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Sun June 13 2021

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Housing Accelerator Fund opens for business

16 Feb A £250m fund to provide construction loans to SME house-builders opens for applications today.

Homes England, the government’s housing delivery agency and United Trust Bank (UTB) have together set up the £250m Housing Accelerator Fund to support small and medium-sized builders with development finance at up to 70% loan to gross development value.

It will provide offer construction loans of between £1m and £10m in a bid to improve access to finance offered to smaller builders.

Homes England chief investment officer Gordon More said: “The Housing Accelerator Fund is open for business from today. In line with Homes England’s commitment to supporting SMEs, it will help smaller builders get on and build now, as well as improve the lending landscape for SMEs by driving competition in the market, improving choice and encouraging innovation. United Trust Bank has consistently supported housebuilders of all sizes and is an experienced and capable lender, we’re pleased to be collaborating with them on this long-term partnership and look forward to seeing the fund support the delivery of new homes across the country.”

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United Trust Bank executive director Noel Meredith said: “SME housebuilders have a vital role to play in delivering the UK’s new housing needs and UTB has amassed considerable experience helping such businesses to complete thousands of successful developments. This is an exciting new partnership with Homes England which will make a real difference to both long established and newly formed development companies requiring competitive funding and the long-term support of a knowledgeable and experienced specialist lender. This alliance will help to reinvigorate and increase diversity in the SME housebuilding sector, and boost housing supply in areas under the greatest affordability pressures.”

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