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Mortgage Mole: Piratical Paul Darwin of the good ship Skipton

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Darwin’s the origin of booty

Mole must confess that the annual ‘Talk like a pirate’ Day often passes him by — but not this year.

Your subterranean correspondent was recently sent a press release from Skipton Building Society that was written entirely in piratical language, including a quote from “Captain Paul Darwin [left] of the good ship Skipton”, who said (on the subject of two new, broker-only mortgages): “This new booty complements perfectly our existin’ suite o’ booty, ’n I’m sure will be mighty popular.”

Mole assumes the good folk at Skipton had been swigging on a tipple or two of naval rum when they composed that particular press release.

Blue blooded?

What do you think is David Torpey’s favourite colour?

In Mole’s recent catch-up with the Bluestone Mortgages managing director (right), Torpey pointed out that he had previously worked at Blue Step Bank and also spent 20 years at Barclays, whose logo and branding are, of course, blue in colour.

Mole is sure Torpey has many happy years ahead of him at Bluestone but, should he ever decide to leave, he will have plenty of blue-imbued lenders to choose from, including Coventry, Halifax, RBS, Skipton Building Society and TSB.

Not a bad favourite colour to have in the mortgage game, Mole reckons.

Fast and fiducium

Mole knows there are a fair few petrolheads in the industry. So hats off to bridging lender Fiducium, which recently helped out iconic British sports car manufacturer TVR.

The lender provided a funding line for both the factory and the development and manufacture of the firm’s latest car, the revamped Griffith.

Fans of motoring facts will be interested to know that the car in question weighs 1,250kg, can hit 200mph and will do 0–60mph in under four seconds.

Fans of mortgage facts (hopefully everyone likely to be reading Mole’s scribblings) will be equally interested to know that Fiducium arranged an initial multi-drawdown, interest-only facility of £6m, secured over the company’s and guarantors’ assets.

Both sets of facts are equally exciting, in Mole’s considered opinion.

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Our industry is full of generous individuals and firms that support a host of good causes, with colleagues often giving up their spare time to raise funds in imaginative or challenging ways.

Check out the sums raised this month…


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