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“Yes, it certainly would be missed. Because of the amalgamation of all the other names into Abbey, it would be the end of an era.”

Peter Wray, Polygon Financial

“Yes. Some groups are getting far too big and are therefore taking away the diversity of the industry.”

Bill Muncie, Acorn Financial Services (Central)

“Yes. It has been around for a long time and it is easy for clients to identify with.”

Allan Coll, Coll Independent Advisers

“Yes. The brand is well known by the public and this makes it easier for the clients who deal with it.”

Bill Black, Bill Black Financial Services

“Yes but we could place work elsewhere. The public are showing some concern but it would not make much of a difference to them.”

David Bell, Hadrian Financial Services

“Yes. It has been a major high-street brand for a long time. People are familiar with it and it is recognised by clients when a recommendation is made.”

Stephen Carss, The Oakhill Partnership

“No. It would be missed in the short term but not in the long term. This has been the case with other institutions which have bitten the dust over the past years.”

Chris White, Chris White Financial Services

“No. Names come and go all the time. I do not think it will affect the industry whatsoever.”

Mark Walker, North Riding Financial Services

Yes 75%

No 25%


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Tiner hits out over legal challenge

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Bristol & West Mortgages – 5.75% Self Cert Discounted Rate

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