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Surveyor wins session with England squad

A chartered surveyor has won the chance to train with Wayne Rooney, Stephen Gerrard, John Terry and the other members of the England squad.

Richard Ingham, from chartered surveyors Thomas Davidson, won the raffle prize which at a celebrity poker evening hosted by Vinnie Jones and television presenter Natalie Pinkham.

The event was organised to raise funds for the childrens medical research charity SPARKS.

Ingham attended a training session at Old Trafford on the eve of Englands recent match against Spain.

Ingham says: It was an unforgettable experience to see the heroes of English football close up, having watched them so many times on television before.

Its a great story to tell my friends and family, but I only wish I could have brought the team more luck in their game the following day.

David Alberto, chief executive of Avanta, who sponsored the competition, says: We were delighted to sponsor such a great prize in this event which will raise funds for this really worthwhile cause.


New scheme allows BTL properties to be sold with tenants in place

A new national scheme launched at the London Stock Exchange yesterday will allow buy-to-let properties to be bought and sold with the tenants in place.Some transactions of this type take place currently, but HomeLet IPEX is the first formal nationwide scheme. It means that landlords will have less risk before they buy a property because […]

Charcol warns consumers off long-term fixes

John Charcol has urged consumers to consider whether now is the right time to lock into a long term fix.The warning follows Nationwide launching a 25-year fixed product with no early repayment charges after the first 10 years.Ray Boulger, senior technical manager at John Charcol, says: “Nationwide’s decision to launch a 25-year fixed rate provides […]

Peace of mind is still valued by clients

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Learning tough lessons from the US

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Global benefits predictions for 2015 from Jelf International

According to Doug Rice, managing director of international services, in 2015, managing their international duty of care will become an increasing focus for UK-based overseas organisations in both managing their short- and longer-term challenges. As a result, strong independent advice and innovative technological solutions will become more important than ever in managing their global benefits.


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