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Vince Cable to speak at ASTL

Vince Cable, the former secretary of state for business, innovation and skills and member of parliament for Twickenham will be speaking at the Association of Short Term Lender’s annual conference this year.

Free credit scoring software launches

ClearScore, a service giving consumers completely free access to their credit report and credit score, begins beta testing today and will be available to the UK public later this month.

Ipswitch appoints Elcock NED

Ipswich Building Society has appointed Peter Elcock as non-executive director to bring increased specialism to the board in capital and liquidity risk management.

 


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Free credit scoring software launches

ClearScore, a service giving consumers completely free access to their credit report and credit score, begins beta testing today and will be available to the UK public later this month.

Ipswitch appoints Elcock NED

Ipswich Building Society has appointed Peter Elcock as non-executive director to bring increased specialism to the board in capital and liquidity risk management.

Vince Cable to speak at ASTL

Vince Cable, the former secretary of state for business, innovation and skills and member of parliament for Twickenham will be speaking at the Association of Short Term Lender’s annual conference this year.

TSB cuts rates 0.1pc

TSB has cut rates by 0.1% across its range of mortgages available to existing customers.

Shawbrook Bank Academy partners with SimplyBiz

July sees the launch of a series of Shawbrook Academies, designed specifically for its existing Secured Lending Broker Partners.

The Source run and work for charity

Source Insurance have put together a team from their workforce to run the Cardiff 10k in September.

Affordable home sales up in Q1

There were 4,286 affordable home ownership completions in the first quarter of the year, bringing the total completions for 2014/15 to 10,565.

Sesame Bankhall Group committed to brokers

Sesame Bankhall Group today committed itself to the development of its appointed representative network and PMS mortgage club at its inaugural national mortgage conference at The Hilton at St. George’s Park, Burton upon Trent.

Keystone launches New Classic Range with Landbay

Keystone Buy to Let Mortgages has launched its New Classic Range with funding from peer-to-peer lending platform Landbay.

Brilliant Solutions adds Fleet to panel

Brilliant Solutions has added Fleet Mortgages to its panel.

Funding Circle boosts business for introducers

Funding Circle has launched a new application for registered introducers that allows them to receive an indicative quote for their clients without leaving a credit footprint.

Coventry switches to free numbers

Coventry for Intermediaries has changed its phone numbers to 0800 numbers for both consumers and brokers.

Leeds restructures team

Leeds has finished restructuring its team with the appointments of two national intermediary development managers - Karen Bowman for the North and Mark Collar for the South.

TFC partners with Foundation Home Loans

TFC Home Loans has added Foundation Home Loans to its panel of buy-to-let lenders.

Kent partners with SimplyBiz

SimplyBiz Mortgages members can now access Kent Reliance products after the two partnered up.

Halifax cuts rates 0.5pc

Halifax has reduced mortgage rates across its 0-95% loan-to-value 2-year fixed first-time buyer and home mover products by 0.50%.

Nationwide cuts mortgage rates

Nationwide has cut selected 5-year fixed rate mortgage deals by up to 0.15% for existing Nationwide mortgage customers looking for a new deal from today.

Capita buys Vertex

Capita has acquired Vertex Mortgage Services for £35m on a cash free, debt free basis subject to approval by the Financial Conduct Authority.

Capita buys Vertex

Capita has acquired Vertex Mortgage Services for £35m on a cash free, debt free basis subject to approval by the Financial Conduct Authority.

Planning permissions top 2008 levels

The numbers of homes granted planning permission are now higher than before the 2008 economic crash, latest figures show.

Skipton launches rates from 1.46pc

Skipton Building Society is launching a new range of two and 5-year fixed rate residential mortgages tomorrow.

LV to hold CPD protection seminars

Protection specialist LV= is hosting seven income protection seminars for advisers who want to look at how they can boost their income protection sales.

