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Monkey business

Mole is excited to hear that our very own columnist and Coreco comms guru, Andrew Montlake, and his rock-covers band, Rogue Monkey, are back by popular demand.

Monty is lead singer/screamer and is joined by David Tinsley, a top consultant at Coreco, on drums, plus a guitarist and a bass player who are not mortgage industry bods.

You can hear them at The Pipeline, 94 Middlesex Street, London E1 7EZ on 22 July from 7pm.

Bower power

Happy 10th birthday to equity release specialists Bower Retirement Services, which celebrated with an anniversary dinner and auction at the Houses of Parliament, raising £11,000 for local charities.

Pancreatic Cancer UK and Saint Francis Hospice, based in Romford, Essex, will share the proceeds.

Bower Retirement Services chief executive Geoff Charles says: “We are very grateful for the support from across the equity release industry and from business partners, which enabled us to raise so much money.”

Leading by example?

Mole is curious to see whether Tory leadership contender Andrea Leadsom plans to be as tough on landlords as David Cameron and George Osborne have been.

For those with short memories, Leadsom reportedly made use of offshore banking arrangements and trusts to limit her tax bill on a buy-to-let company she previously directed.

While the structures she is believed to have used are legal, they may make for embarrassing reading if Leadsom bows to mounting pressure to disclose her tax affairs.