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HoC hints that it is on the acquisition trail

Home of Choice has hinted that it might make an acquisition in about three months’ time.

HoC is advertising for business quality managers for training and compliance. It says this is part of gearing up for increased numbers when an acquisition takes place.

Sophie Hall, director of network operations, says the jobs have nothing to do with more Financial Services Authority probes into networks.

She says: “We have to recruit now for the future. The people we need for the jobs are on three-months’ notice contracts so we have to start advertising now.”


Network takeovers are bad for ARs

When I started to write this column I had no intention of criticising the appointed representative model two weeks in a row but I must remain topical and I notice that one network is in the process of negotiating the takeover of four smaller ones.

Callcredit to host credit conference

Credit reference agency Callcredit is to host a one-day conference for credit industry leaders addressing the future of the UK economy, the consumer lending industry and consumer behaviour.Titled Predicting The Future the conference is set to take place at the Marriott Forest of Arden Hotel & Conference Centre on Wednesday November 1.John McAndrew, managing director […]

Dear Delia

My clients bought their property with a sub-prime lender due to their credit history under the Right to Buy Scheme in December 2005. The property is valued at 100,000 and they owe 46,000 on their mortgage. They incurred a County Court judgement of 4,500 in February 2006, which they satisfied in June. They wish to raise 29,000 to consolidate debts and make home improvements. What are their options?

AMI won’t join other trade bodies in Mifid lobby group

The Association of Mortgage Intermediaries will not join other trade associations in working to influence the Financial Services Authority’s decision on the European Markets in Financial Instruments Directive. Some 11 bodies have banded to-gether including the Association of British Insurers and the British Ban-kers’ Association. But Rob Griffiths, associate director at AMI, says it does […]

Embrace simplicity!

By Fiona Holmes, proposition communications manager When I first took out critical illness cover, I was overwhelmed. It wasn’t just the form filling, it was finding out about the sheer number of illnesses I was covered for. Did it give me peace of mind that I was covered for neuromyelitis optica or systematic lupus erythematosus? […]


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