Bridging market rebounds in Q2 2022

by Ivor

Bridging market rebounds in Q2 2022

Bridging applications, completions and loan books all rebounded Q2 2022, according to the latest data from the Association of Short Term Lenders (ASTL).

The figures, compiled by auditors from data provided by members of the ASTL, show that bridging completions were just over £1.2bn in the quarter ending June 2022, an increase of 17.4% on the previous quarter. This means that completions have now been more than £1bn for five consecutive quarters.

Bridging applications rose considerably to £7.5bn, an increase of 18.7% compared to the quarter ended March 2022, and the size of loan books has also risen, reaching a new high of just under £6.1bn.

Vic Jannels, CEO of the ASTL says: “The latest ASTL Data Survey shows a very strong set of results, with bridging applications, completions and loan books all rebounding significantly on the first quarter of the year. As a result, the value of loan books has now reached a record level of more than £6bn. This demonstrated the resilient nature of this market, which continues to grow and mature, attracting a wider number of customers.

“However, there is reason for caution. The value of loans has started to rise, as have repossessions, and in the current economic climate, it is vital that bridging lenders continue to operate in a way that is responsible and sustainable. At the ASTL, we are helping the market to achieve this sustainable growth. Not only do our members commit to behaving in line with our strict Code of Conduct, but we are also working together with our colleagues at the Financial Intermediary & Broker Association (FIBA) and the London Institute of Banking & Finance (LIBF) on the delivery of an optional e-learning course later this year that will help to ensure minimum standards across our industry.”

Q2 2022 Trends

Quarter ended 

30 June 2022 compared to Quarter ended 31 March 2022


Quarter ended 

30 June 2022 compared to Quarter ended   

30 June 2021

Year ended

30 June 2022 compared to

Year ended

30 June 2021

Loans written (£)






Loan book (£)*






Applications (£)






Loans in default (£)*




*As at the end of the period



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Press Release, Friday 26th August 2022