The Five Minute Interview with Scott Thorpe, BDM, Carolina Capital

By Bridging Loan Directory -


Scott ThorpeCarolina Capital is based in Altrincham and is a Specialist Broker and Lender in its own right providing intermediaries with a complete financial solution from Bridging Finance and Secured Loans to PE and VC Investments.

We speak to Business Development Manager, Scott Thorpe:



What is the best thing about being in the specialist finance sector?

Its very cliché however no day is the same; one day we’re looking at an investment in a multi million pound retail company, the next call we’re discussing a £10k secured loan with a broker. You still get the same buzz knowing you can help a broker/intermediary.

What keeps you focussed?

It used to be lots of cups of tea however it’s slowly turning into lots of cans of red bull as the days get longer.

Seriously though, it’s making sure Carolina Capital becomes the best specialist finance broker and lender in the industry. There’s a long, long way to go however the foundations have already been laid and hopefully you will see our name cropping up more and more with new products and hopefully a few nice surprises!!

What qualities do you look for in your employees or colleagues?

Self Motivation/Ambition/Out of the box thinking and more importantly the ability to have a good time and be able to drink copious amounts of alcohol as we all need to wind down some times.

Are you an optimist or a pessimist?


What did you want to be as a child?

Like most men a footballer or cricketer – however the lure of women and alcohol stopped that dream.

What will be the greatest challenge facing the bridging finance industry in the coming months?

Re-educating brokers who are using the product just to make quick money instead of looking after the client’s interests.

Who or what makes you laugh?

Watching the demise of Liverpool FC – for some reason they still think they’re a big club!!!

Do you dread Monday mornings?

I think I am the first person ever to say yes on this one, however its only due to the Monday morning traffic which is the worst thing ever!

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

Replace the beer belly with a 6 pack

With whom would you most like to have dinner?

Nigella Lawson; you know you would have decent food and something to look at as well.