The growing popularity of remortgaging has taken the war between top
lenders into a new phase and influenced national media coverage in June,
claims media analyst PressWatch.
Its monthly analysis found the high profile of mortgages helped Nationwide
Building Society receive more mentions in the media than any other
financial services company.
Nationwide chief executive officer Brian Davis ended May by reiterating
his commitment to honesty and fairness to members.
Fidelity came second in the table, due mainly to its popularity with IFA
pundits in the media, while languishing at the bottom was beleaguered
Misys came second from bottom due to its decision to wind up its
business-to-consumer online service. It did get one piece of positive
coverage which referred specifically to the IFA side of its business.
In the life insurance sector, windfalls were a popular topic for the
press, with Friends Provident “stirring up the biggest frenzy” according to
Standard Life, Norwich Union and Legal & General maintained their lead in
pension coverage due to all three companies embracing stakeholder pensions.
Chase de Vere investment manager Anna Bowes emerged as the most frequently
quoted independent adviser while colleagues Simon Tyler, Ian Millward,
Janine Starkes and Justin Modray helped make Chase de Vere the most quoted
Presswatch marketing director Timothy Crane says: “Anna Bowes has
effectively made the top pundit label her own as the voice of the financial
services arena. Such luminaries as Jason Hollands and Mark Dampier are
struggling to keep apace.”
Life office Foresters UK has raised £85,000 to fund an inflatable
inshore lifeboat for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution. The 24ft
craft was officially dubbed the Millennium Forester last week at RNLI
It is the third boat Foresters has donated to the RNLI in an association
lasting longer than 30 years, during which the boats have saved 343 people.
The craft has a maximum speed of 32 knots, making her the fastest lifeboat
in the fleet.
Funds for the latest boat were raised in a series of events such as a car
giveaway and local fundraising by Forester's 34 branches.
Foresters head of marketing and communication Steve Dilworth says: “When I
started fundraising for Foresters, our members overwhelmingly decided to
support the RNLI and our pledge to purchase an Atlantic 75 lifeboat began
in 1996. This launch was the culmination of four years of fundraising by
our officers and members. We raised funds through raffles, golf days and
fairs. Our members are the people who have achieved this amazing result.”