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Howard’s away

In a move that will doubtless be celebrated throughout the kingdom, Halifax is reported to be poised to axe all-singing all-dancing Howard Brown from its TV adverts.

Mole wonders if fame went to Howard’s head and he got too expensive for Halifax, what with the current liquidity crisis and all.

The news will also be welcomed by this year’s Packager Summit delegates who booed Richard Warren, creator of the ads, when he spoke about the inspiration behind them.

But Howard’s fans should not de-spair as the warbling one is planning a greatest hits album. Mole can’t wait.


Barnes takes on MS

Former Liverpool and Newcastle winger John Barnes (pictured) will take on a Mortgage Strategy team in a charity five-a-side football tournament next week.Scoring Goals Against Leukaemia will also feature Everton goalkeeping legend Neville Southall.Financial services firm Lifetime is organising the event in St Albans on Thursday May 8 to support The Anthony Nolan Trust.

Cameron calls for lender-funded advice service

Conservative party leader David Cameron has proposed a £50m social responsibility charge be levied on lenders to subsidise a free consumer finance advice service.

Banks could help out building societies

The Bank of England’ s Special Liquidity Scheme which allows banks to swap temporarily their mortgage-backed and other securities for UK Treasury Bills, does not appear to be very helpful to the majority of building societies but apparently the big players may come to their rescue.

How we’re challenging challenger banks

The bridging market has enjoyed an excellent couple of years and, as a result, has seen a succession of new lenders enter the market. That competition has forced all of us to look carefully at how we price bridging loans. Over the past few months we have spent a lot of time on adjusting the […]


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