PTFS launches business development programme for ARs

Personal Touch Financial Services has launched a business development programme for its appointed representatives to provide training and support in running their businesses. ARs will be invited to attend specialist workshops focused on building strategic long-term business plans. The training is designed to incorporate mitigation and regulation risks into planning, while also embracing sound business […]


LSL relaunches DA mortgage club TMA

LSL Property Services is relaunching and rebranding The Mortgage Alliance to make it the group’s main brand dedicated to directly authorised brokers. Set up in 1999, the club was bought from Santander UK in 2011 by LSL’s mortgage network First Complete for £250,000. LSL already had a mortgage club under its other mortgage network Pink, […]


Peter Izard to exit Saffron Building Society

Saffron Building Society has confirmed that its head of mortgages Peter Izard is leaving the mutual after a year and a half in the job. Izard joined Saffron in November 2012, with responsibility for its branch and intermediary distribution channels. Prior to that he had been part of the team attempting to get the now […]


Proc fees are a control issue

I have read the various views on the appointed representative vs directly authorised procuration fee debate with great interest, not least because some might say both my company and our AR firms are benefiting at the expense of the DA community. You’ll be unsurprised to learn I see it somewhat differently. It is not my […]


MMR compliance underpins success

With all the media hoopla around Help to Buy 2, the regulator might have been concerned that the focus was slipping away from MMR compliance. I say this because, no sooner had the final Help to Buy rules been published than the FCA took the opportunity to provide the industry with an update on its […]