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Valentine’s Day…

Valentine’s Day was only a short while ago but has that prompted Standard Life to branch out into dating services? According to another well known pink paper, Julie Hutchinson (sic) has moved into a role as a “date planning specialist”.

Well, Julie (HutchISon), if your talent in the world of dating is on a par with the expertise you have in tax law and estate planning, we have all got plenty of single friends looking for love who might give you a call.


Tories call for cross-party funding pact

The Conservatives have called for urgent talks with the Government in the aftermath of the High Court ruling to agree ways of providing extra funding for victims.Tackling Tony Blair on the issue at Prime Minister’s questions, Tory leader David Cameron refused to commit the Conservatives to extra state funding to help the pension victims.But he […]

Cobalt buys up Square Mile Finance

The deal marks the latest chapter in Cobalt’s growth and it is likely to continue on the acquisition trail. Last November, it became one of the founding members of broker alliance Concordia.The Square Mile name will continue as a brand and its day-to-day running is unchanged.Cobalt managing partner Julian Ingall says: “It has been no […]

Hartford bridges annuity and drawdown divide

Hartford Life claims to be the first provider in the UK market to have successfully bridged the void between annuities and income drawdown with a product which pays out a minimum guarantee for life.The product, called Hart-ford Platinum, covers accumulation and post-retirement, giving clients access to 85 investment funds.Clients can opt for the guaranteed retirement […]

Britannia buoyant after lending leap in 2006

Britannia Building Society has seen mortgage lending beat average market growth levels, while profits were also up.The lender saw gross mortgage lending up 22 per cent to £8.4bn in 2006, with profits up from £120.5m in 2005 to £130.4m.The society says its intermediary lender Platform improved its product range and saw enhancements over the year […]


White paper — Dubai International Insights

Jelf Employee Benefits discusses the legislative changes in Dubai, available medical facilities and policy considerations for employers with expatriate workforces in the country. This edition will be of particular interest to global human resource directors, compensation and benefits specialists and mobility managers who have employee populations in Dubai, or are considering operating there in the near future.


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