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Market Harborough appoints new CEO

Market Harborough has appointed Mark Robinson as its new CEO, replacing Philip Dearing who announced his departure in February to join Mutual One.

Robinson comes from rival society Cumberland where he was a general manager. Trained as a chartered surveyor, Market Harborough describes him as having “a substantial and varied career” in financial services, having previously worked for Abbey and Birmingham Midshires.

Dearing announced his departure in February, and in July he is to join the Skipton-owned outsourcing firm for mutuals, having worked for 12 years at Market Harborough. He himself was replacing Barry Meeks who left Mutual One to head up the Skipton-owned Pink Home Loans.

Married with two children, the 50-year old Robinson will be relocating to the Harborough area next year.


RBSIP denies it needs to restore BDM balance

Royal Bank of Scotland Intermediary Partners has denied that voluntary re-dundancies have been off-ered to staff in a bid to balance middle management and business development managers.Last week, RBS’ union Amicus confirmed that 30 people have been offered voluntary redundancies and redeployment from the 250-strong team at RBSIP.One source alleges the redundancies are a result […]

Dangerous road to client irresponsibility

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Get on the secured loans bandwagon

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Dring’s efforts at spin would be welcomed in Whitehall

I had to chuckle at Alan Dring’s article headlined ‘Muddled thinking on HIPs must end’ (Mortgage Strategy June 4). Talk about spin. Is he auditioning for a place in Gordon Brown’s government? The line that prompted my laughter was, “The government has not postponed the launch of HIPs, it has delayed it until August 1”. […]

Sub-Saharan Africa Near-Term Outlook

By Paul Caruana-Galizia, Neptune Economist

Sub-Saharan Africa’s economic renaissance continues. After growing at an average rate of five per cent over the past decade, the IMF projects an acceleration to 5.5 per cent growth among Sub-Saharan economies in the next two years, as developed economies emerge from the crisis. We expect this growth to be sustainable for three broad reasons.


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