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Kent Reliance adds SimplyBiz to panel

Kent Reliance has added SimplyBiz Mortgages to its distributor panel.

The deal means SimplyBiz members will have access to the OneSavings Bank subsidiary’s range.

OneSavings sales and marketing director John Eastgate says: “We’re delighted to welcome members of SimplyBiz Mortgages with direct access to our mortgage products.

”SimplyBiz Mortgages provide their members with outstanding customer service and support and it’s testament to the quality and effectiveness of our relationship with them over the last couple of years that we should take this next natural step and bring them directly onto our panel. We are looking forward to offering their members the choice and flexibility they require.”

SimplyBiz Mortgages chief executive Martin Reynolds says: “We are delighted to be able offer the full suite of Kent Reliance products directly to our members.

“We believe that the wide range of criteria they offer will provide many more opportunities for our members to help their clients.”


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