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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 [...]

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 [...]

Alternative sources of finance

Alternative sources of finance

 Alternative Sources of Finance Published in Business on 16 Mar 2012    If social housing providers are to meet the escalating need for affordable housing they must explore alternative sources of private sector funding to bridge the funding gap, following the cuts to government grants and less favourable conditions for borrowing. High property [...]

Bankers circle-cash-starved housing associations

Bankers circle-cash-starved housing associations We read with interest the above article which was published in The Sunday Times, 19.02.2012 about the pressures on housing associations/registered providers (“HARP’s”) to fund future development programmes.   As banks increasingly become lenders of short-term finance this move has left a gap in the market for providers of [...]

Craig awarded MBA (Enterprise)

  Carlton MD, Craig Peterson was awarded an MBA (Enterprise) at the Teesside University degree ceremony yesterday.   The award marks the end of three years knowledge learning and research.   Commenting on the event, Craig said “I’ve really enjoyed the whole experience and learnt so much from the course [...]

Aviva Investors launch Social Housing Fund – REaLM

28 July 2011 (London): Aviva Investors today announced the launch of four new real estate funds designed with the aim of addressing the current under-funding issues being experienced by UK pension schemes.   The four funds form part of the Return Enhancing and Liability Matching (REaLM®) strategy that aim to hedge [...]

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