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Designed for Funding: Local architects Sadler Brown receive Microloan funding to aid their expansion

Emma Neal

01 Dec 2015

Newcastle-based architects, Sadler Brown have received funding through the Finance for Business North East Microloan Fund, run by Rivers Capital Partners.  The award-winning architects aim to restructure, expand and build their reputation within the industry, and the Microloan Fund is helping them to achieve their dreams.

Sadler Brown pride themselves on the quality of design whilst injecting creativity and passion into everything they do. Kevin Brown, the groups Creative Director employs a team of 18 skilled professionals from their Newcastle HQ, with a significant recruitment drive already in place for early 2016. Kevin himself has over 28 years of award winning architectural experience, and was once one of Terry Farrell’s protégés where he worked on some of the most famous buildings in London.

The Sadler Brown team currently consists of a great mix of talented individuals, who have designed a number of the regions well-known landmarks. These include Haymarket Hub on Northumberland St, the conversion of the iconic Turnbull Building into luxury apartments, i6 Business Centre on Charlotte Square, and ‘The Place’ in Sunderland to name just a few. The practice is also proud to have delivered one of the regions only ‘Grand Designs’ homes to feature on the show and they are delighted to announce that filming has already started on another one of their new home designs which will be aired on Channel 4 in the summer of 2016.

The group are also leading the way in international transportation design with the use of the latest 3D design systems available in construction, such as Building Information Models (BIM), with their current designs including 2 multi-million pound train stations in Saudi Arabia which are being delivered to BIM level 2.

Having already secured numerous recent commissions nationally and internationally, Sadler Brown have opened offices in London and Birmingham to initiate the expansion, with plans for a base in the UAE already in place. The Microloan Fund is therefore supporting them through this further business development and helping them to reach the next tier of business.

Commenting on the Microloan process the groups Managing Director, Tony Harmieson remarked, “In the early stages of our negotiations with Sadler Brown Architecture, as the potential incoming shareholders we needed the confidence that our financial support would be clear, straight forward and professional. River Capital Partners were just that.”

Tony continued, “With our targeted 100% growth for the financial year already achieved, and future expansion and competitor acquisitions already taking place, we would not hesitate in contacting Rivers Capital once again in the future to support the next stages of our company’s growth.”

Kristine Murane from Rivers Capital Partners said, “Sadler Brown has outstanding potential, they have a wealth of knowledge in this industry and they will use this to develop the business. It is rewarding to be able to help a company that has contributed so much to the region and I look forward to watch this company thrive.”

The North East Microloan Fund offers companies that usually struggle to receive financial backing the chance to secure a loan anywhere between £1,000 - £25,000. A streamlined, simple process with successful applicants receiving their loan, on average, within just two weeks.


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