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Mortgages Direct receives its MTA letter

Mortgages Direct, the independent mortgage broker, has received its minded to approve letter from the FSA. Mortgages Direct director Peter Gladdy says: “We&#39re very pleased to have received our MTA letter. It is a testament to the significant amount of time and money which Mortgages Direct has invested in compliance since the announcement of the pending FSA regulations.”

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Global benefits predictions for 2015 from Jelf International

According to Doug Rice, managing director of international services, in 2015, managing their international duty of care will become an increasing focus for UK-based overseas organisations in both managing their short- and longer-term challenges. As a result, strong independent advice and innovative technological solutions will become more important than ever in managing their global benefits.

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