The mortgage industry turned out in force last week for the seventh Broomstick Ball, held at The Marriott hotel on London’s Grosvenor Square and organised by Deirdre McManus, head of sales at Bristol & West Mortgages.The event is the only one in the industry calendar at which lenders and brokers come together, forget rivalries and join forces to raise money for Cancer Research. McManus started the Broomstick Ball in 1998 when a colleague at Bristol & West was diagnosed with breast cancer. The colleague, Natalie, sadly died two years ago at the age of 33, and McManus has since turned the Ball into a highly successful fund- raising event in her honour. The 2005 ball was sponsored by Bristol & West Mortgages and The Mortgages Times Group, and supported by Halifax and BM Solutions. The event hosted a successful charity auction in which the top quality lots included shirts from footballers Wayne Rooney and Steven Gerrard, and dinner at the chef’s table at Claridges. These items alone raised 30,000. Mortgage Strategy kindly donated editor Robyn Hall’s job to the auction and John Garfield from John Charcol successfully bid 9,000 for the pleasure of running the industry’s leading magazine for a week. McManus says: “It was a fantastic evening and we raised a tremendous amount of money for Cancer Research. “My thanks go out to the sponsors, advertisers and all those who bid at the auction.” On the night, the event raised 159,000 and since 1998 The Broomstick Ball has raised 377,000 for Cancer Research. Next year, McManus is aiming for 200,000. Anyone who would like to get involved should contact McManus at email@example.com.
HMC Funding has launched an unsecured personal loans facility for the timeshare industry. Ron Howell, director of HMC Funding, says: “For many years, the industry has been constrained by lack of choice and innovation in its finance business. Customers are becoming disillusioned with current offerings. “They are more educated on finance than ever before and […]
Payment protection insurance specialist Burgesses has changed its company name to British Insurance, to be known by the trading name britishinsurance.com.Any company wishing to incorporate the word British in its title requires the approval of the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, and this is normally only given ifthe organisation can demonstrate pre-eminence in […]
Media magnate Rupert Murdoch’s News International and Australian website Realestate.com.au last week jointly bought UK property portal Propertyfinder.com. The two firms purchased 95% of Asserta Holdings – which owns Propertyfinder.com – for 14.3m. The new owners say the deal means Propertyfinder.com and its customers will benefit from the skills and capabilities of News International as […]
The Department of Trade and Industry has published statistics showing insolvencies in Q3 2005. There were 3,389 liquidations in England and Wales in Q3 of 2005 on a seasonally adjusted basis, an increase of 0.3% on the previous quarter and an increase of 14.2% on the same period a year ago.This was made up of […]
Health Shield has launched its latest creative advertising campaign entitled ‘We’ve Got You Covered’. The ‘back-to-basics’ advertising aims to highlight the benefits of implementing a health cash plan while showcasing the company’s products and excellent customer service.
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