‘I see this as a great opportunity to develop my skillset and knowledge of the bridging industry’

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Charlie Gregory Hope Capital

In our latest Five Minute Interview, Tony Sanchez speaks to Charlie Gregory, Business Development Manager at Hope Capital.

Charlie is part of the Hope Capital Sales Team, a specialist short-term lender of loans of up to £5m for a term of up to 18 months.

Having worked within the financial services industry for some time, Charlie has a full understanding of the nature of bridging finance and in turn, is able to ensure both broker and borrower receive the necessary support.

At Hope Capital, Charlie works as an external BDM, supporting clients in London and The South.

What is the best thing about being in the bridging finance business?

To work in an industry where you are not restricted to certain criteria and can be flexible with deals, is fantastic.

Luckily, it is not a tick box exercise, meaning we have lots of opportunities to deliver the deal the broker and borrower is looking for.

What keeps you focused?

I see this as a great opportunity to develop my skillset and knowledge of the bridging industry, so I can continue to see results, win deals and be successful, while developing my career.

All of these factors ensure I stay focused and motivated to continue to improve my own personal development.

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

My top three qualities would have to be honesty, transparency and reliability.

All of these traits are key in the bridging industry, where without them, it would not be possible to build relationships and get the job done.

Are you an optimist or a pessimist?

Is it cheating if I say a mixture of the two? Of course, I am optimistic, however, you have to be realistic at times, which is why I think a healthy balance between them, is the best approach to take.

What did you want to be as a child?

An actor…how things have changed!

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

Once again, we find ourselves in a position where the impact of the pandemic has created an enormous amount of uncertainty for the economy.

Just when we thought we were starting to get back to some form of ‘normal’, Omicron has proved that you never know what is waiting around the corner.

Similar to the position we found ourselves in for the best part of 2020 and 2021, there is no doubt this will create obstacles for the bridging industry to overcome.

However, new challenges are opportunities for us, which is why at Hope Capital, we will continue to adapt and ensure we are providing bespoke and fast solutions, so we can accommodate the changing needs of our customers.

Who or what makes you laugh?

Definitely has to be Michael McIntyre – I think his jokes and one-liners are absolutely brilliant!

Do you dread Monday mornings?

Well, that depends if I have had a heavy weekend or not!

Seriously though, working for a company like Hope Capital is really refreshing.

As a firm, we are in a really exciting period at the moment, which is why I look forward to being part of the journey, no matter what day of the week it is!

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

Hmm that’s a difficult one…if you asked my girlfriend, it would probably be most things!

With whom would you most like to have dinner?

People would probably be surprised with a 24-year-old saying this, but it would have to be Elvis Presley.

I’m a huge fan of his music and would love to hear first-hand, his perspective of his career and journey.