View more on these topics

Mole: Atomic number


Intrepid Mole, digging up the stories behind the news

Atomic number


The world has gone Carpool Karaoke crazy. Comedian James Corden has coaxed top celebs – from Adele to Michelle Obama – into his passenger seat to sing along and chair-dance to their favourite hits. Yet when Corden started the craze, little did he know it would capture the imagination of the mortgage industry’s very own Dale Jannels and the staff at All Types of Mortgages. In celebration of the firm’s 25th anniversary, the AToM team filmed a rendition of the Madness classic Our House, which is available for your viewing pleasure on the company’s Facebook page ( Mole would love to see other mortgage firms following AToM by getting in on the fun.

Michelle the apprentice

Every year when The Apprentice returns to our screens, Mole watches with interest to see whether any familiar faces from the industry feature in the line-up of candidates.This year, mortgage broker Michelle Niziol has been confirmed as one of the contestants. She is the managing director of Bicester-based Independent Mortgage Solutions.“Fifty per cent of a big pie is better than 100 per cent of a small pie, and that is exactly what I’m doing it for,” she tells viewers sagely. Keep watching for more pearls of wisdom and to see how far Michelle gets in the competition.

Running mates

Mole would like to congratulate staff at One 77 Mortgages for raising £3,190 in aid of Bristol Royal Children’s Hospital.  Five runners from the firm completed the Bristol Half Marathon to support Wallace & Gromit’s Grand Appeal, helping to deliver life-saving equipment to the hospital. Protection sales director Katie Pisanu, who led the team, says: “I would like to thank everyone for their support and kind donations to this excellent cause.”
To make a donation please visit:

Luvva duck

Mole had the pleasure of catching up with Ipswich Building Society boss Paul Winter last week, who divulged that he and his wife had recently made an unusual purchase. The couple have acquired three Indian Running Ducks, which Mole learns are so-named because they run rather than waddle. Unfortunately, the Winters forgot one important thing: ducks require a pond. The problem was soon rectified, however, when the couple bought a children’s paddling pool for use while a proper pond was being built. Mole wonders if, given their unusual gait, the three feathered friends may prefer an athletics track.



The Cambridge launches three new products for ‘mortgage misfits’

The Cambridge has launched three new products for intermediaries, targeted at the recently self-employed and those with a less than perfect credit history. The self-employed two year fixed deal is available at 3.99 per cent or a discounted rate of 3.24 per cent, with combined application and completion fees of £999. The ‘home solutions’ product […]


Brightstar launches HNW arm Sirius Private Clients

Brightstar Financial has launched high net worth arm Sirius Private Clients. Sirius will focus on financing for residential and commercial real estate transactions. The Sirius team will be based at Brightstar’s City of London offices and work with clients looking for deals of £1m or more on buy-to-let, residential and commercial mortgages, development and bridging […]


PRA to impose tougher buy-to-let lending rules

The Prudential Regulation Authority has confirmed it will bring in tougher underwriting standards for buy-to-let lenders following an earlier consultation. The PRA consulted on changing buy-to-let underwriting standards in March for all lenders not already subject to FCA regulation. Today the regulator has published its response to the CP11/16 consultation, as well as its final […]


News and expert analysis straight to your inbox

Sign up