West One breaks £80m barrier in Q1

The provider completed £30m of completions in February alone, which it said reflects both its own success and the continued growth of the industry.

West One’s Bridging Index recently found that the industry is issuing nearly £50m of short-term finance every week to create an annual gross lending figure of £2.5bn.

Stephen Wasserman, director of West One Loans, said: “The reputation of bridging continues to improve and borrowers and introducers alike are more aware of the options on offer.

“High street banks still appear reluctant to do their bit to finance the recovery and lenders like West One Loans are picking up the slack.

“Meanwhile, the macro-economic picture is favourable and our borrowers continue to be confident in the market’s outlook. Those factors have combined to create a great environment in which to do business.”

He added: “January and March have been good months but February was exceptional.

“We’re written a remarkably wide range of loans since the start of the year, from a couple of £30,000 deals at one end of the spectrum to multi-million pound deals at the other.

“This goes some way to demonstrating the flexibility of our approach.”