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Vector Capital has just appointed Robin Stevens, a new Non-Executive Director to the Board to augment the skillset of the board. In particular, he will assist the bridging lender access capital markets.

Robin is a former corporate finance partner in the London office of Crowe UK LLP and was also Head of Capital Markets. Having retired as a partner, he is now a Senior Advisor to Crowe and holds a leadership role with a large privately owned consumer electronic group operating in Ireland and the UK.

Robin has an extensive career in corporate finance, including corporate advisory and reporting assignments, raising venture capital, management buyouts, capital reconstructions, pre-flotation planning and valuations. He has also advised on acquisitions and disposals by public and private companies, as well as on over 120 IPOs and secondary offerings in the UK and overseas.

Agam Jain, Managing Director of Vector Capital commented:

“We are very much looking forward to welcoming Robin to our board, as he brings a wealth of industry experience across property, technology and financial services.

Robin will be a great asset to our senior management team, providing invaluable advice and support.  He will also take on a significant role in our plans to access the capital markets so as to expand our commercial and residential bridging business later this year.

Robin Stevens commented:

“I am delighted to be joining the board of Vector Capital and to be working with a very experienced and well-balanced team to help capitalise on the market opportunities which exist. It will be particularly interesting to be on the client side of a capital market transaction and to help Vector Capital navigate the rules and practices on an ongoing basis to achieve the benefits of public company status.”

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Vector Capital has completed the first tranche of a £1.57m bridging development loan for Sapphire House, Stafford Park, Telford which comprises 88,325 square feet of office space in five storeys spread over 3.4 acres with 336 car parking spaces.

The developer, Kalinga Holdings is a repeat client who is converting a large office block to flats on one section of the building, while the remaining section may be leased to a hotel operator.

Sapphire House is prominently located overlooking Junction 4 of the M54, providing direct access to the M6 motorway, which lies 15 miles to the east. Telford town centre and the train station are located 1.5 miles to the east. The building provides a full Grade A specification that includes comfort cooling, fully accessible raised floors, category II lighting, two passenger lifts and one goods lift, plus an extensive CCTV system.

The two-year bridging loan was completed in just 21 days from the initial loan application to draw-down of funds.  Vector Capital has taken a first charge over the freehold and directors’ guarantees.

Agam Jain, Managing Director of Vector Capital commented:

“We are delighted to be working with Kalinga Holdings, a long-term partner, on this real gem in the heart of the West Midlands.

Since 2014, we have provided the developer with bridging finance for a range of projects in Newquay, North London, Oxford, Fareham and East London.  We take a partnership approach with all our clients and have achieved a retention rate of 85%.  Our quick loan processing, transparency and agility enable us overcome any issues or problems in loan applications swiftly, compared with larger lenders.

We are looking forward to working with Kalinga Holdings to complete this development project and assisting them with future projects planned for later this year.”

Neal Patel, Director of Kalinga Holdings commented:

“We chose to work with Vector Capital on this new development as we have been deeply impressed with the support and partnership approach the lender has taken in working with us over the last six years.”

Sam Ashoka, Partner, Gunnercooke LLP commented:

“We have worked with Vector Capital over many years and together have completed hundreds of successful bridging, development and business finance loans covering commercial and residential property.

The team at Vector take a very pragmatic approach to resolve any difficulties we encounter  which enables us to work on their behalf, with a high level of efficiency and speed.”