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Saffron Walden & Essex raises 1,100 for Children in Need

Pantomime dames helped Saffron Walden Herts & Essex raise more than 1,100 for the Children in Need appeal.

Richard Bolton, chief executive at Saffron and Andy Golding, sales and marketing director, got into the spirit of the day wearing ugly sister costumes, and serving coffee and cakes to members of staff.

The ugly sisters later featured alongside fellow executive members in a charity auction that helped head office and the Saffron branch to help raise the money.

Bolton says: “Most of our branches took part in Children in Need through a number of events and I was more than happy to play my part by volunteering for auction. Although the auction has closed, I still dont know what the winning bidders have in store for me, hopefully nothing too taxing.”


Mortgages plc enhances product range

Mortgages plc has launched a series of strategic product enhancements designed to position the company as the UKs leading non-conforming lender.The range of product enhancements launched by Mortgages plc include:* A choice of stepped or rolling discounts available on all products, three-year stepped discount with initial discounts up to 2.25% and no early repayment charge […]

Mortgage Express acquires GMAC-RFC portfolio

Mortgage Express has completed the purchase of a mortgage loan portfolio from GMAC-RFC for a consideration of around 407m.The purchase is the final one arising from an agreement announced in December 2003 to acquire from GMAC-RFC a minimum of 400m and up to 1.4bn of loans in 2004 in four tranches. All lending in the […]

Slowdown in new homes sector

The average price of a new home in the UK increased by 2.7% last month to 268,724, data released reveals.This is the first monthly increase since August and indicates that the new home slowdown is coming to an end.Selling prices were down, very slightly, by 0.5% on the same time last year, which indicates […]

UCB Home Loans publishes top tips for landlords

A set of top tips for budding landlords is launched today by Nationwides specialist subsidiary, UCB Home Loans. The tips can be accessed on the lenders buy-to-let microsite on the link below, together with a guide on buying-to-let and a series of six-monthly reports that the company produces on the buy-to-let sector.The twelve tips are […]

What triggers the MPAA?

Jim Grant – Senior Product Insight & Technical Support Analyst There’s sometimes confusion around what triggers the money purchase annual allowance. Find out what does and what doesn’t trigger the MPAA. The money purchase annual allowance (MPAA) is a reduced annual allowance that can apply to contributions to defined contribution (DC) schemes. The following table […]


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