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Shawbrook Bank hits £1 billion lending mark

Shawbrook Bank hits £1 billion lending mark

Shawbrook Bank has exceeded £1bn in lending to SMEs and personal customers in the UK. This is the latest major landmark for the bank, which launched less than three years ago and broke even after just 16 months.

09 Sep 2013

Noel Meredith, Executive Director at United Trust Bank

In The Spotlight

Noel Meredith, Executive Director at United Trust Bank

Financial Reporter had a chat with Noel Meredith, Executive Director at United Trust Bank, about development finance and broker relationships.

06 Sep 2013

Third of families have no safety net for loss of income

Protection

Third of families have no safety net for loss of income

Data from Legal & General looking at how prepared UK consumers are financially has revealed that 35% of British families have no financial safety net to cope with a sudden loss of income.

06 Sep 2013

HMO lending – best case scenario

Blogs

HMO lending – best case scenario

[Karen Bennett, Director of Sales & Marketing (Commercial Mortgages) at Shawbrook Bank]

06 Sep 2013

45% of borrowers rely on help from their parents

Mortgages

45% of borrowers rely on help from their parents

A survey published today by the L&G Mortgage Club looking at the impact of family financing on UK housing transactions has revealed that 45% of respondents cited their parents as major contributors to buying their current or their first home.

06 Sep 2013

Home ownership no longer the ultimate goal for young people

Mortgages

Home ownership no longer the ultimate goal for young people

New research from protection specialist LV= shows that the growing number of renters is likely to continue to soar as the younger generation's attitude to renting is changing.

06 Sep 2013

House prices see seventh monthly increase

Mortgages

House prices see seventh monthly increase

House prices in the latest three months (June-August) were 2.1% higher than in the preceding three months (March-May). This was the same rate of increase as in both June and July, according to the latest Halifax House Price Index.

06 Sep 2013

Number of FTBs up 45% year-on-year

Mortgages

Number of FTBs up 45% year-on-year

The number of first-time buyers rose 45% year-on-year in July, thanks largely to a sharp fall in mortgage rates, according to the latest First Time Buyer Monitor from LSL Property Services.

06 Sep 2013

NewBuy takes off with its strongest quarter so far

Mortgages

NewBuy takes off with its strongest quarter so far

Government-backed housing scheme, NewBuy, has helped 3,749 people onto the housing ladder since its launch in March last year, according to new data from the Department for Communites and Local Government.

05 Sep 2013

Bright Grey and Scottish Provident announce plans for improved IP products

Protection

Bright Grey and Scottish Provident announce plans for improved IP products

Bright Grey and Scottish Provident, the UK protection businesses of the Royal London Group, have announced their intention to launch enhanced income protection products by the end of October 2013.

05 Sep 2013

 

AXA UK appoints Chief Financial Officer

Protection

AXA UK appoints Chief Financial Officer

AXA UK has today announced that Bertrand Poupart-Lafarge has become the UK Group's Chief Financial Officer. He takes over from Jean Drouffe who will shortly take up a leadership position in AXA France

05 Sep 2013

Three-year high for prices drives residential investment

Savings & Investments

Three-year high for prices drives residential investment

Growth in the housing market with price rises at a three-year high is boosting demand for investment in the UK residential property market, says Castle Trust, the housing investment and equity loans provider.

05 Sep 2013

Number of FTBs overtakes 2007 after busy August

Mortgages

Number of FTBs overtakes 2007 after busy August

The number of first-time buyers in August 2013 outpaced those recorded in August 2007, according to chartered surveyors Connells Survey & Valuation.

05 Sep 2013

Funding for SMEs

Duncan Kreeger - West One Loans

Funding for SMEs

By most measures, the economy is back on its feet. Consumer sentiment is at a three year high, the proportion of firms expecting redundancies has dropped significantly, and GDP growth has been revised up to an annualised rate of 2.8%.

05 Sep 2013

Regulator to speak at ASTL conference

Regulator to speak at ASTL conference

A representative of the FCA is to speak at the Association of Short Term Lenders’ annual conference taking place on Thursday 10th October.

04 Sep 2013

L&G announce exclusive product with Leeds BS

Mortgages

L&G announce exclusive product with Leeds BS

Today Legal & General Mortgage Club announces another exclusive with Leeds Building Society.

04 Sep 2013

Source insurance integrates RICS tool on platform

Protection

Source insurance integrates RICS tool on platform

Source insurance has further enhanced its GI sourcing platform, following the integration of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors' online tool for accurately calculating the rebuild cost of every property in the UK.

04 Sep 2013

Millions rely on inheritance to fund retirement, says NFU Mutual

Retirement

Millions rely on inheritance to fund retirement, says NFU Mutual

Millions of Britons are relying on inheritance to fund their retirement but haven't clocked how the cost of their parent's care will eat into their legacies, according to insurance, pensions and investments provider, NFU Mutual.

04 Sep 2013

borro provides personal touch for broker partners

borro provides personal touch for broker partners

borro, the UK’s leading personal asset lender, has launched a new Concierge Service for clients of intermediaries, as part of a series of enhancements to its award winning service to be announced in the coming weeks.

04 Sep 2013

N&P mortgage applications at highest rate for five years

Mortgages

N&P mortgage applications at highest rate for five years

Norwich & Peterborough Building Society has seen a surge in mortgage applications in recent weeks, with the number of applications last month the highest received by the Society since 2008.

03 Sep 2013

Stonebridge Group shows strong increase in mortgage completions

Mortgages

Stonebridge Group shows strong increase in mortgage completions

Stonebridge Mortgage Solutions, the directly authorised arm of Stonebridge Group, has today revealed a strong increase in the value and number of monthly completion cases for July.

03 Sep 2013

Metro Bank reduces rates on resi and BTL ranges

Mortgages

Metro Bank reduces rates on resi and BTL ranges

Metro Bank has today announced a reduction of its mortgage rates across its residential and Buy to Let mortgage range.

03 Sep 2013

Strong start for Broker Conveyancing's second year

Legal

Strong start for Broker Conveyancing's second year

Broker Conveyancing, the broker-focused conveyancing distributor, has today revealed a strong start to its second year of trading with instruction levels increasing and broker user numbers on the rise.

03 Sep 2013

Clydesdale & Yorkshire Banks launch fee free mortgages

Mortgages

Clydesdale & Yorkshire Banks launch fee free mortgages

Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banks are giving both homebuyers and homeowners a boost by launching a range of ‘fee free' mortgages offers.

03 Sep 2013

New lender reports positive response from brokers

Mortgages

New lender reports positive response from brokers

Magellan Homeloans, which is trialling a new proposition aimed at borrowers with heavy adverse credit records, says it has received significant interest from brokers since its launch on 5th August.

03 Sep 2013

Nationwide launches its lowest ever fixed rate

Mortgages

Nationwide launches its lowest ever fixed rate

From Tuesday 3 September 2013, Nationwide is reducing all two-year fixed rates available up to 70 per cent LTV by 0.10 per cent - the Society's lowest ever fixed rate deal.

02 Sep 2013

Personal Touch partners with Market Harborough BS

Mortgages

Personal Touch partners with Market Harborough BS

Personal Touch has announced the appointment of the Market Harborough Building Society to its mortgage panel.

02 Sep 2013

Bridgewater reveal next adviser workshop date

Retirement

Bridgewater reveal next adviser workshop date

Following on from the success of its first event in May, Bridgewater Equity Release has today announced its next roundtable adviser workshop is to be held on the 3rd December in Gloucester.

02 Sep 2013

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