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Surveyor rewards good service

Allied Surveyors has launched an awards scheme to encourage good customer service. In the first poll, the team at its Solihull office scooped the top prize for excellent customer service and helpful staff.

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Inducement fears force West Brom draw U-turn

West Brom for Intermediaries has made a U-turn on the terms and conditions of its Trigold prize draw because of concerns it might offer an inducement. But BM Solutions, which is running a similar competition with the sourcing system’s E-Trading Centre, is sticking to its guns and not revising the rules of its prize draw to win a ride in a jet fighter in the US.

GEMHL develops direct proposition

GE Money Home Lending has teamed up with Sesame and Mortgages Direct as part of its direct-to-broker proposition. Duncan Berry, director of mortgage sales at GEMHL, says: “This channel is a growth area for the industry.”

CII applauds FSA competent employees rule

The Chartered Insurance Institute has welcomed the Financial Services Authority’s proposal that all authorised firms must abide by the competent employees rule as part of the revised training and competence rules that will come into force in November 2007.The competent employees rule requires that employees have all the expertise necessary for the discharge of the […]

Countrywide board recommends Apollo takeover

The board of Countrywide has agreed the 1bn takeover proposition made by private equity firm Apollo Funds. In an announcement on the London Stock Exchange, the estate agency confirmed that it has reached an agreement on the terms of a recommended offer by Castle BidCo, the company incorporated on behalf of Apollo for the purpose […]

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