Guest Blog: GrowthFunders

Guest Blog: GrowthFunders

Written by Craig Peterson, the Co-Founder and COO at GrowthFunders   “An Introduction To Crowdfunding” Over the last few years, start up, and early stage business owners have found it increasingly difficult to raise seed funding through traditional channels. It used to be that the bank was the place to go, but with the [...]

Private placements – paving the way towards new affordable housing

It’s no secret that housing providers are seeking alternative sources of funding at a time when waiting lists for affordable accommodation are continuing to increase. Cuts in government grants, along with a growing reluctance among banks to add more property loans to their books, means that housing providers are now [...]

Tackling the affordable housing funding gap in an age of austerity – joint ventures as a strategic option

While the affordable housing sector is facing a significant funding gap due to cuts in government grants and reduced bank lending periods, housing providers have also cited government austerity measures as additional obstacles to new developments. Such measures include the government’s affordable rent programme and benefit caps, which housing providers [...]

Institutional investment in affordable housing – when bank lending is no longer sufficient

The housing sector stands on the cusp of a severe funding gap. Where banks once accounted for 89% of funding for this crucial sector, an economic crisis means that they are no longer keen to provide loans to housing providers. Instead, they have cut lending periods, raised the cost of [...]

Carlton & Co – Regional Growth Fund Round 3 Bid

Carlton & Co has submitted a bid to the Regional Growth Fund for a project that will create jobs and provide much-needed homes. We have applied to the Regional Growth Fund for £10m to lever in £30m in private sector institutional investment, with the aim of creating “The Carlton Affordable [...]

Boosting the UK’s economy: Housing – the key to growth?

Having followed with interest the latest developments in the housing crisis, we couldn’t have agreed more with business secretary Vince Cable when he said that spending on housing was the obvious way to kick-start the economy, as reported in the London Evening Standard: With an increasing demand for affordable [...]

Social housing – A large scale investment opportunity for pension funds?

We’re aware that the pension industry is taking increasing notice of new, non-traditional investment opportunities which can potentially offer highly attractive assets. One of these new opportunities takes the form of social housing, which – although still developing as an asset class – is expected to be picked up within [...]

Carlton & Co makes a move into London

Carlton & Co makes a move into London

We’re pleased to announce that we have recently opened a London office to help us strengthen our links with major investors in the City. Our new office in Berkeley Square will help us to meet increasing demands from some of the UK’s major pension funds which have recently stepped up [...]

Financing a new affordable housing supply – towards a nil grant solution

Financing a new affordable housing supply – towards a nil grant solution

We’ve recently read with interest the National Housing Federation’s response to central government regarding the delivery of affordable housing, with particular focus on how the government could ensure that sufficient resources are available to support the delivery of future housing projects ( With a serious gap in funds for the [...]

Ken Livingstone wants Pension Funds to invest in housing

Published in Inside Housing, 13 April 2012 If Ken Livingstone is elected to Mayor of London he plans to ask local authorities to invest directly into social housing.   We like this plan indeed, we presented a similar proposal to the HCA and the Local Authorities Strategic Team back in [...]

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