We exist to make real property returns accessible to everyone

Illustration of Bricklane CEO Simon Heawood

Residential property is the UK’s most important asset class: it’s the roof over our heads, and the majority of our wealth as a nation.

However, it’s increasingly difficult for individuals to be a part of this market in ways that work for them. From first home savers struggling to get their foot on the property ladder, to investors facing increasing taxation and hassles of direct ownership, it has been clear for many years that the property market needs to be more flexible. We started Bricklane to make property investment open to everyone.

The Bricklane platform enables people to come together and invest in expertly chosen homes, earning property returns, without the hassles or huge sums required to invest in property directly. Investing in property using Bricklane.com is tax-efficient and intends to pass on the returns from each geographically-focussed property portfolio to investors, without the distortion of equity markets. Anyone can invest through the Bricklane.com platform directly, or through their financial adviser.

We select properties for both portfolios using Compass, our proprietary in-house data analytics platform. Our property acquisition strategy is guided by an Investment Advisory Group of industry experts. Alongside the platform for retail investors, we also use our residential property expertise and capabilities for institutional solutions, providing inflation-linked income from diversified real assets.

At the same time, we strongly believe in improving the rental market for renters. From three year contracts, to capped rent rises, and not charging tenant fees, we want Bricklane.com tenants to feel at home in their rental property.

We’re fortunate to be backed by some of the country’s best recognised brands, including ZPG plc which owns Zoopla, and JamJar Investments, which is run by the founders of Innocent. We’ve also assembled a panel of leading suppliers including Grant Thornton and Allsop, who audit and value our funds respectively.

We have ambitious plans for the future, and will continue to use technological and financial innovation to make property returns accessible to everyone.

Simon Heawood
CEO

People

Our people have diverse backgrounds in finance, technology, design and consultancy with organisations such as Northern Trust, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, and Goldman Sachs.

Our investment strategy is informed by property experts from the highest levels of the industry, with over 100 years of experience. Read more about them.

Simon Heawood

Co-founder, CEO

Tom Cavill

Co-founder, Design

Craig Hallam

Non-Exec Director (REITs)

Michael Young

Finance

Chris Strickland

Non-Exec Director

Julia Clarke

Operations

Richard Hodgson

Technology

Will Rowson

Investment Advisor

Paul Windsor

Non-Exec Director (REITs)

Mike Coombes

Business Development

Charlotte Broadbent

Growth

Jesse Lumarie

Technology

Adam Knox

Operations

Violet Nyachowe

Operations

Kim Pridgeon

Finance

Adam Flanagan

Technology

Eleni Karaolou

Operations

Vasily Shelkov

Technology

Investors

Zoopla Property Group owns and operates the UK's leading property brands including Zoopla and Primelocation, and has over 14m monthly users. Founded in 2007, it was acquired in 2018 by Silver Lake for $3bn

Local Globe

Local Globe website

Local Globe are a leading European venture capital investor, who have been actively involved founding and investing in over 100 tech companies in London and further afield, including TransferWise, Zoopla, LoveFilm, and Robinhood

JamJar Investments

JamJar Investments website

JamJar Investments is a venture capital investment fund based in London. Jamjar was set up by the founders of Innocent Drinks: Richard Reed, Jon Wright, and Adam Balon in 2013. Previous investments include Graze, Deliveroo, and BlueBottle Coffee

Partners

Zoopla and Bricklane work together to make property investing accessible to Zoopla customers. Zoopla is the UK’s most comprehensive property website, and the leading online destination for property consumers

Bulb energy and Bricklane have partnered to provide tenants with green energy. Bulb is the UK’s greenest, and one of the cheapest, energy providers. With Bulb, tenants can rest assured they’re doing their bit for the environment, at a great price

Monzo and Bricklane.com have partnered previously to make it easier for Monzo customers to manage their money, by enabling them to invest in Bricklane via the Monzo app. Monzo is a digital, mobile-only bank, based in the UK

Revolut

Revolut website

Revolut and Bricklane.com have worked together to provide Revolut users with a tax-efficient way to invest in property. Revolut is a digital banking alternative offering a range of financial products and services

Hartley Pensions

Hartley Pensions website

Through our partnership with Hartley Pensions, you can open a self invested personal pension (SIPP) with Bricklane, or even transfer over an existing SIPP

Suppliers

Gallium Fund Solutions

Gallium Fund Solutions website

Gallium Fund Solutions is Bricklane’s FCA-authorised regulatory partner. Gallium monitors Bricklane operations and oversees the investment funds. The Gallium team has launched over 150 funds with gross assets of over £14.5bn

Winterflood Securities

Winterflood Securities website

Winterflood acts as Custodian for Bricklane’s customers, holding shares in the funds on their behalf. Winterflood is part of Close Brothers, a leading UK merchant banking group formed in 1878

Grant Thornton

Grant Thornton website

Grant Thornton audits Bricklane’s REITs, and is one of the UK’s leading accounting and financial services firms.

Allsop LLP independently value all of Bricklane’s properties on a monthly basis. Allsop is a leading residential property consultancy, conducting valuations of over £13bn of property in 2017

Gowling WLG

Gowling WLG website

Gowling WLG provide legal services to Bricklane and its REITs. With 18 offices and over 1,400 legal professionals, Gowling WLG are a leading international law firm.

Our commitment

Helping tenants feel at home

Renters should feel at home. Happy tenants stay longer, which works well for everyone. Bricklane tenancies are for three years as standard, but allow tenants to leave sooner if they want to. We have also capped rent rises inside this period to inflation.

Our tenants don’t pay admin fees, and didn’t before a government ban was proposed. In conjunction with our partner Touchstone, we make sure that our tenants are well looked after, and never wait more than 24 hours for a response.

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Capital at risk

The value of your investment can go down as well as up. If you want to sell shares, there is no guarantee that you will be able to find a buyer for your shares within a reasonable timeframe at a price that is acceptable to you. The REITs invest in residential property, which are not highly liquid assets. Rental yields and dividends may be lower than estimated.

Tax rules and allowances depend on individual circumstances and may change in the future. If you are unsure about whether investment is right for you, you should seek independent advice before investing, including tax advice.