Somerset company plans to revitalise property and funding brokerage

Strategic Trading is planning to revitalise a property and funding brokerage it has acquired

Somerset company Strategic Trading acquired parts of the Hardacre companies from receivers and shareholders and has relaunched the business, taking it back to its core services of property finding, funding and planning.

This is a service that is proving particularly popular with sourcing sites for self-build and custom-build projects, which fits neatly with the planning service it offers.

Managing director Mark Roberts explains: “We have had a number of enquiries from homeowners seeing if they can gain planning for a house in their garden and we are able to show that we have potential buyers registered with us.

“The benefit to the self-builder is they can be engaged in the planning stage, rather than buying a site and then amending the planning to meet their design ideas.

Currently, the company is working on projects in South Gloucestershire, Somerset and Wiltshire and has seen a sharp increase in demand in the Bristol and Bath areas.

As well as self-build and custom-build, the company is retained by a number of local and national developers to source development sites.

Bridging finance

On the funding side, the company is arranging commercial development and bridging finance through a network of specialist lenders, and it also acts for a number of specialist lenders who are looking to work with private experienced investors.

“Many experienced investors are looking for alternative opportunities and we can act as a platform for them to source opportunities that match their requirements. This may be a deal direct with an experienced developer or by working through a specialist lender,” says Roberts.

For details of the services offered by Strategic, please email

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