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Skipton takes shares in IFA

Skipton has acquired a 75% shareholding in Thomson Shepherd, the IFA that trades as Coggans Wood in Edinburgh.


Wacky Races

Mortgage Strategy deputy editor Robert Thickett disgraced himself at last week’s mortgage market rally courtesy of HBOS.


Opal Home Loans teams up with Commercial 1

Opal Home Loans, the Essex-based mortgage packager, has appointed Commercial 1 in a move that makes the specialist Bromley-based brokerage its preferred partner for all secured loans, bridging and commercial finance. Opal, a member of the Exclusive Connections panel,offers a wide range of near-prime, sub-prime, self-certification and buy-to-let plans. The partnership with Commercial 1 means […]

Brokers must tread carefully with debt management firms

There’s little for brokers to feel bullish about right now but one of the few bright spots for developing new business – providing debt solutions to clients – is in danger of being hijacked by companies that have neither the expertise nor the required knowledge of the broker sector.

A question of service

Roy Armitage, head of credit, LendInvest Selling a loan is the part of a lender’s workload most visible to brokers and borrowers. Just as crucial – but less frequently observed – is how that lender services that loan. A commitment to quality servicing is one that’s front and centre for us at LendInvest and it’s […]


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