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Specialist Mortgage Funding relaunches with new identity

Specialist Mortgage Funding Ltd, the mortgage packager is relaunching as SMF, together with a new logo and corporate identity.

The Chester based packager offers exclusive products from a panel of lenders for products such as self-cert, right to buy, buy to let and adverse.

Managing director Philip Burke says: “By rebranding we can demonstrate our investment and commitment to the packaging industry.”

“Brokers are currently seeing increasing competition within a stagnating market where margins are contracting and consumers are increasingly footloose. We can help offset this by giving brokers more flexible options, very competitive rates and proc fees. We are looking to expand our broker network by 30 per cent over the next six months and increase business across our full range of services.”


Hitching a lift

Norwich Union head of public relations James Evans got some impromptu and rather unwelcome training in for a marathon he is about to run when checking into the Tower Thistle ahead of last week’s Money Marketing 20th anniversary bash. An unsympathetic receptionist told Evans that the lift was out of order and his room was […]

Luckraft won’t do the splits

Framlington fund manager George Luckraft says he will not split his successful equity income fund in two in the style of Fidelity’s special situations fund. Luckraft, who has been at Framlington for three years, is understood to have signed a deal tying him in until 2010 when Axa bought the fund boutique in August. Framlington […]

Equitable says no heads will roll after E&Y case collapses

Equitable Life says no executive heads will roll over the collapse of its lawsuit against former auditors Ernst & Young.The Society says the decision to sue was taken unanimously by the board and even with hindsight it stands by that decision.Equitable is continuing its 1.7bn claim against 15 former directors with chairman Vanni Treves saying […]

On to a loser with system

If I say that I handle complaints to the FOS for a number of IFAs, then your IFA readers will understand why it is always with a very profound sense of relief that I reflect that legal services in Scotland are not, as yet anyway, subject to the same surreal system. Where you have a […]


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