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Mark Harrison launches networking firm

Mark Harrison, ex-sales director at GE Money Home Lending has launched a networking organisation for senior financial services executives.

Harrison says membership of Institute of Finance Professionals reads like an industry who’s who, with executives from the world of Investment banking, retail banking, mortgage lending, loans, insurance, debt recovery, credit solutions and other financial services related businesses.

The main aim of the IFP is to facilitate regular face to face network events that will enable members to forge new relationships and develop new partnerships, something that will be critical to any business looking to survive in 2009.

As well as the face to face networking events, the IFP website will also feature interviews and articles by senior financial executives, discussing and debating topics as diverse as leadership, motivation and business diversification.

This knowledge database will only be available through the private secured member’s part of the site, which will also allow members to communicate privately with each other.

Harrison, says: “We have been genuinely overwhelmed by the interest shown in our organisation and membership enquiries have exceeded our expectations.

“Every month there will be a formal event which will allow all of our members to have a number of opportunities to network with other senior finance executives throughout the year.

“In addition to this and the website interviews and articles, there will also be professional development opportunities and a number of finance summits with keynote speakers that simply cannot be missed.

The feedback we are getting so far is that this is exactly what the industry has been crying out for.”


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