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M Harborough gets new CEO

Market Harborough has appointed Mark Robinson as chief executive officer, replacing Philip Dearing who announced his departure in February to join Mutual One. Robinson comes from rival society Cumberland where he was general manager.


Abbey to the rescue of first-timers

Right now there are many things you don’t want to be – connected to arms dealers in Saudi Arabia, a contestant on Big Brother or a first-time buyer.

HBOS slip shows the client is king

Last week’s news that HBOS had lost market share was a timely reminder that irrespective of what lenders may like to think, the consumer is king. And the lending giant identified its retention strategy as the banana skin that caused the slip-up.

Silent partner bought out was launched in December 1999 by Simon Nixon and Duncan Cameron. Originally based in Chester, the price comparison website and its 400-odd staff now have a home in Ewloe, North Wales. Nixon recently bought out silent partner Cameron’s 48% stake.

Would you trust the advice of brokers who are receiving commission?

Last week, Radio guru Paul Lewis warned that there is a conflict of interest when financial advisers receive commission from lenders that also charge fees. Lewis says that although not all brokers will be swayed by commission some will and this is in conflict with their status as advisers.

So this week Mortgage Strategy asks: Would you trust the advice of brokers who are receiving commission?

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Guide: how to… audit your auto-enrolment scheme compliance

As the Pensions Regulator starts to bare its teeth and the changes mentioned in the Budget and Queen’s Speech start to come into force, it is essential that you understand your scheme and the processes you need to undertake to ensure it remains compliant. Our second re-enrolment guide looks at how to audit the key areas of your auto-enrolment scheme.


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