Clegg Gifford launches ‘text-for-a-quote’

Amanda Jarvis

January 30, 2006

Clegg Gifford, an associate company to Clegg Gifford & Co, Lloyd’s Brokers and Tradex Insurance Company Ltd, is looking to capitalise on technological advancements with the launch.

‘Text-for-a-quote’ is being launched at the same time as an interactive mortgage quote window based at the company’s Docklands offices as well as webcam mortgages; all UK firsts within the mortgage marketplace.

Borne out of a mix of consumer demand coupled with a need for faster response rates and in-house research relating to online and mobile phone usage these additional mortgage products comprise the following:-

‘Text-for-a-quote’ mortgage calculator
To receive an instant mortgage calculation on your mobile, text Clegg Gifford with the amount you wish to borrow (eg MTG 250000) to telephone number 60060. You will then receive an instant reply based on a 25-year term at the lowest prevailing tracker rate on the day in question, with a call-back option for a full quote. Text messages cost 50 pence plus normal network charges.

Interactive Window
Clegg Gifford offers passers-by to their Docklands offices the opportunity to access mortage and insurance-related information directly from a touch-sensitive window. Quick mortgage quotes are accessible from the mortgage calculator.

Webcam Mortgages
Immediate online interviews with qualified mortgage advisors are available via a webcam by appointment only.

Paul Welch, managing director at Clegg Gifford, said:

“Clegg Gifford Private Clients is delighted to be launching three bespoke products to our existing and potential client base. The rationale behind the launch is mainly based on logic, consumer preference and an awareness that many individuals who seek mortgages will be at work during the day and perhaps surfing online in the evenings (and possibly at work too!).

“Time is more of a precious commodity today than ever and turnaround time even more so. Customers want more than just sales patter and a branded package: service and delivery is all, particularly as both the on and offline mortgage marketplace become evermore crowded. At Clegg Gifford we pride ourselves on promise and delivery and hope that this launch will add direct value to our overall offering, over time,” he added.

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