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Barnsley Building Society signs partnership deal with Zurich

Zurich Financial Services has announced its fifth partnership link with a building society, with South Yorkshire-based Barnsley Building Society to offer its products.

The insurer says the move reaffirms its commitment to providing face to face advice with the public through the bank and building society market.

Zurich distribution marketing director Ian McLaughlin says: “The Barnsley is our fifth building society and bank tie, and is important to us. This market sector contributes profitable business and gives us a brand presence on the High Street, with over 200 branches throughout the UK from the five link-ups.”


Clerical Medical back for good

Clerical Medical has returned to the commission-based group pension market after an absence of almost two and a half years because its systems could not cope with the amount of business it was attracting. The company is now set to woo IFAs with new features on its group pensions such as online fund valuations for […]

B&B IFA profits plummet

Bradford & Bingley&#39s preliminary results for the year ending December 31 show a 63 per cent drop in profits in its IFA division plummeting to £10.4m from £28m in 2002. Revenues of B&B&#39s IFA division – including Charcol, Charcol Holden Meehan, Charcol Aitchison & Colegrave and The MarketPlace – fell by 6 per cent to […]

Child trust fund is poised for major extension

The Government is believed to be preparing to expand the child trust fund to include an extra nine million children. It is believed that the Inland Revenue has been consulting with the financial services industry over the viability of offering the fund to all children under 16 as a result of pressure from the Treasury […]

Life offices look for more incentives

Product providers have given their approval of the plans to encourage staff to join occupational pension schemes but several life offices are calling for the DWP to do more now to encourage saving. Scottish Widows says it is disappointed there is nothing from the DWP that deals with the issue of the disincentive to save […]


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