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Swift appoints North-West BDM

Brentwood-based sub-prime lender Swift Group has appointed James Briggs as business development manager for the North-West.

The appointment brings Swift’s sales team headcount to six and continues its strategy of strengthening the sales function.

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Compass buys The Debt Advisor

Compass Finance has bought debt advisory service, The Debt Advisor.At an EGM held today, the company agreed to buy The Debt Advisor and the placing of 11 million new ordinary shares to raise 4.15m net of expenses.Gren Folwell, chairman of Compass Finance, says: The acquisition of The Debt Advisor is a key strategic move for […]

M-Next shared ownership deal

Mortgage Next has launched a shared ownership discount mortgage funded by Ipswich. The deal is available via members of the Mortgage Next Network and directly authorised brokers registered with Mortgage Next Partners. It consists of a discount of 0.75% off the standard variable rate for three years from completion.

Someone should get a grip on cases submitted to Halifax

From Jason Simpson I am interested to know how other brokers find working with Halifax at the moment. I have a case that has been in the underwriting phase since early April. The application is for a remortgage with a guarantor at about 85% LTV and it’s as strong a guarantor case as you will […]

InterBay fills marketing role

InterBay Funding has appointed Anna Bennett as marketing manager, heading the US commercial lender’s UK marketing effort.

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(Another) downhill stroll — retirement planning

A report published this morning by the CIPD (CIPD Employee Outlook March 2015) provides yet more interesting data to the changing landscape of retirement planning. It should be remembered that we are in a period of genuine flux here given that the default retirement age was scrapped three years ago, and new pension freedoms come online in April. Both of these alterations will have a huge impact on how employees plan for their retirement.

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