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M&G&#39s Isa women are on top of the world

Two British women explorers have walked their way into the record books as part of the first all-female expedition to reach both geographic poles on foot.

They reached the North Pole on Sunday as part of the M&G Isa Expedition which set off on March 12 from Canada after reaching the South Pole in January 2000.

Single mother Caroline Hamilton and former banker Ann Daniels fought off frostbite, three storms, a constantly moving icepack and the repatriation of a team member due to frostbite to complete their 413-nautical-mile trek to the North Pole on Sunday.

Both celebrated by singing the national anthem as their achievement coincided with the Queen&#39s golden jubilee.

Speaking from the North Pole, Daniels said: “It was excruciating and there were times when it was difficult to put one foot in front of the other but with one goal in mind and pure determination we were able to succeed.”


IFA firm again sponsors

Brentford FC West London-based IFA G Buckingham & Company has renewed its sponsorship agreement with Brentford Football Club. For the 16th consecutive year, the firm will sponsor the team&#39s fixture cards, which are distributed to hotels, tourist attractions, pubs and newsagents in and around West London.

102% tracker mortgage for new graduates from Widows Bank

Scottish Widows Bank is introducing a graduate mortgage which should help IFAs develop a new client base.The loan offers up to 100 per cent of property value plus a further 2 per cent to cover buying costs, including stamp duty and legal fees.Parents can guarantee the loan so graduates are able to increase the amount […]

FSA logo to be &#39badge of legitimacy&#39

IFAs will be able to use the FSA&#39s insignia in their marketing literature as a way of demonstrating their authorised status if proposals in its latest consultation paper are implemented.Consultation paper 138, Disclosure of Status under the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 and Use of the FSA Logo, proposes to determine how authorised firms […]

Scottish Mutual chief executive steps down

Scottish Mutual chief executive Graham Pottinger is leaving the Abbey National group at the end of June. His departure follows a restructuring of the Abbey’s long term savings businesses. The businesses are being brought in to one division which will be headed up by Mac Millington who was formerly managing director of its business to […]

How do you choose the best online service?

By Ross Jackson, senior marketing manager There are many different protection online services available in the market and no doubt you’ll have used a few when submitting protection business. But why should you have to put up with slow, unresponsive sites for your business when you’re used to dealing with slick, modern user experiences in your […]


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