Thistle Finance launches with MAB seal of approval


Thistle Finance

Today saw the official launch of a new ‘grass-roots’ packager, Thistle Finance, which plans to restore the sector’s old fashioned values. Thistle will support brokers around the UK, particularly in the underserved markets of Scotland and Northern Ireland.

In its first major coup, Edinburgh-based Thistle Finance has started working with Mortgage Advice Bureau, as an additional option alongside Brightstar, for specialist lending in Scotland and Northern Ireland. The new packager will initially be funded and supported by the successful term broker, Edinburgh Mortgage Advice.

Thistle’s two co-founders are Mark Dyason, Managing Director of Edinburgh Mortgage Advice, and Nathan Ellis-Calcott, who has worked within specialist lending for over 15 years at companies including Brightstar, Link Lending and The Loans Engine. Ellis-Calcott will be Director of Sales and Dyason, Managing Director.

Thistle is a whole-of-market broker and will initially focus on the following six areas:

•Bridging finance
•Commercial mortgages
•Development finance
•Second charge loans
•Complex residential and buy-to-let mortgages
•Equity funding and joint ventures

It will launch with a number of exclusive products from a selection of specialist lenders, and offer a second charge proposition with a significantly lower fee structure than elsewhere on the market, bringing added value to brokers and their clients.

Mark Dyason, Managing Director, Thistle Finance, commented:

“For some time now, the Scotland and Northern Ireland markets have been underserved, both locally and by packagers in the south. It’s this huge gap in the market that we have set out to fill. We are clearly thrilled that a company of the calibre of the Mortgage Advice Bureau has already opted to use Thistle for specialist lending in these regions, and we relish the chance to serve its brokers as efficiently and professionally as we can. There’s a feeling among brokers that packaging has become glossy and a bit complacent, so our goal is to bring back some old-fashioned values and return it to its roots.”

Peter Brodnicki, Chief Executive, Mortgage Advice Bureau, added:

“Thistle may be new to market but the team has already demonstrated their commitment to the specialist lending sector. We have every confidence that they will add value for our brokers serving Scotland and Northern Ireland. We’re looking forward to the months, and hopefully years, ahead.”