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The Mortgage Mole

Floor show At the invitation of bridging lender Omni Capital, last week Mortgage Strategy hacks joined brokers to visit a swanky apartment at One Hyde Park.

As the apartment had just been sold for a whopping £53m, guests were asked to wear special slippers so they didn’t make a mess of the floor.

They were also treated to champagne and canapés, and a tour of the building, with staff nervously watching for spillages.

Alas, while the hacks were impeccably behaved it seems some brokers simply cannot hold their drink.

Mole has been reliably informed that there were at least three champagne glasses smashed on the multimillion pound floor.

He is sure the Candy brothers, owners of Omni Capital and One Hyde Park, will be more than impressed after their first encounter with the broker market.

Hot pedalling Employees and guests of Intrinsic are once again slipping on the lycra and taking to the road for the Intrinsic Sierra Nevada Cycle Challenge.

Building on the previous year’s success of cycling from London to Paris, Team Intrinsic will cycle from the Spanish city of Granada to the shores of the Mediterranean Sea. Last year £60,000 was raised for Children’s Hospice UK and it’s hoping to raise over £50,000 this year.

The challenge lasts three days and volunteers will endure a gruelling 190 miles of cycling in the blazing sun.

Some 21 Intrinsic riders are taking part a mix of advisers and staff including the network’s chief executive officer Richard Freeman, finance director Dave Capel, managing director corporate Wallace Dobbin, group protection director Ed Stuart-Brown and sales director Stephen Fryett.

To sponsor any of the riders go to


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