AOBP announces AGM details

The event will take place at the May Fair Hotel in London on Thursday 24 November from 3.30 – 8.00pm.

The Association of Bridging Professionals has announced details of its 2016 AGM, opening the doors to members and non-members to address key legislative and political issues arising from the ever-growing short-term finance market.

The event, which will take place at the May Fair Hotel in London on Thursday 24 November from 3.30 – 8.00pm, will focus on the state-of-the-market given recent regulation changes and the EU referendum result, lobbying aims and objectives for 2017 and how all sectors of the supply chain can deliver best practice.

Presentations will be delivered by Stephen Todd, founder and director at Valuation Audit Services and Adam Challis, head of UK Residential Research at JLL, with further names to be announced over the coming weeks.

Special guest speaker is British teenage millionaire and young entrepreneur Josh Valman, CEO at RPD International, which helps companies develop new products and test them in worldwide markets while reducing the cost and risk of exploring and creating innovative new ideas.

The AOBP provides a service to lenders, intermediaries, master brokers and packagers in the bridging finance industry by providing a forum for discussion on non-competitive issues, acting as a trade body to help promote a favourable operating environment and providing information to assist them in their business.

Russell Martin (pictured), chairman of the AOBP and managing director of Finance 4 Business, said: “This has been an unprecedented year in the financial sector, despite a small slump in activity following the Mortgage Credit Directive (MCD), Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) and the EU referendum the short-term lending market continues to bounce back and maintain its annual upward trajectory.

“This year’s AGM is a must-attend for all parties involved in short-term lending, where we will pick through all these changes and dissect how the AOBP can continue to improve service, products and the legislative landscape for the ultimate benefit of brokers and their customers.

“To maximise attendance we will be operating an open-door policy, giving access to both members and non-members. I cannot overstate our role in the long-term protection of this industry, whereby we warmly welcome input and feedback to ensure our aims and objectives remain firmly focused on meeting market requirements.”