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Consolidation is on the cards

2007 could prove to be the year of consolidation,

The industry will wait to see whether Capita and Vertex can fulfil their ambitious plans for true straight-through-processing.

After their 2006 acquisitions, the two firms will start working towards consolidating the systems of the underlying businesses.

This is a mammoth job but, once achieved, should provide IFAs with a simple system with one set of data entry, one set of log-ins and one interface.

Technology buffs everywhere will wait to see who makes a bid for Vertex, after United Utilities made it very clear in 2006 that Vertex was not a priority to its business.

With several other outsourcing companies and venture capitalists reputedly in the frame, it looks like this acquisition might be a slow-burner.

The mortgage players in the tech world are expected to make a bigger impact this year, with Trigold recently buying Dashboard and Mortgage Brain acquiring CDS-owned The Key.

This, in addition to Origo mortgage standards kicking in, should prompt widespread improvements in efficiency in the mortgage market.

Assureweb is starting the new year with a new brand identity in a bid to differentiate itself further from its previous part-owner Sesame and redefine itself with a new, modern look.


Standard sets wrap mark

When the results of the 2006 e-Excellence study were published in May for the second year in a row, we were not able to award an eee rating to any wrap provider. Two providers, Standard Life and Lifetime, did however manage to achieve the next best thing – an ee+ rating.

Dripping yarns

Public interest in equities is back and regular savings could be the best plan

British Insurance and Moneyquest in link-up

British Insurance is teaming up with Moneyquest to set up a specialist income protection brokerage service which will launch on February 1.British Insurance invested 500,000 last year to buy internet domain name and will be rolling out the IP broker service through this website.Lifesearch and Torquil Clark Life Insurance were the two other main […]

Mezzanine at core of VCT offer

Core Capital has introduced a double VCT offering to invest in later stage small and medium-sized unquoted UK companies using a mezzanine investment approach.

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Auto-enrolment — don’t leave it too late…

With auto-enrolment (AE) well under way for the UK’s largest businesses, over the next three years an additional 800,000 smaller employers (with less than 60 employees) will start their journey to comply with the legislation. AE mandates all eligible employees and their respective employers to make regular pension contributions into a qualifying pension scheme. To learn more about the legislation read our brief Jelf AEase — simple steps to AE compliance guide.


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