The year is flying by and it’s hard to believe we’re already, technically, into ‘the spring’.
The biggest news in the past week was the delivery of the long-awaited housing white paper, which many felt failed to deliver the promised solution to the “broken housing market”.
On a more local level, last Thursday saw the final round of judging for the Mortgage Strategy Awards 2017 after a long and rigorous process to establish the shortlist.
It was the first year that the magazine held an ‘interviews’ round and I’m confident that everyone involved will agree that the change was a positive addition and an undoubted success.
The calibre of the presentations made by the finalists was truly astounding and a common feeling among the judges was that the entrants’ passion and enthusiasm served to reinforce their faith in both the industry and the quality of people in it.
Rest assured that decisions were not made lightly; the judges considered each candidate at length, taking time to reach agreement on the winners.
There was also a consensus among those involved that, should anyone question the authenticity of the awards process in future, they would be quickly corrected!
It won’t be long before the big night at Grosvenor House rolls around on 29 March. The tables are almost fully booked, with the event promising to be one of Mortgage Strategy’s biggest and best yet.
I’d like to extend a massive thank you to everyone who entered, but a particular debt of gratitude goes to the judges, who took time out of their busy schedules to carefully determine the right winner for each of the awards’ categories. It’s very much appreciated.
On that note, I’d also like to take the opportunity to thank all our readers and contributors who continue to surprise me with their level of support for Mortgage Strategy – in print, online and at events.
As you all know, the mortgage world is quite a tight community and, while as a media outlet our role is to comment rather than transact business, we are constantly made to feel a part of it and are kept abreast of the goings-on in the market. We couldn’t do it without you!