The Santon Group is one of the largest private developers in the UK having undertaken over £1 billion of developments, including in excess of 3m sq. ft. of retail development and 2m sq. ft. of warehouse distributions in the last five years. At the last audited balance sheet to 30 April, 2016 the Santon Group had £354m of development stock on its books and its audited turnover for the seven years to 30 April, 2016 totalled £1.38 billion. The Group has strong relationships with its banks, funders and joint venture partners.
The Santon Group was formed over 20 years ago. It was originally known as The Raven Group until the sale of the majority of the Group’s residential assets to Raven Mount plc in December 2004 when it was renamed The Santon Group. The Santon Group’s expertise lies in the origination, planning, development and management of both residential and commercial properties. It has followed an opportunistic and value-enhancement approach and has an experienced team with diverse skill sets enabling it to exploit opportunities that it comes across dependant on prevailing market conditions. Joint venturing has frequently been used, sometimes to offset risk and leverage reward but also to enhance opportunity and to benefit from the partner’s expertise. This has enabled the group to survive and prosper in the toughest property recession in living memory. More recently, and given difficulties in the funding markets, The Santon Group has also expanded its activities into the provision of mezzanine finance in property and other sectors.
The Santon Group of companies are the main vehicle for the property activities of Bim Sandhu, former Chief Executive and co-founder in 2003 of Raven Mount plc, which was taken over in 2009 by Raven Russia Limited, a company which he also co-founded and listed on AIM in July 2005.