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Karoke on song

Last week was a bumper one for industry conferences, with both the Building Society Association and Mortgage Advice Bureau seminars taking place. Mole hears there were goodies, games and Star Wars ‘May the fourth be with you’ puns aplenty during the events.


But Mole believes the greatest entertainment came in the form of the MAB delegates own versions of Carpool Karaoke enroute to the Leicester event. The Mortgage Hut crew (pictured) get a special shout out for adjusting the lyrics to Estelle’s American Boy, adding plenty of expletives. It gave Mole a good laugh!

Sleep easy

Mole never fails to be impressed by the charitable endeavours of the mortgage industry and has heard of yet another fundraising project, this time by employees of Fleet Mortgages. Chief risk officer Jannie Vermeulen and head of IT Stefan Terblanche recently took part in the annual ‘Sleep Easy’ event in Guildford to raise funds and awareness for the YMCA’s safe housing programme. Mole hears that the duo slept rough for the cause, no easy task.


We hope the pair, who have also taken part in previous years, have reached their target of raising £1,000 for the charity.

Donations are still being accepted so if you meet the brave pair, Mole urges you to put your hands in your pockets.

OH baby

This week marks Mental Health Awareness Week, a cause close to Mole’s heart, and in acknowledgement of the dedicated week, Brightstar is hosting a series of fundraisers for its appointed charities, Anxiety UK and Mind.

Of the events Brightstar is hosting, Mole was particularly tickled by the baby photo competition in which staff can bring in a photo of themselves as babies and colleagues guess who’s who. Participants pay £2 to take part and whoever guesses the most pictures correctly wins a bottle of champagne! To get the ball rolling, can you identify this well-known industry figure from their adorable baby pic ?…

Break with tradition

Combination lockKent Reliance came up with a novel idea to mark the launch of a new branch agency in Chichester. The lender, part of OneSavings Bank, is giving the public the chance to win £500 in a “Break the Bank” competition where they keyed in a random four digit pin in a bid to unlock the cash. There will also be spot prizes and giveaways aplenty. Mole asks when Kent Reliance will be opening an underground branch for us nocturnal creatures?


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