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UCB Home Loans to sponsor team in yacht race

UCB Home Loans is one of the Business Club Members associated with the race. It will be supporting the event through its involvement with the Unisys EMC sponsored yacht skippered by 30 year old Dee Caffari. The yacht, which will carry the UCB brand on her hull, is the only one of the 12 in the race to have a female skipper.

The Global Challenge, which sets off from Portsmouth on October 3, involves 12 identical 72-foot ocean racing yachts, each crewed by 17 ordinary men and women and led by a professional skipper. Sailing &#39the wrong way&#39 around the world against the prevailing winds and currents, the event has rightly earned its label as the world&#39s toughest yacht race.

During their 30,000 mile voyage the crews stop off at Buenos Aires, Wellington, Sydney, Cape Town, Boston and La Rochelle before returning to Portsmouth next July.


Freedom launches enhanced range of mortgage products

The range now includes a variety of new features. All prime products now offer an extended choice of interest rates up to 90% LTV, with the exception of buy-to-let which has one rate to 85% LTV. There are competitive discounted rates over one, two and three years to 85% LTV, on full status, self-certification and […]

Purely Mortgages strikes distribution deal with Interactive Investor

Purely Mortgages has been selected ahead of other established brokers to provide fees-free mortgage solutions to Interactive Investor&#39s database of over 1.4 million registered users. The partnership gives Purely Mortgages greater access to the consumer mortgage market, complementing its national press advertising and PR launch this month, and provides Interactive Investor with an impartial, straightforward and […]

Mortgage Support Network receives full authorisation

The network, which has over 1,200 advisers using its support services in the current non-regulated marketplace, received its MTA from the FSA in July and has now received its grant of permission under the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000. Jason Graham, managing director, says: “It is extremely pleasing for both our company and those […]

Lenders move to slash fixed rates

IF and Norwich and Peterbrough have both recently launched fixed rate mortgages that are more competitively priced than previous deals. Jennifer Blackwood, spokeswoman for IF, says: “We felt it was the right time to cut the rate to 4.95%, down from 5.49%.” Details of the product include: a discounted rate until October 31 2007 with […]

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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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