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City Life Developments

Opening the doors to success

Barclays funding and support gave property developer and investor City Life Developments the confidence to adopt a high-growth approach.

City Life Developments is a Liverpool-based property development company specialising in buy-to-lets. In 2010, John Morely, an established property developer, wanted to diversify his portfolio by turning large sites into residential apartments and commercial outlets. His breakthrough came when he saw an opportunity to convert a disused office building in Liverpool’s city centre. Supported by funding from Barclays, he converted it into 10 apartments and 3 commercial units – it became the springboard that propelled the business towards success.

John rejected the traditional slow-growth approach and together with Barclays Real Estate Relationship Director, Chris Sherlock, he created a fast-paced strategy and stuck to it. Chris has been part of City Life Development’s journey from early on, having looked around the first large building project. Since then, he’s advised and guided John while sharing his expert property and finance knowledge. Importantly, Chris supported what John wanted to do – which was to carry on expanding.

Today, City Life Developments has a diverse portfolio and it continues to grow with new developments underway.

Watch the video to see City Life Development’s story.

Barclays Bank UK PLC adheres to the Standards of Lending Practice which is monitored and enforced by the Lending Standards Board. All Lending products are subject to status and application and must be used for business purposes. Security may be required. Early settlement fees may apply. Any property used as security, which may include your home, may be repossessed if you do not keep up repayments on your mortgage.

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