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Room with a phew

Room for Improvement? The Diary hopes this is no longer the case for MM columnist Keith Popplewell who let builder Dave and designer Angus into his house last week to convert his utility area.

Keith seems to have acquired the taste for fame – readers may remember him from such shows as The Big Breakfast where he won family of the week. But the technical guru is adamant that his appearance was not part of a quest for the limelight.


Skipton takes long view

Type: Flexible fixed-rate mortgage with discount Discounted term: Until March 31, 2005 Discount: 0.25% Payable rate: 5.99% Fixed term: Until March 31, 2014 Fixed rate: 6.24% Minimum loan: £5,000 Maximum loan: Up to 95% of valuation subject to a maximum of£200,000, up to 90% of valuation subject to a maximum of £300,000, up to 85% […]


“Yes, I think if groups of IFAs joining together like this gives advisers more strength to take on the FSA then it is a good thing. At the minute, I get the feeling that most IFAs are going to have to join really large groups or stay as small niche businesses.”Wesley Haslett,Andrews Insurance Life & […]

Falcon seeks funding to expand

IFA network Falcon Group is seeking capital to expand its IFA offerings and increase its presence in the marketplace and says under the right market conditions, it would seek a stockmarket listing. Chief executive Allan Rosengren says the firm is seeking additional funding to buy equity stakes in IFA firms and to launch an IFA […]

Platform launches new product range

Platform has added more products to its range, which now includes a bonus discount scheme on non conforming loans and widened criteria on remortgages. All non conforming cases received by 1st June 2004 will receive an extra 0.25 per cent for the discount term. Unlimited capital raising is now available for remortgaging for any purpose […]


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