings.