Celebration as industry votes for Shawbrook Bank

10 April 2013

The financial services industry has cast its vote – and chosen Shawbrook Bank for three prestigious awards at the Financial Reporter Industry Awards 2013, recognising the bank’s achievements in the secured and commercial lending markets.

Shawbrook has been voted Best Secured Loan Lender and runner up in the Best Commercial/BTL Lender category. David Johnson, Shawbrook’s Managing Director of Secured Lending also received the Lifetime Achievement Award for his outstanding contribution to the secured and commercial lending industries.

David has been a major player in the UK secured lending industry for over 40 years, and is credited with being the man that created, developed and brought scale to the specialist mortgage lending industry in the UK.

David started his career in the secured loan industry, where he formed a number of successful companies specialising in second mortgage lending. David was the co-founder of Link Group, and between 1999 and 2002 was Managing Director and major shareholder of iGroup Ltd which was sold to GE in 2001, in a transaction that had an equity value of £216 million.

David then went on to form Commercial First Mortgages, where he was CEO as well as being joint Managing Director of Link Loans, both of which became part of Shawbrook Bank in 2011.

David Johnson, Managing Director of Secured Lending at Shawbrook Bank said,
“It’s an honour to be recognised for a Lifetime Achievement Award which is chosen by the people that live and breathe the industry. Brokers have been vital to our success here at Shawbrook Bank, and the determination and commitment they have shown us since our launch in 2011 has been phenomenal. We’re very proud to have won these awards, so thank you to everyone that voted for us.”

The Financial Reporter Industry Awards 2013 are now in their fourth year and attracted votes from more than 3,500 members of the industry. It is the only financial services awards programme that is based purely on the majority vote, rather than a panel of judges.