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BDS takes on BDM

BDS Mortgage Group has appointed Sarah Barnett as business development manager with responsibility for managing key broker relationships.

Blemain newscast Blemain Finance has participated in the c2-financial weekly web newscast.

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From Sean Horton Louise Hanson of Which? (Mortgage Strategy June 5) thinks HIPs are like car MOTs. I wonder what Which? readers would think of her advice when buying a car. The analogy of a car’s MOT proving it is in working order is simplistic. An MOT proves a car met limited criteria at the […]

Defaqto says equity release growth will be constrained by lack of advisers

A new report from Defaqto reveals that the rapid growth of the equity release market is set to continue, driven by changing customer needs and better product design. But a lack of qualified advisers and solicitors is constraining the sectors potential, the report adds.Recent market predictions are for new equity release business to nearly double […]

Choose your words carefully when writing about the sub-prime ssector

From Thomas Reeh Isabelle Kassam has been at it again – using tabloid hysteria to drum up yet another controversy with her attack on sub-prime mortgage brokers and lenders (Mortgage Strategy June 5). It worries me when journalists use phrases like “I wonder” and “I suspect” – it sounds like code for “I don’t know […]

Cheval bought by owner of Domino’s Pizza UK

Bridging finance lender Cheval has been bought by investment partnership Credit Investments, one half of which is the UK owner of Domino’s Pizza. Credit Investments is owned Colin Halpern and Ellis Sher. Halpern is an experienced entrepreneur who bought in 1993, with his brother Gerry, the UK and Ireland franchise for Domino Pizza. Together the […]

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Infographic — health cash plans 2014

Health Shield has strengthened its position in the cash plan market, according to the latest Laing & Buisson report, increasing its market share by income from £27m in 2012 to £29m in 2013. The Health Cover UK Market Report 2014 revealed that the non-profit-making Friendly Society was the only provider in the top four to have increased its market share by income over the past year. Health Shield was also the only cash plan provider in the top four to have increased its market share by income every year for the previous five years. This infographic presents the figures.

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