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Scottish Provident

This year&#39s winner was Scottish Provident who also enjoyed success in the Best Life Protection Provider and Company of the Year category. ScotProv head of marketing David Robinson is delighted. He says: &#34We are regarded by IFAs as the most innovative provider in the market and that really is at the heart of what we do.&#34
Taking the gong for second place was Norwich Union. Norwich Union Healthcare managing director Mike Siomiak: &#34We have earned our success through product innovation, and through the high priority we give to maintaining strong and constructive relationships with intermediaries. We have consistently led the way with new types of health insurance plans designed to stimulate the market and meet customers&#39 changing needs. This remains our highest priority, and our work on exciting new products continues.”
Clinching third was Friends Provident which believes it recognition by the judges rests in part because of its client services track record plus its sales support commitment. Friends communications manager Jim Murdoch says: &#34Our claims service is as good as anyone in the business. We are proud that claims are paid without any hassle and of our ongoing dialogue with IFAs and clients.&#34


MBO for ME and Interdependence

Networks M&E and Interdependence have been bought in a management buyoutdeal for 17m.The MBO, from underwriter Greatminster Group, was led by chief executiveSimon Hudson who founded M&E in 1992. Fund manager Murray Johnstone&#39s Leedsoffice contributed 7.25m to the 17m total, making it the major shareholder.Hudson will be joined on the new board by chairman Barry […]

Beware pitfalls of sub-letting a domain name

In his letter to Money Marketing, Andrew Fletcher refers to the “new”domain name suffixes, and which are now available.These are not new, top-level domains. They are second-level domains ownedby a private company and have in fact been available for ages. Theofficial domain registered with the naming committee is, etc.The domain names […]

CML calls for full range of advice on mortgages

The Council of Mortgage Lenders wants the FSA to ensure advisers providefull information on all aspects of mort-gage products and not just comparethem with Cat-standard mortgages.CML director general Michael Coogan says the FSA will have to decide onits preferred option for mortgage advice in the coming months as it isgiven the authority to regulate mortgage […]

Halifax to patent internet bank products

Halifax is planning to patent the account design and software for its new internet bank, Intelligent Finance.The bank claims its ideas are so exciting that it needs a patent to protect others from mimicking them.It will not release the revolutionary features until its inception in July, however, industry commentators are sceptical says the Financial Times […]


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