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Top Tories to open CBI conference

Tory leadership contenders David Cameron and David Davis will open the CBI’s annual conference at the London Business Design Centre on November 28 and 29.The conference will also provide an opportunity for Chancellor of the Exchequer Gordon Brown to discuss his keenly awaited pre-Budget report.


RICs responds to ODPM house price data

The Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors has responded to the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister house price data for September, Milan Khatri, chief economist at RICs, says: “Figures released by the ODPM today show that house prices rose 3.3% from year ago levels in September, compared to 2.8% in August. “The pace of house […]

Can we help minorities?

Last week Mortgage Strategy revealed that London-based broker Quantum is providing advice on mortgages and life assurance for a lifestyle guide for the gay, lesbian and bisexual community. Launched by a company called Pride Direct, the guide will serve as an online directory for 2.8 million users. Quantum managing director Jonathan Burridge says: “This is […]

Freedom adds BIA to its distribution panel

Freedom Lending, the Wilmslow based specialist mortgage lender, has added Berkley Independent Advisers to its distribution panel.BIA is a subsidiary of Berkeley Berry Birch. The company, which serves both authorised representatives and directly authorised brokers, will market the entire Freedom Lending product range, which includes self-cert, buy-to-let, let-to-buy and sub-prime products, to mortgage brokers throughout […]

C&G may become a broker brand

Lloyds TSB isrumoured to be considering converting Cheltenham & Gloucester into an intermediary only brand. Industry sources tell Mortgage Strategy that although no final decision has been made, Lloyds TSB is considering its future in the marketplace and realising it needs an intermediary only side if its business is to grow. If Lloyds TSB was […]


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