Dave Rowlinson

Paragon Bank's development division strengthens presence in North West

Paragon Bank’s development finance division has appointed a new relationship director.

Dave Rowlinson (pictured above) — who will be based in Manchester — was previously a property director at OakNorth Bank and a senior manager at Investec, where he worked for over 11 years.

He has in-depth knowledge of the North West real estate and commercial property market, developed over a 30-year-plus career in banking and financial services.

His appointment is part of Paragon’s development finance team’s strategic plan to grow its presence in regional markets. 

“Paragon has ambitious plans to grow in the North West, helping to support small-to-medium-sized developers provide much needed new homes across the region,” said Dave.

“What attracted me to Paragon is the experience and pedigree of the development finance team, its commitment to the sector and its financial strength — being part of a well-established, well-funded, successful FTSE-250 financial services company. 

“It’s a serious player in this sector, which is demonstrated by its continued support of developers throughout the coronavirus pandemic.”

Robert Orr, managing director of development finance at Paragon Bank, added: “The North West is a market we know has great opportunity. 

“It benefits from a strong economy, with traditional industries being complemented by high-tech sectors, world-class universities and diverse geography — its football teams aren’t bad either! 

“People want to live in this region and Paragon is keen to support developers [to] provide the housing to meet this demand.”

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