UK growth revised up

The quarterly rise in GDP in Q1 has been revised up from 0.3% to 0.4% and growth for 2014 as a whole has been revised up from 2.8% to 3%, figures from the Office for National Statistics show.

Barclays loosens LTI criteria

Barclays will now lend up to five times income for those looking to borrow more than £200,000 following a review of the bank's lending policy.

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Buy-To-Let

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Keystone launches New Classic Range with Landbay

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Keystone Buy to Let Mortgages has launched its New Classic Range with funding from peer-to-peer lending platform Landbay.

Buy-to-let outpacing residential growth

Analysis from Equifax Touchstone shows that buy-to-let lending in Q1 2015 grew by nearly 20% year-on-year, outpacing residential lending which was up by 1.6%.

Keystone’s buy-to-let contract with Aldermore ends

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Keystone’s funding contract with Aldermore Bank has ended after a three years, originating close to £200m in loans.

Landlords predict rent rises to tail off

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UK landlords expect annual rent growth to slow to 1.7% by next year, down from 3.7% currently.


Bridging and Commercial

Apex Bridging joins ASTL

The Association of Short Term Lenders has been joined by another new member, Apex Bridging. This takes the ASTL’s membership to thirty, hitting its target of thirty full members, a target set two years ago when the ASTL had just 22 members.

NACFB announces Expo attendees

With less than one month to go until the NACFB’s sixth Commercial Finance Expo on 17 June, the NACFB has announced the presence of some big and influential names.

Exclusive: Kensington targets the self employed

Kensington Mortgages is launching a mortgage for self-employed customers with affordability taking into consideration a company director’s share of net profits in addition to their salary.

TFC and Lancashire complete 3 day bridge

TFC Homeloans and Lancashire Mortgage Corporation joined forces last month to ensure a client did not lose an auction property, by arranging bridging finance in just three days.


Equity Release

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SPECIAL FEATURE: The path to a good life

Stuart Wilson, marketing director at more 2 life, says more people will come to realise that their home can provide a significant boost to their retirement finances.

Home should be part of retirement mix

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Three quarters of advisers think that more retirees should consider their property as part of their asset mix when looking at funding their retirement.

more 2 life enhances choice

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more 2 life is expanding choice and flexibility for equity release customers and advisers with the Tailored Choice Plan providing personalised plans and rates.

Pure cuts drawdown rates

Pure Retirement has reduced the interest rate on the ‘Pure Drawdown Plan’ has been reduced by 0.43% to 6.59% monthly (6.79% annual).


Protection

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Paradigm Protect teams up with ActiveQuote

Paradigm Protect has formed a new introducer relationship with health insurance advice specialists, ActiveQuote.

MoneySuperMarket renews contract with LifeSearch

Leading comparison website MoneySuperMarket has renewed its long term contract with protection intermediary LifeSearch to provide independent protection advice to its customers.

Bipolar sufferer to benefit from 7 Familes campaign

According to Bipolar UK 1% to 2% of the population experience a lifetime prevalence of bipolar and recent research suggests as many as 5% of us are on the bipolar spectrum.

Aegon: Promote claims stats better

Aegon UK wants the protection industry to boost consumer trust and confidence by better promoting claims statistics after research found 77% of consumers weren’t aware of the current strong rate of payouts for protection policies.


Industry

Christian Faes Blog

Buying business premises

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Did your business begin at the kitchen table? Have you outgrown the spare room or shared office space?

Free credit scoring software launches

ClearScore, a service giving consumers completely free access to their credit report and credit score, begins beta testing today and will be available to the UK public later this month.

Help! Get these hazards out of my home

Does your toaster fail to pop up? Do you have a kettle that won't boil? Or does your vacuum leave more dust than it picks up?

Vince Cable to speak at ASTL

Vince Cable, the former secretary of state for business, innovation and skills and member of parliament for Twickenham will be speaking at the Association of Short Term Lender’s annual conference this year.