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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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Director & Management

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 18 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.

 

Barry Ireland

Business Development Manager

Barry is our Business Development Manager, having previously been a Mortgage Broker himself for many years, specialising in complex lending, including Bridging Loans and Development Finance, Self Build Projects, Commercial Lending, and a wide variety of complex borrower and property scenarios, so has a strong understanding of the challenges Brokers face day-to-day, and is here to help make the process as smooth as possible. Barry started in Financial Services in 2003, and in that time also has Conveyancing experience with a number of Law Firms, so has a background in every step of the lending process. Qualified in both CeMAP and L4 Advanced Mortgage Advising, Barry is a dedicated point of contact for any enquiries, questions and queries on potential new cases or lending criteria. Please feel free to call him on 07340 998468 to discuss any potential new cases or criteria questions, and he will be happy to help.

Sarah Bott

Underwriting & 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.

Finance & Business Development Experts

Sarah Barker

Sarah Barker

Underwriter

Joining Apex as a Lending administrator, Sarah is the longest serving of our amazing underwriters. Her meticulous eye for detail is key when evaluating potential risks in loan applications. She is confident and has a calm approach to problem solving and decision making. Sarah is able to build lasting relationships with brokers and clients through her friendly customer service approach whilst maintaining a professional manner.

Catherine Pietersen

Underwriter

Catherine is one of our Underwriters.  She joined us from Orchard Funding where she held the position of Senior Underwriter.  Catherine has a wealth of experience gained over a number of years after moving to the UK from South Africa in 2008.  She was previously with Zebra Finance where she worked her way up from an admin role to Senior Underwriter looking after a small team.

Marketing & Support

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.

Katie Gillard

Junior Underwriter

Katie is our Junior Underwriter and joined us from the Sytner Group where she worked for Audi’s Customer Service Department.  Katie’s efficiency skills brought her to Apex along with her previous property experience gained whilst working for Your Move Estate Agents and Professional Properties meaning she also has a good understanding of the BTL market.

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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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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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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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 £75k and £500k on a short-term basis (typically 3-18 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 85% LTV)
  • All financial situations considered — no credit check required
  • Exceptional client service and broker relationship management
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