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Mortgage Next workshops prove popular

Two regional broker workshops, hosted recently by Mortgage Next in Edinburgh and Manchester, have been declared a great success by intermediaries who say they have helped them identify and exploit additional income earning opportunities.

Lisa Barber, sales and marketing director at Mortgage Next, says: “We’re delighted with both the turnout and response to our first two regional workshops. Brokers tell us that the workshops have given them valuable food for thought about how to increase their income in a far more difficult trading environment.

“We cover a wide range of subjects including how to farm your client bank; budget selling to maximise income; how to effectively convert purchased leads; when to use alternative debt solutions; and the opportunities available in the overseas mortgage market.

“As a mortgage distributor, we believe we have an important role to play in helping brokers identify and exploit new business opportunities and we look forward to welcoming intermediaries to our remaining six workshops which will be running until mid June.”

The remaining workshops are being held in Maidstone, Chingford, Liverpool, Birmingham, Heathrow and Cardiff. The seminars start at 10am and finish with lunch at 12.30 pm and are open to any intermediary, but places are restricted and must be booked in advance either online at


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