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ULS pens three-year deal with Metro Bank

ULS has been signed a three-year deal to give Metro Bank customers conveyancing services. The conveyancing technology firm has designed a bespoke technology package for the lender as part of the deal. ULS chief executive Ben Thompson says: “We very much look forward to evolving our conveyancing related technology with Metro Bank and exploring how […]

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Yorkshire BS appoints chief people officer

Yorkshire Building Society Group has appointed Susana Berlevy as chief people officer, subject to regulatory approval. Berlevy joins from insurance broker Ed Broking, where she was HR director. She is due to join Yorkshire in the second quarter of 2018. Yorkshire Building Society chief executive Mike Regnier says: “I’m delighted to welcome Susana as our […]

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Scottish Widows appoints new distribution director

  Scottish Widows has appointed Jackie Leiper as distribution director. Leiper, who is currently protection director, will take up her new role in January 2018 subject to FCA approval. She will take over from Ronnie Taylor, who is leaving the firm. Leiper’s new role will see her responsible for building business relationships with financial advisers, […]

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The Right PMI adds CS Healthcare to panel

The Right PMI & Healthcare, the specialist PMI division of The Right Mortgage & Protection Network, has added CS Healthcare to its panel. The deal means network members can choose from 20 PMI providers. CS Healthcare sells cover for those who work or have worked in the civil service, public sector and not-for-profit organisations. CS […]

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Moving costs at all-time high

Moving house has never been more expensive, according to comparison website reallymoving.com. The firm says the average cost in 2017 was £7,381, the highest since 2010, even when adjusted for inflation. Nearly half (44 per cent) of the total cost of moving is made up of estate agent fees. Estate agent rates are at an […]

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Bank of England keeps base rate at 0.5%

The Bank of England Monetary Policy Committee has voted to keep base bank rate at 0.5 per cent.  The MPC vote was unanimous.  Last month, the MPC hiked the base rate from 0.25 per cent to 0.5 per cent.  Santander UK chief economist Frances Haque says the move was “expected”.  He adds: “Financial markets and […]

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Comment: No room for complacency in London’s prime property market

London’s prime property market is unique, with attractions for overseas buyers that are hard to match anywhere else in the world. Buyers’ properties are protected by an impartial legal system, they have the medium of the English language, very good schools, a safe environment, and London’s status as a financial hub. A weaker pound is […]