Amicus Property Finance Continue to Scale the Heights

Almost £17K raised for the Halcyon Foundation

Four intrepid adventurers from Amicus Property Finance, the award winning short-term lender, have completed the ascent of the highest peak in the Atlas Mountains.


Emma Ryan, Joe Gibson, Rafiq Ahmed and Tasha Chellen scaled the 4,167 metre Jebel Toubkal to highlight what a strong team spirit exists within the company and to raise money for the Halcyon Foundation.

Speaking about the experience Emma Ryan, Head of Redemptions, said:

Wow, I thought I was fit and my six months training schedule had gone well but I was not really prepared for what we encountered, however, it was for a brilliant cause and to have raised nearly £17K is something all of us at Amicus Property Finance and our friends at Omni Partners are very proud of.

Joe Gibson, Underwriter, takes up the story;

On the last day we woke at 4am, scaled boulders in the darkness, traversed the ice sheets and reached the summit of Toubkal with the sun beating overhead. We then descended 2500m and clocked up 13 hours of trekking in a single day. Knowing that the money we raised was going to the Halcyon Foundation, so they can provide help and support to all those individuals and families affected by autism, made it all worth it.

Rafiq Ahmed, Finance Manager, also realised his preparation could have been better:

Within an hour of the ascent on the first of the four days I realised the overwhelming heat and lack of oxygen was going to be one of the major challenges, in the end the team worked well and spirits were high as we pulled together to reach the summit.

Tash Chellen, Office Manager, summed up the feeling of the adventurers:

Once we reached civilisation I was telling myself, never again…but now all of us are saying bring on the next Amicus Property Finance team challenge and let’s better £17K.

Keith Aldridge, Managing Director of Amicus Property Finance (APF) was delighted by the team’s achievement.

We pride ourselves on overcoming challenges at APF, initially I thought this was a big ask from a physical perspective but an even bigger ask to reach the target we set ourselves of £10K for the Halcyon Foundation.

To reach the peak and achieve almost £17K is an outstanding achievement. We are very grateful to all of our business partners who contributed to the success of the venture especially the following who contributed over £250.00 to have their logo displayed on the mountain top:

  • Aztec Property Valuers
  • Brecher Solicitors
  • Brightstar Financial
  • Finance 4 Business
  • Howard Kennedy
  • Moore Blatch Solicitors
  • MTD Property Lawyers
  • Musson Liggins
  • TFC Homeloans
  • ULS

The short-term lending market is a demanding sector and as the Managing Director of a business that is determined to meet those demands, it is very encouraging to know that I have a team of this quality driving our growth programme.


Editor’s note:

Amicus Finance Limited was formed in 2009 by Keith Aldridge, the firm’s MD, with support from successful alternative asset investment manager, Omni Partners LLP. Amicus is a specialist lender offering short-term loans secured against UK property; SME lending and working capital solutions.

In February 2015, Amicus announced the acquisition of City-based SME lending brokerage, Norton Folgate Capital Group Limited including Norton Folgate Capital Consulting LLP to extend the firm’s specialist lending capabilities to SME asset finance and leasing, HNW financing and SME business loans.

Since 2009, the firm has lent more than £750 million to the small business sector. Amicus’s current property loan portfolio is made up of 90% residential properties and 10% commercial properties. Loans on average are repaid in 8.5 months and the firm typically lends between £50,000 and £7 million

In November 2015 Amicus launched a new commercial finance business, Amicus Commercial Finance. The business led by John Wilde and David Hogg, who built SME Invoice Finance Limited from start-up in 2000 and sold the business to Metro Bank PLC in July 2013. Amicus Commercial Finance provided a revolving working capital facility based on a proprietary invoice discounting platform, which will utilise the latest available technology and data extraction methodology.

Amicus is a trading name of Amicus Finance PLC and Amicus Capital Limited both being limited liability companies registered in England & Wales under registered numbers 06994954 and 07713376 respectively. The registered offices are at 7 Air Street, London W1B 5AD. Amicus Capital Limited is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (613085) Amicus is headquartered in London and operates nationally.