New Commercial Director

Black & White Bridging, the new rebrand of respected regional lender, Bath & West Finance, has been launched to create a new nationwide lender dedicated to intermediaries and their customers across the country, led by new Commercial Director, Damien Druce.

Damien will be responsible for driving Black & White’s ambitious growth plans, working alongside founder Martyn Smith. Martyn is one of the modern bridging market’s influential pioneers, highlighted when his first business,, became the first bridging lender to be AIM listed.

Damien brings many years of experience in the specialist lending sector to his new role. He was Director of Intermediaries for P2P lender Assetz Capital, having had senior sales roles at LendInvest and Castle Trust. Over the past two years, he has shared his consultancy skills to the benefit of a number of lender clients.

He said, “I am delighted to be joining Black & White Bridging, the new identity of Bath & West Finance. Martyn and I intend to take the best of an already respected short term lending brand and build on those foundations to create a national presence and bring our particular style of bridging to a wider audience.

While there are many new lenders in the sector, not one of them brings the level of proven service standards and intimate knowledge and experience of the sector that Black & White does.”


Black & White Bridging is the new branding for Bath & West Finance, which was established in 2013 to provide short term, non-regulated lending via advisers in the South West. Building on a strong track record and led by directors Martyn Smith and Damien Druce, Black & White Bridging will expand its coverage throughout the UK during 2021.


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