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The NACFB hosted its 25th Gala Dinner this year in style, with a 1920’s speakeasy theme. The champagne reception kicked the evening off and the dinner was well attended with a record number joining us.

The host for the evening was Gyles Brandreth and he was nothing short of marvelous. His knowledge and humor held the room throughout the night.

Paul Goodman, NACFB Chairman added “This years event was a celebration of all that the NACFB has achieved in its 25 year history and for me to be able to share this night with so many friends and colleagues will long stay in my memory. Congratulations to all the winners on the evening and a huge thank you to all involved in making the last 25 years such a success for the NACFB and the finance industry as a whole.”

This year saw a change in running style with the awards being sponsored individually. Goodman Corporate were proud to be able to sponsor the “Specialist Lender of the Year” which Together Mortgages were the winners of.

Other winners were as follows:

Buy to Let Lender of the Year
Winner – Shawbrook Bank

Leasing & Asset Provider of the Year
Winner – Hitachi Capital

Best Development Lender of the Year
Winner – Aldermore

Business Bank of the Year
Winner – NatWest Bank

Commercial Mortgage Lender of the Year
Winner – Lloyds Bank

Factor & Invoice Discounter of the Year
Winner – Bibby Financial Services

Most Innovative Lender of the Year
Winner – Atom Bank

Short Term Lender of the Year
Winner – Shawbrook Bank

Small Funder of the Year
Winner – Roma Finance

Newcomer/ New Entrant of the Year
Winner – Atom Bank

Hamilton House Award
Winner – LendInvest

The attendees on the evening raised £20,000 for the chosen Charity Young Minds UK.

On a personal note, I was really proud of Paul. Getting back on stage after not being able to complete his speech last time due to severe and sudden ill health was nerve-wracking for us both!