Success stories

Rose & Crown Pub, Dorset

Published by Will Michelmore, 2019
It’s a dream for many people to own their local pub, but it’s not a simple process to buy a freehold. However, thanks to the assistance of Bricks Finance, one lovely spot in an idyllic Dorset village is popular and thriving. The number of village pub closures has been a sad statistic of modern times, but when the Rose and Crown in Longburton, Dorset, was threatened with the axe, the combination of Bricks and a passionate pair of publicans saved the day.

Becky Gibbons and her husband John were residents of the village just outside Sherborne, and she had experience in the pub trade already. So when their characterful local pub looked like it might close, they wanted to act and take on the freehold. The trouble was financing. Without three years’ worth of accounts, they could not raise money in the traditional way, meaning their dream might have been dashed.

That was when they were put in touch with Bricks and a solution was found. And Becky is enthusiastic about what a difference that intervention meant. Becky explains: “We couldn’t have done this without Bricks, to be honest … their role has been vital in getting us to where we are now. We just wanted to save our village pub as it’s such a great place and vital to the community, and yet we couldn’t show we had accounts for the past three years. The banks just didn’t want to know when it came to lending us the money to buy the freehold. It has been a really easy process borrowing the money with Bricks and it took away any problems we might have had buying the pub. It’s our dream come true.”

“It’s been really pleasing to see it all come together,” enthuses Becky. “Bricks have been amazing and we are so grateful for all they have done to work with us on this. Without them, I doubt we would have saved the pub for the village.”

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What our customers say

Personally, I found the service from Bricks 11/10 in every aspect, and I would highly recommend."

Oli, Property Developer

Devon

Property Development Loan

Thank you so much for everything you have done to help us secure this purchase. We are finally looking forward to a good night's sleep now!"

Stuart and Emma, Dream Home Purchase

Devon

Bridging Finance

This would not have been possible without your support and faith in us to deliver the project. Bricks Finance took the time to understand it. It has made an amazing difference to our lives."

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Somerset

Bridging Finance

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Bristol

Equity Release Mortgage

Being able to purchase the site would not have been possible without the backing of Bricks."

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Monmouthshire

Bridging Finance

Bricks have given me the support I needed to do this. I couldn’t be happier to see it going up before my very eyes."

Russ, Beach House Development

Cornwall

Property Development Loan

Bricks have been amazing. Without them, I doubt we would have saved the pub for the village."

Becky and John, The Rose and Crown

Dorset

Refinance

When the guys from Bricks say they are going to back you they do, and it has been a real pleasure partnering with them on this project."

Matt, Property Development

Devon

Property Development Loan

I was really pleased with how quickly I had access to finance. I would recommend them to anyone looking to raise finance."

Jon, Property Development

Somerset

Property Development Loan

I’d really recommend Bricks Finance for anyone who needs to raise finance. They just allow you to get on and make things a success."

Dave and David, Property Development

Devon

Property Development Loan

I will be forever indebted to you all (thankfully no longer financially!) for taking a punt on somebody looking for a leg up in a new industry."

Alex, Forest Holiday Village Development

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We found like-minded people who were prepared to take the time to understand our business and support our student accommodation in Exeter."

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Devon

Landlord Mortgage

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Devon

Property Development Loan

Having used Bricks myself, I now feel comfortable referring clients who have similar needs. The beauty of Bricks is their speed, flexibility and being FCA regulated so they can provide regulated and unregulated loans."

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Somerset

Property Development Loan

Bricks are so easy to deal with; they get involved and take an interest in the project all the way to completion."

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