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Apex Bridging is powered by a brilliant team of friendly and highly knowledgeable bridging loan specialists

We are known in the industry for being warm, approachable and always available to help our brokers and their clients. You can find out more about us, and what makes Apex different from other commercial bridging finance providers, by reading our team profiles below.

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The Apex Bridging Team

Executive Team & Directors

Sona Shortland

Sonia Shortland

Managing Director

Sonia manages the firm’s day-to-day activities and underwrites all bridging loans for Apex. She focuses on building strong relationships with our brokers and partners, expanding the Apex network of specialist brokers, solicitors and partners. With 17 years of experience in the property sector, Sonia has previously worked as a valuer and negotiator for a cash-buying company and as an independent mortgage and insurance broker for several national financial services organisations.

Mike Elliot

Mike Elliot

Director

Mike started out as a Chartered Accountant with Deloitte before moving into an entrepreneurial business at an early stage. He has an impressive blend of financial and commercial expertise and joined Apex in 2013, taking on combined financial and general management roles.

Finance & Business Development Experts

Sarah Bott

Underwriting and Operations Manager

Sarah has over 20 years’ experience within the financial services sector, with a strong background managing teams in both a lending and recoveries capacity, covering a large range of products and niches. CeMap qualified she has also experienced life as a mortgage and protection broker, understanding the challenges from both Lender & Broker perspectives. She is professional, approachable and thrives on building positive working relationships ensuring high levels of service are delivered.

Annaliese Melvin

Annaliese Melvin

Relationship Manager

Annaliese works as Apex’s Business Development Manager, visiting and building connections with brokers across the country. Annaliese also underwrites bridging loan applications for Apex clients. She has worked within the investment sector for over 12 years, buying property on behalf of a property trading business, and most recently led a team as Sales Manager for a respected independent estate agency. During her time in the industry, she has worked with a number of developers and landlords and assisted with their associated investments and funding.

Sarah Barker

Sarah Barker

Underwriter

Sarah joined Apex as an experienced Lending Administrator and has now progressed to be a valued member of the underwriting team. She underwrites loans from day one all the way through to drawdown stage. She is highly organised, professional and approachable and loves building relationships and working closely with brokers to get deals done.

Tara Wiltshire

Tara Wiltshire

Underwriter

Tara’s role is to underwriter and progress loan applications. She has a strong background in mortgages having previously worked for both a building society and an investment company. She uses her expertise and knowledge of the lending and investing world to make commercial underwriting decisions that work for Apex, our brokers and their clients. She builds positive relationships easily with an approachable and ‘here to help’ attitude.

Emily Smith

Emily Kate Smith

Underwriter

Emily is one of our Underwriters. Previously she has worked in property managing a portfolio of over 250 landlords and tenants, and as a Consultant in a surveying firm working alongside valuers, managing a number of surveyors within specified client driven service levels. This experience gave her an in-depth understanding of the industry and now enables her to deliver the highest level of service to Apex clients.

Hannah Parker

Hannah Parker

Lending Administrator

Hannah is our Lending Administrator and is very busy and popular member of the team. She supports the underwriters and brokers on a daily basis by dealing with the majority of admin for each case. Her great organisation and inter-personal skills keep everything on track and running smoothly.

Andy Bayes

Andy Bayes

Head of Marketing

Andy is our Head of Marketing with over 25 years’ experience in financial services and property marketing. Andy has a strong track record of working closely with people to build and promote compelling propositions that deliver the outcome you’re looking for.

Stephanie Browne

Marketing Manager

Steph is our Marketing Manager with over 20 years marketing experience predominantly in a Marketing Management role for a range of companies in diverse sectors. She holds a CIM Professional Postgraduate Diploma in Marketing with skills in event management, branding, PR, project management, online and offline communication activity, idea creation and design.

Apex Bridging Verified Client Testimonials

Apex bent over backwards for this client

A very stressful case which only managed to stay together due to the hard work and resilience of the Apex team. A special thanks to Sarah Barker and Sonia Shortland for their unwavering commitment to this client.

James Oldham, Positive Lending

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2019-10-28T13:03:44+00:00

James Oldham, Positive Lending

A very stressful case which only managed to stay together due to the hard work and resilience of the Apex team. A special thanks to Sarah Barker and Sonia Shortland for their unwavering commitment to this client.

Speed, service and flexibility

Staff are knowledgeable, proactive and above all, a pleasure to deal with. They have a proactive, can do attitude backed with excellent service from initial enquiry through to completion, we can’t recommend them highly enough.

Dave Pinnington, Director - Intermediary Relations Finance 4 Business

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2019-07-01T13:31:43+00:00

Dave Pinnington, Director - Intermediary Relations Finance 4 Business

Staff are knowledgeable, proactive and above all, a pleasure to deal with. They have a proactive, can do attitude backed with excellent service from initial enquiry through to completion, we can’t recommend them highly enough.

Nothing short of absolutely brilliant

The flexibilities and can do attitude that has been shown to try and facilitate this loan have been nothing short of absolutely brilliant and I wanted you all to know just how appreciative I am of all the hard work you have put in.

Stephen Watts - BrightStar

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5.0
2019-10-22T11:04:50+00:00

Stephen Watts - BrightStar

The flexibilities and can do attitude that has been shown to try and facilitate this loan have been nothing short of absolutely brilliant and I wanted you all to know just how appreciative I am of all the hard work you have put in.

On track at every stage of the application

Everyone at Apex ensured that this case progressed at pace at every step for the client, resulting in a very happy client who will be looking to use myself and Apex in the future.

James Oldham, Positive Lending

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5.0
2019-10-29T13:01:11+00:00

James Oldham, Positive Lending

Everyone at Apex ensured that this case progressed at pace at every step for the client, resulting in a very happy client who will be looking to use myself and Apex in the future.
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Why Choose Apex Bridging?

  • Borrow between £100k and £2m on a short-term basis (typically 4-12 months)
  • Tailored finance solutions to suit individual circumstances — borrow to purchase, refurbish or refinance a property
  • We lend at higher LTVs than many providers (up to max 80% LTV)
  • All financial situations considered — no credit check required
  • Exceptional client service and broker relationship management
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