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Rugby stars kick off Wooden Spoon challenge

England rugby legends Dean Richards and Martin Bayfield helped launch applications for the 2007 Wooden Spoon Four Peaks Corporate Challenge last week.

Peak performers from leading companies such as Reuters, Deloitte, HSBC and Clydesdale Bank have pledged to take part in the challenge that will see teams compete to climb four mountains while raising money for charity.

Next year’s event begins on June 28 at Ben Nevis in Scotland.

Wooden Spoon, the official charity of the British and Irish Rugby Unions, funds projects supporting disadvantaged children and has donated more than £12m to a range of good causes.

The corporate teams will raise a minimum of £15,000 each.


Heading for the sun

Advantage is sending Julie Lowe, adviser at Partnership Mortgage Solutions, off to the luxurious Sandy Lane Spa Resort in Barbados after she was picked by Mortgage Strategy’s publisher Patrick Ponsford as the winner in a prize draw. Ponsford made the draw from thousands of entries at last week’s Mortgage Business Expo. The competition was organised […]

FTBs can afford to pay more

Affordability models have been credited with a 0.3% rise in the price first-time buyers are able to pay for their properties, raising the average amount they pay for a house to £152,633.Figures from the Department for Communities and Local Government show the average house price leapt up from £197,000 in August to £198,552 in September. […]

Cause for concern

The government’s Open Market HomeBuy scheme extends help beyond key workers but it has met with an underwhelming response, with fears that applicants may not get independent advice and that better deals are available, says Harvey Jones

FSA publishes anti-money laundering tool

The Financial Services Authority has published an anti-money laundering self-assessment tool.The aim is to prompt small firms to focus on and satisfy themselves that they are addressing their legal and regulatory obligations to combat financial crime. This follows the move to a more principles-based approach to anti-money laundering controls that was introduced on September 1.The […]


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