The UK’s leading challenger bank becomes the latest member of the ASTL


Shawbrook, the UK’s leading challenger bank and one of the biggest names in the specialist mortgage sector, joins the Association of Short Term Lenders (ASTL), taking the membership to 34 alongside its 24 associate members.


The specialist UK lending and savings bank which offers competitive rates for asset finance, savings accounts, mortgages and loans was founded in 2011 to serve the needs of SMEs and individuals across the country with a range of lending and saving products.  The group now has five lending divisions consisting of commercial mortgages, asset finance, secured lending, business credit and consumer lending.  It launched into regulated bridging in October last year.
The news comes just weeks after it was revealed that bridging loans written by members of the ASTL were up 14 per cent in 2015.  Karen Bennett, sales and marketing director at Shawbrook says, “We have been in the bridging market since our launch five years ago.  In that time we have seen the ASTL go from strength to strength working hard to raise standards in the bridging industry.  It is testament to their success that we are now happy to join the organisation, confident that we will be meeting with a number of like-minded lenders working together to raise the profile of bridging and the valuable role that it plays in today’s lending market.”


Benson Hersch, chief executive of the ASTL says, “Shawbrook has an excellent reputation and an outstanding track record in the bridging industry.  It has long been a name that has stood out as a genuine challenger bank, not only in the bridging market but increasingly in more mainstream areas of lending too and we are very pleased to welcome them as a member.


“Similarly to the ASTL, Shawbrook understands the importance of building strong relationships with brokers, clients and other business partners while ensuring the highest industry standards are adhered to.  Shawbrook’s market intuition, industry knowledge and valuable experience is a welcome addition to the ASTL and the new partnership will contribute to the association’s growing diversity.”


Press release 23 February 2016