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Mortgage News

  • One to One: Nicola Firth, chief executive, Knowledge Bank
    <p>The challenge of changing the industry’s mind-set, the need for 360o vision, and removing the sticking points of house-buying. What’s the most important lesson you have learned since establishing Knowledge Bank? That it takes time to change the way that an industry thinks, even when you have the solution to a problem. I think our […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.mortgagestrategy.co.uk/one-to-one-nicola-firth-chief-executive-knowledge-bank/">One to One: Nicola Firth, chief executive, Knowledge Bank</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.mortgagestrategy.co.uk">Mortgage Strategy</a>.</p>
  • Government to seek views on property court cases
    <p>The UK government plans to launch a call for evidence with the view to making improvements to the experience of using courts and tribunal services in property cases this autumn. The plan was announced in a speech delivered by secretary of state James Brokenshire on 2 July, and confirmed on 11 July in a written response to […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.mortgagestrategy.co.uk/government-to-seek-views-on-property-cases/">Government to seek views on property court cases</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.mortgagestrategy.co.uk">Mortgage Strategy</a>.</p>
  • Lenders improve affordability in scramble for borrowers
    <p>Strong competition means lenders have less room to manoeuvre on rates. There has been a flurry of affordability changes in recent weeks as lenders begin to step up competition on criteria. Brokers argue this is because pressure on lenders’ margins and strong competition mean they have less room to manoeuvre on rates, particularly at lower […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.mortgagestrategy.co.uk/lenders-improve-affordability-in-scramble-for-borrowers/">Lenders improve affordability in scramble for borrowers</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.mortgagestrategy.co.uk">Mortgage Strategy</a>.</p>
  • Financial services will not suffer from Brexit deal: Hammond
    <p>Chancellor Philip Hammond has said that financial services will not suffer from the government’s new Brexit deal despite watering down key plans for the City. Hammond had set out for a “mutual recognition” deal for the City, but has now confirmed this does not feature as part of the government’s current proposition for a UK […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.mortgagestrategy.co.uk/financial-services-will-not-suffer-from-brexit-deal-hammond/">Financial services will not suffer from Brexit deal: Hammond</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.mortgagestrategy.co.uk">Mortgage Strategy</a>.</p>
  • Flurry of FCA updates to impact market
    <p>Regulator unveils proposed directory of senior financial services professionals, publishes fees for 2018/19 and approves new tech-based mortgage firms. The Financial Conduct Authority published a raft of reports, consultations and policy initiatives over the past month and many will have a direct impact on the mortgage sector. Recently, the FCA has put forward plans to […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.mortgagestrategy.co.uk/flurry-of-fca-updates-to-impact-market/">Flurry of FCA updates to impact market</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.mortgagestrategy.co.uk">Mortgage Strategy</a>.</p>
  • House price dip in London to continue for another year: PwC
    <p>Annual house price growth is likely to slow to 3 per cent this year, and remain at this level until 2025, according to new analysis from accountants PwC. Its projections show that the average property in the UK will rise in value from £221,000 in 2017 to £285,000 by 2025. Property price inflation at this […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.mortgagestrategy.co.uk/house-price-dip-in-london-to-continue-for-another-year-pwc/">House price dip in London to continue for another year: PwC</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.mortgagestrategy.co.uk">Mortgage Strategy</a>.</p>
  • Accord to hire BDMs and managers in recruitment drive
    <p>Accord Mortgages is growing its team with the appointment of several additional business development and account managers. The intermediary-only lender is currently recruiting for a business development manager, two telephone BDMs, a corporate account manager, and a regional manager. A corporate account manager for proposition development and a strategic performance and operations manager are also […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.mortgagestrategy.co.uk/accord-to-hire-bdms-and-managers-in-recruitment-drive/">Accord to hire BDMs and managers in recruitment drive</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.mortgagestrategy.co.uk">Mortgage Strategy</a>.</p>
  • Knowledge Bank launches application programme interface
    <p>Knowledge Bank, the criteria search system, has announced the launch of its application programming interface. An API allows a developer to access a service’s functionality and integrate it into their own systems. In this case, lenders, networks, mortgage clubs, distributors, and brokers will have the ability to use Knowledge Bank’s data (within their own CRMs […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.mortgagestrategy.co.uk/knowledge-bank-launches-application-programme-interface/">Knowledge Bank launches application programme interface</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.mortgagestrategy.co.uk">Mortgage Strategy</a>.</p>
  • PRA director joins Coventry BS board
    <p>The Coventry Building Society has appointed a director of the Prudential Regulation Authority to its board. Martin Stewart will join as a non-executive director from 1 September 2018. He will also chair the board’s risk committee. Stewart has held a number of roles at the PRA and is currently director of banks, building societies and […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.mortgagestrategy.co.uk/pra-director-joins-coventry-bs-board/">PRA director joins Coventry BS board</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.mortgagestrategy.co.uk">Mortgage Strategy</a>.</p>
  • Market Watch: From the sublime to the ridiculous
    <p>As Brexit uncertainty clouds businesses’ future plans, World Cup fervour may prompt an interest-rate increase and AST changes could be nigh. At this point, you are either reading this on a wave of passionate pride in our brilliant England team continuing to battle towards their first World Cup semi-final since 1990, or bemoaning an opportunity […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.mortgagestrategy.co.uk/market-watch-from-the-sublime-to-the-ridiculous/">Market Watch: From the sublime to the ridiculous</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.mortgagestrategy.co.uk">Mortgage Strategy</a>.</p>

