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Cardiff: Signature returns to its roots

SIGNATURE Property Finance, one of the UK’s leading short-term property finance providers has returned to its roots, with new offices in Nantgarw, Cardiff, which have now become the firm’s registered offices and headquarters.

Co-founder & CEO, Tony Gilbertson, who was born and bred in Pontypridd, has decided to relocate the company’s headquarters from Birmingham to Wales, where the company already has an established presence amongst the property developer, landlord and commercial broker communities.

Birmingham was home to the headquarters for 10 years, but with the increasing opportunities throughout the whole of the region and the company’s growing Welsh workforce, the switch to Nantgarw made perfect sense and will undoubtedly improve efficiency and deal speed.

Thomas Howells, Chief Operating Officer, another proud Welshman from Pontardawe, commented: “The move of our registered office to Cardiff was an important decision for our future and not one taken lightly. There were good business reasons, but also valuable personal reasons influencing our decision.

“We have a strong commitment to building relationships with more brokers and property developers across all the Welsh regions. They have already shown their ambition to work with a lender that truly understands the local market and we wanted to ensure this was reflected in our location choices.

“Our new Nantgarw office is bigger than the old Birmingham one and provides plenty of space, not only for collaborative working, but room for expansion as we grow our team. We have already added two new Client Relationship Executives, who both live close to the office, to our Graduate Employment scheme to leverage local talent to improve our service.

“The change also supports a better work/life balance for its Welsh contingent with a shorter commute. Our new office is also more convenient for working with our Brand Ambassador, Wales and British Lions rugby legend Scott Quinnell.

“Overall, we believe that this move is a great way to invest in Wales and help local developers meet the growing demand for good quality modern living. We believe we are one of only a very small number of specifically bridging principal lenders in Wales, and it feels good to bring the business home.

“The Signature commitment to the region extends beyond lending and recruitment as we look to embed the business in the local community. We are committed to sponsoring local teams and events to ensure the Signature brand achieves the recognition it deserves, whilst giving something back.

“We take inspiration from The Development Bank of Wales, which provides funding that benefits Wales and its people, an ethos we share. However, growth of our business also in Scotland and across England means we will continue to lend wherever opportunities arise to support brokers and property developers.”

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