Rise in bridging loans shows confidence back

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Confidence is soaring among North West businesses as figures show a 150 per cent increase in the number of investment loans completed so far this year.

Capital raising on businesses through bridging loans has doubled in London and the South East, but the most significant rise was in the North West, which saw a 150 per cent increase in the number of loans completed, compared to the same period in 2013.

In addition, loan values for the first six months of 2014 are 320 per cent higher than the same period last year and 13 per cent higher than the whole of 2013.

Specialist short-term lender Bridging Finance, which compiled the figures, also found Scotland was another hotbed for bridging loans and predicts 2014 could see significant investment in the Yorkshire and Humber region.

“We’ve been talking about this financial recovery since 2012,” said Bridging Finance’s managing director, Chris Baguley.

“But now the confidence in the recovery is being reflected in the huge appetite for businesses to invest in growth, and not just in London and the South East.

“The North West and Scotland are leading the way and the indications are Yorkshire and the Humber will soon follow suit.

“The reason for the significant increase in bridging loans can probably be put down to the speed in which they can be completed – in some cases less than 24 hours.”