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Packager Summit will bring top players together

Mortgage Strategy’s Packager Summit in Nice will play host to the crème de la crème of the packaging community this week. Some 85 delegates will be attending the conference, the main sponsor of which is The Mortgage Business, along with 16 other providers. The programme includes talks on the future of the packaging market, the impact of technology and what the future holds for packagers and the specialist market in general. There will be a host of workshops and social events, and the Summit’s final gala dinner will be hosted by comedian Ed Byrne. On Friday there will also be golf sponsored by Mortgages PLC and quad biking sponsored by Southern Pacific Mortgage Limited. The Summit takes place in (hopefully) sunny southern France in one of the leading hotels in the world, the Palais de la Mediterranee.

Robyn Hall, editor of Mortgage Strategy, says: “Apart from the Summit being a chance for packagers to network it might be a chance for some shrewd packagers to increase their own property portfolios with a Mediterranean apartment or villa.”


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