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Veterans win final with Square Mile manager

Steve Smith, director at Square Mile Mortgage Fin-ance, (pictured far left) celebrates victory with his veteran football side, the Manor Athletic Vets.

The team triumphed in the recent over-40s National Umbro Cup final on penalties. This was the season’s second cup win for Smith’s team, which he now manages after having injured his back.

The team, whose kit is sponsored by The Mortgage Works, won the nail-biting match after penalties.

Chris Waddle, ex-England star and famously unlucky penalty taker, was on the opposing team.

Smith says: “When Waddle was asked if he wanted to take a penalty he said, ‘With my reputation, I’ll be 10th on the list.'”

The Manor Athletic Vets will next play in a European veterans’ cup competition to be held at Sparta Prague.


We’re not a sect and we’re not secretive, says Opus Dei

Mortgage Strategy recently published a cartoon with a caption describing Opus Dei as ‘ultra-secretive’ and a ‘Catholic sect’ (May 28). First of all, Opus Dei is not a sect and the Catholic Church would not allow it to be. Opus Dei is a fully app-roved organisation within the Church, with a detailed entry in the […]

Brokers confident about coming year, says Paragon

Brokers’ exectations for growth in mortgage business over the next year remain strong despite interest rate rises, research by Paragon Mortgages reveals.On average, brokers predict that business will increase by more than 6% over the next year, which is the highest expected rise since 1999.Nearly 70% of the financial advisers questioned said that recent interest […]

A bad week for the HIP industry

Borrowers got a reprieve last week with the Bank of England’s decision not raise interest rates in June. The Monetary Policy Committee froze the base rate at 5.5% – and a good job too for many people.

Review tax laws, says NLA

The National Landlords Association is urging the government to review taxation in the private rented sector following reports that Revenue & Customs is targeting 80,000 buy-to-let landlords who may have claimed too much tax relief. The NLA says that because the government department al-ready has the rental sector in its sights and given its importance […]


Employer iPMI responsibilities could continue to escalate, says Jelf

New laws in Dubai will put the burden of providing international private medical insurance (iPMI) firmly on the shoulders of the employer in order to maintain the country’s leading healthcare facilities. With 10,000 UK nationals having moved to the country since 2007 and only 16.5 per cent of the total 8.2 million people living there being Emiratis, Jelf Employee Benefits believes this move was inevitable and employer responsibilities could continue to escalate in future.


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