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County says profits trebled in 2004

The County Mortgage Group, which owns c2-financial and c2-secured, says group pre-tax profits trebled during 2004 to just over 300,000.

The company says the increase is especially good news as it has invested heavily during that time in technology and larger premises.

David Wylie, managing director of c2, says: “Although we are obviously not yet in a position to release figures for 2005 it is safe to say that, based on interim figures covering the first three quarters of the year, we are once again going to see a three-figure increase in growth in profitability.

“This is being achieved through close attention to costs and also because the group is seeing a return on its investment in the business during 2003-2004.”


5,000 Advisers have taken CeRGI

The Institute of Financial Services says 5,000 advisers have now taken its Certificate in Regulated General Insurance. The single-module qualification is modelled around the IFS’s CeMAP exam. The regulation of GI activities requires that employers have in place suitable competence and training arrangements for those carrying out regulated activities. Mark Roberts, head of faculty financial […]

TMB cuts rates across many of its products

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Personal Touch appoints Starkie as national sales manager

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OFT approves estate agents’ code of practice

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‘How to…audit your auto-enrolment scheme compliance’

Avoid pension penalties with our auto-enrolment checklist

According to the Pensions Regulator’s annual commentary and analysis report released this month, 785 potential non-compliance cases were referred for investigation, with 23 auto-enrolment compliance notices issued. And they predict that the use of their statutory powers is only going to increase.


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