Guy Batchelor, sales and marketing director at Platform, scooped industry personality of the year last week at the Pink Home Loans Service Awards 2005, held for the third year running at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens.Batchelor beat off stiff competition from Linda Will, managing director of Accord Mortgages, who claimed the runner-up prize. Mehrdad Yousefi, head of intermediary mortgages at Alliance & Leicester, Michael Bolton, head of specialist lending at HBOS, and Peter Beaumont, sales and marketing director at Mortgages PLC, were also up for the award. Others winners on the night included First Active for overall lender of the year as well as best product innovator, and Oakwood Financial Management which won overall broker of the year and best broker for the North. BM Solutions collected best self-cert lender and best online lender while First National won best sub-prime lender. Others celebrating included Mortgage Express as best buy-to-let lender and Abbey for Intermediaries as best prime lender. Landlord Mortgages was named best buy-to-let broker, while Money Extra won best online broker. London & Country won best national broker while Hamptons International Mortgages scooped best broker South, with Chess Financial Services winning the award for outstanding broker achievement. Tony Jones, managing director of Pink, says: “We are delighted with how the evening went. The feedback was good and many people commented on how nice it is to have the event outside London.”
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