Insurance News
  • After last Sunday, Cox took down his Ravens d
    The 2018 World Cup is fast approaching, with national sides making their final preparations ahead of this summer’s tournament. We now know the groups after December’s draw. England have been put together with Belgium, Tunisia and Panama in Group G. Gareth Southgate’s side were not among the top seeds, meaning they featured in pot two […]

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  • AXA appoints Agrical as lead adjuster for farming and agriculture claims
    AXA Commercial Lines and Personal Intermediary has appointed Agrical as its lead chartered loss adjuster for all farming and agricultural claims. Agrical is the UK’s leading specialist loss adjuster for farms and landed estates. The appointment is for three years and Agrical has the appropriate level of authority to make decisions on 90% of the […]
  • BGL Group announces new executive chairman and CEO
    The BGL Group today announced that Peter Winslow is to become Executive Chairman of the BGL Group, and Matthew Donaldson will take the role of Chief Executive Officer. The changes will be effective as of July 1. Peter Winslow has been Chief Executive of the Group since 1995, and has led the Group through an […]
  • AIG launches its Apprenticeship Programme
    AIG Europe Limited is joining forces with the National Apprenticeship Service to announce its new Apprenticeship programme. AIG will be creating job opportunities for up to 25 apprentices in 2013 based in the company’s Claims centres in Croydon and Chesterfield. Nicolas Aubert UK Managing Director for AIG said, “There is a very real need within […]
  • Open GI appoints Insurer Relations Manager
    Open GI, has enhanced its Insurer Relations team with the promotion of Tavis Childs to Insurer Relations Manager. In his new role, Tavis will be responsible for maintaining relationships with insurer customers, working closely to secure products and making them available on the Open GI system for use by brokers. With over a decade of […]
  • BGL announces management changes
    The BGL Group today announced two new appointments and a departure within its senior team. Martin Overton has stepped down as Group Director Legal Services and leaves BGL in March. Martin joined the Group in 2006 as Director, Commercial and Corporate Services, and was promoted to Managing Director of ACM, BGL’s claims management arm, in […]
  • Accident Claims Specialists directors jailed for fraud
    Two fraudsters who made thousands of pounds from fraudulent insurance claims have been jailed. Shakir Javid was sentenced to three years in prison at Newcastle Crown Court on Friday (1 March 2013) for masterminding the scams. His accomplice, Amjed Malik Iqbal, will serve two years and four months behind bars. An investigation was launched after […]
  • Vamco aims to ringfence repair monies
    Outsourced motor insurance claims specialist Vamco has pledged to keep every pound destined for its body-shop partners safe behind a legal ring-fence. The Surrey-based organisation, which has never sought or taken ‘referral fees’ from its networks of repairers, guarantees that monies it receives from insurers for accident damage will go to the hard-pressed body-shops and […]
  • Thomas Carroll Group announces new appointments
    Thomas Carroll Group, the Welsh insurance, risk management to financial services group, has announced two senior executive appointments to its commercial insurance division. Sian England has joined Thomas Carroll Brokers as Account Executive based at the company’s Caerphilly headquarters. Augmenting Thomas Carroll’s Swansea headquarters is Jo Watson, who has been appointed New Business Executive for […]