Specialist lender Cynergy Bank is launching a £500m fund to help property entrepreneurs continue to invest and make the most of opportunities during Britain’s departure from the European Union. Launching today, The Property Entrepreneurs Fund, targets property developers and investors who have an eye on the medium to long term.
Over the past two years there has been a slowdown in UK house price growth, at least some of which is likely to be attributable to anxiety caused by Brexit. At the same time, entrepreneurs have found it harder to access finance. More than a third of small businesses expect Brexit to make it more difficult to access finance.
“The deal that Britain eventually strikes with the EU is unlikely to end the uncertainty in the property market,” said Nick Fahy, chief executive of Cynergy Bank. “Our customers tell us they expect to see continued downward pressure on property prices for some time, but they also tell us they’re impatient to start investing again. We’ve launched this fund now, because we’ve seen an upturn in drawdowns from property investing clients – showing that they are no longer waiting for Brexit clarity to invest.”
One in four UK households – almost 5.8 million – are expected to be private rentals by 2021 as home ownership and social renting continue to fall. “The private rental sector has doubled in the last twenty years,” said Nick Fahy, “and all the economic and demographic data tells us it’s going to continue to grow.”
“We already support thousands of property developers and landlords and this new fund is targeted at property entrepreneurs looking to expand and diversify their portfolios.”
This includes the student accommodation sector which is structurally undersupplied in many parts of the UK. The situation is likely to deteriorate further with universities becoming increasingly reliant on overseas students at a time when the UK is becoming more affordable given the weakness of sterling.
“This creates new opportunities for private landlords,” said Nick Fahy, “especially in smaller university locations which are less attractive to purpose-built providers.”
The Property Entrepreneurs Fund is aimed at developers and landlords nationally.