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30 NatWest staff join Dunbar franchise

Allied Dunbar franchisee Taylor Harkin Group has poached 30 financial advisers from NatWest Bank.

The group, set up by two ex-NatWest directors in April, joined Dunbar&#39s Franchisee Network last week.

Thirty-two of THG&#39s 40 staff come from NatWest, including all nine members of the management board.

Its two founders, Greg Harkin and Neil Taylor, were regional directors for regulated sales at NatWest and had both been with the firm for more than 20 years.

The new company has offices in Sheffield, York, London and through the North-east but hopes to expand across the UK by the end of the year.

Taylor says: “Franchising is the place to be. We want to grow our firm within a business to business environment that supports us properly through brand strength and IT support, ensuring we are kept up to date.”


Select Partnership launches four new products

Mortgage packager The Select Partnership is launching four new products to add to its stable. The Diamond One has a fixed rate of 6.79 per cent until June 2002. It has a loan to value up to a maximum of 95 per cent. The Diamond Two offers a 1.75 per cent discount until June 2001, […]

ScotProvbusiness up 27%

Scottish Provident says demand for mortgage protection products led to a 27 per cent rise in new protection business in the first half of 2000.New business totalled £28.5m in the six months to June 30 compared with £22.7m in the same period last year.The life office says mortgage protection was its most successful sector, up […]

Abbey to outsource mortage processing

Abbey National is working on plans to outsource the running of its mortgage processing, credit card and general insurance operations in a bid to slash costs by up to £150m a year. It is understand the high street bank is in talks with EDS, the American computer specialist, about taking over its mortgage processing system. […]


At the start of August, the FSA published a consultation paper number 61 on The Regulation of Stakeholder Pensions. At the same time, it issued a press release which included this key point – when there is an advised recommendation to buy a traditional pension (including one linked to a group personal pension), the suitability […]

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Absence management systems gone AWOL from UK’s SMEs, reports Jelf

A quarter (23 per cent)* of the UK’s small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) do not have an absence management system in place, according to new research from Jelf Employee Benefits. Despite 69 per cent* of organisations having a system in place, three-quarters (75 per cent) report that it is not providing them with sufficiently empowering absence or health data to inform an effective wellbeing programme.


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