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Primrose offers brokers Evaluate software

Primrose Premier, the packaging arm of Premier Network Group, is offering all brokers access to Evaluate specialist sourcing software.

Evaluate delivers a range of benefits for those advisers sourcing sub-prime products, including multiple lender options, comparison matrix search returns and online key facts information requests and application options.

PP is available to all non-tied brokers as well as PNG appointed representative firms. It operates a lender panel comprised of specialist lenders.

Karen Butt, head of group sales and marketing at PP, says: “We are delighted to be able to offer all our brokers’ access to the technology that Evaluate provides.

“In today’s marketplace advisers want speed and certainty when they source non-conforming products and Evaluate certainly provides on both counts.

“The level of functionality and the range of benefits Evaluate provides means those who use it are opting for the fastest and most accurate system on the market today.

“2008 is a major year of expansion for our PP packaging arm. We have already recruited two regional sales managers who are looking to recruit a number of BDMs .

“We are focused on delivering a proposition which allows ease of use and a comprehensive range of products.”


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By Robin Geffen, fund manager and CEO 

This year threatens to be a challenging one for UK dividend hunters. Last year saw an all-time record amount paid out in UK dividends — some £97.4bn, according to research from Capita Dividend Monitor. Yet as Capita also pointed out, out the biggest single factor driving the growth in the fourth quarter of last year was easy to identify: the rising US dollar. 

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