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Hat-trick for Money Marketing at ABI awards

Money Marketing scored another hat-trick at the 10th annual Association of British insurers’ awards ceremony last Wednesday evening.

MM was voted best financial trade publication, reporter Andrea Tryphonides was named best life insur- ance trade journalist of the year and editor John Lappin picked up an award for excellence in financial trade journalism.

At April’s Headline Money awards, MM won its third consecutive prize for trade media team of the year, deputy editor John Greenwood was named trade media journalist of the year and Tryphonides won the award for trade media rising star.

The ABI ceremony last week was hosted by Private Eye editor Ian Hislop and was held at London’s InterContinental Hotel before an audience of 450 industry representatives. The Sunday Times’ William Kay won the award for lifetime achievement in financial journalism while the 10th anniversary was marked by a prize for consumer champion to Jessica Gorst Williams.


Specialist Mortgage Funding relaunches with new identity

Specialist Mortgage Funding Ltd, the mortgage packager is relaunching as SMF, together with a new logo and corporate identity.The Chester based packager offers exclusive products from a panel of lenders for products such as self-cert, right to buy, buy to let and adverse.Managing director Philip Burke says: “By rebranding we can demonstrate our investment and […]

Standard Health buys First Assist

Standard Life Healthcare has bought the private medical insurance business of First Assist Insurance Services.

NAPF wants independent body

The National Association of Pension Funds is calling for a new independent standing commission to report to the Government on the impact of economic, demographic and social changes on Britains pensions system, and to advise ministers on the measures necessary to maintain the UK pension system in the long term.

Midshires is shutting down on the high street

Birmingham Midshires is scrapping its high-street branches in a phased programme to be completed by next March. The company will close 48 of its 67 branches while the remaining 19 will become Halifax-branded. Customers will be given the option of banking at their nearest Halifax branch. Those still wanting branch access may use any of […]

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Preparing for the changes to the pensions market

As more and more providers start to reveal their stance on the charge cap and removal of commission and active member discount pricing, we thought it would be worthwhile to look at what these are, and the steps businesses should be taking to prepare for this.


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