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Amity expands into new premises

Amity Direct has expanded its operations in the North East moving into further premises close to their head office in Darlington, with a further 20 jobs as a result.

Julie Hamilton, operations director at Amity, says: “With an increase of 87% on business levels received this year compared with the same period last year on top of the plans for the regulated market already taking shape, Amity continues to invest in protecting its enviable reputation for service to its introducers&#39


The 87% increase, calculated in numbers of successful mortgage applications, was measured in the twelve months since April 2003.

Hamilton adds: “This is a direct result of Amity&#39s growth over the last year which has seen us open five processing centres throughout the UK, from Edinburgh to the South East. Intermediaries clearly appreciate our policy of local service backed up by strong central administration.


Amity Direct&#39s results showed that re-mortgage applications doubled during March and April – a result of the springtime boom in home improvements, which is an expected annual increase. But there has also been an unexpected buoyancy in the buy-to-let market, which is consistent throughout the UK.


FSA starts to send out VOP letters

The FSA has started the process of sending letters to already authorised firms which have applied to conduct mortgage or general insurance business alongside their current regulated activities. Last week 1,320 of these variation of permission letters were issued – 1,082 for mortgages, or mixed business, and 238 for insurance. Firms receiving a VOP letter […]

Datamoniter reveals life assurance market set to grow by £1.8bn

A report from market analyst Datamonitor reveals that the life assurance market will grow by over £1.8 bn in the next four years to £5bn as stock markets recover and protection products remain popular. It says life insurance companies will have to world will have to work hard and make sure they have learnt their […]

FSA adds two new directors to FSCS board

The Financial Services Authority has appointed two new non-executive directors to the Board of the Financial Services Compensation Scheme. They are Richard Pratt, who writes and lectures on combating money laundering andon other regulatory issues. He conducts assessments of regulatory standards in different countries and provides advice to jurisdictions on regulatory issues. He was director […]

Focus Solutions row up Avon for Anthony Nolan Trust

Staff at Focus Solutions were frantically rowing up the River Avon in Stratford on Sunday May 16 as they joined 26 other teams from the Midlands area to compete in the annual Dragon Boat Race in aid of the Anthony Nolan Trust. The Focus team, called &#39Hong Kong Focus Phooey&#39, consisted of 10 rowers and […]

Health services

Challenges and opportunities

By Sarah Scott, marketing consultant On 22 February this year the charity Diabetes UK launched a fundraising initiative, #Swim22. They challenged individuals to swim 22 miles over the course of 89 days – a distance that equates to the width of the English Channel. Because of the time period the challenge is spread over, it […]


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