Mortgage Mole: Premier partnership

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Premier partnership

The link between mortgage lenders and sports sponsorship has a long and proud history, and Mole was interested to see a week ago that specialist lender Together had announced a partnership with premiership rugby team Sale Sharks for next season. The two-year deal will run until June 2019.

Mole heard from Sale Sharks’ commercial director, Mark Cueto (far left), who said Together had “grown in size and stature to become a leader in its field and one of the top companies in the North-west, so it’s a good fit for us and I know our players will make it proud”.

Also pictured are Together commercial CEO Marc Goldberg (second left),  Together personal finance CEO Pete Ball and Sale Sharks director of rugby Steve Diamond.

Mole looks forward to hearing more about the Sharks’ progress later this year.

Extended portfolio

Mole is always on the hunt for property gossip and is happy to share one such discovery that leapt out at him recently from the latest MPs’ register of financial interests.

It turns out that foreign secretary and former London mayor Boris Johnson has just become a landlord, a fact as yet unreported anywhere else, to Mole’s knowledge.

A surprising number of MPs are in fact landlords, but your subterranean correspondent is prepared to wager that none of them is as outlandish as the larger-than-life and impressively named Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson.

Diamond geezer

STEPHEN SMITH

Congratulations to L&G’s Stephen Smith, who recently turned 60. Mole understands that the financial group is having a bash for the mortgage veteran, in addition to his more personal celebrations.

Mole is sure all his readers will join in wishing Stephen many happy returns.

Aid from Aldermore

Mole hears that Aldermore has chosen stillbirth and neonatal death charity Sands as its main charity of 2017.

The big-hearted staff voted after Sands was put forward by an employee from the Wilmslow office whose friends had been helped by the charity following the death of their daughter.

Aldermore raised a whopping £26,739 for the Batten Disease Family Association in 2016.