Thistle Finance has signed up with Mortgage Advice Bureau to provide specialist lending in Scotland and Northern Ireland.
The packager will operate as an additional option for MAB brokers alongside Brightstar.
Thistle’s two co-founders are Mark Dyason, managing director of Edinburgh Mortgage Advice, and Nathan Ellis-Calcott, who has worked within specialist lending for over 15 years at companies including Brightstar, Link Lending and The Loans Engine. Ellis-Calcott will be director of sales and Dyason, managing director.
Mark Dyason, managing director, Thistle Finance, said: “For some time now, the Scotland and Northern Ireland markets have been underserved, both locally and by packagers in the south.
“It’s this huge gap in the market that we have set out to fill. We are clearly thrilled that a company of the calibre of the Mortgage Advice Bureau has already opted to use Thistle for specialist lending in these regions, and we relish the chance to serve its brokers as efficiently and professionally as we can.
“There’s a feeling among brokers that packaging has become glossy and a bit complacent, so our goal is to bring back some old-fashioned values and return it to its roots.”
Peter Brodnicki, chief executive, Mortgage Advice Bureau, added: “Thistle may be new to market but the team has already demonstrated their commitment to the specialist lending sector.
“We have every confidence that they will add value for our brokers serving Scotland and Northern Ireland. We’re looking forward to the months, and hopefully years, ahead.”
The new packager will initially be funded and supported by term broker, Edinburgh Mortgage Advice.