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Fringe benefits

It was a big week for PR agency Lansons. Not content with announcing the promotion of Louise Bullock to the board as associate director at the start of last week, it then hosted a few drinks for its clients and favourite journalists, where the theme was DJ-ing in a night called Stick It On.

Willing Judge Jules wannabes were given their 15 minutes of fame on the decks, with the outstanding DJ being Lansons’ Charlotte Edgar, aka DJ Fringe, who wowed the crowd with, among others, current floor-filler and MM favourite Put Your Hands Up (For Detroit).


Family matter

My father-in-law is nearly 80 and has never, lucky man, had a mortgage in his life. He even struggled with the idea of borrowing to buy property for his engineering business so you can imagine his surprise or even shock when he got a cold call last week trying to sell him a sub-prime loan.

FSA sends out lifetime mortgage warning letter

The FSA has sent a letter to firms carrying out low levels of lifetime mortgage business warning they must ensure they have relevant skills and systems in place to deal with the product.The regulator says the letter, sent by retail themes division director Vernon Everitt, comes on the back of mystery shopping research and thematic […]

Relief confirmed on employer payments

HM Revenue & Customs has confirmed that employers’ pension contributions qualify as a normal business expense, meaning the majority will qualify for tax relief.Its latest guidance governs when employers receive tax relief on contributions to registered pension schemes.Under A-Day rules, HMRC said employer pension contributions would only receive corporation tax relief if they were “wholly […]

Hornbuckle Mitchell calls for support for ASP petition

Hornbuckle Mitchell is calling on advisers and their clients to sign up to a Downing Street petition calling on the Prime Minister to abolish the 70 per cent ‘unauthorised payments’ tax on pension assets passed to heirs from an Alternatively Secured Pension.

In search of value? Banks and the sectors leading Europe’s recovery

By Rob Burnett, head of European equities, Neptune  After nine years of underperformance versus quality growth, Rob Burnett, manager of the Neptune European Opportunities Fund, believes that value strategies have reached an inflection point. Watch Rob discuss why he believes value is well positioned to resume its historical trend of outperformance. Click here to watch […]


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