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What’s my line?

Last week’s Paradigm Partners launch party kicked off in full swing with the black tie do inviting all male guests to wear a red tie to mark the new brand’s colours.

Held at the Dorchester and MC’d by the first to leave I’m a Celebrity, TV personality Toby Anstis, the night was awash with Champagne, a stunning buffet and a TV chat show-style launch presentation between Anstis and founder Paul Hogarth.

Although the evening’s highlights were supposed to be comedian Frank Carson and disco diva Jocelyne Brown, it was actually when Hogarth fluffed one of his lines and told the room that “One of the great things that Bankhall is going to bring ” Whoops. If there has been a better faux pas, we’d love to hear it.


ScotWids reports 24 per cent growth in pensions new business

Scottish Widows reported a 24 per cent rise in life, pensions and Oeics business from £7.8bn in 2005 to £9.7bn in 2006 on a present value of new business premiums basis. Overall profit before tax increased by 11 per cent from £725m in 2005 to £973m in 2006.Life, pensions and Oeics new business profit increased […]

Product matters

Hot on the heels of Liverpool Victoria’s launch of its straight-through processing system for its Mimi flexible protection plan comes the latest initiative.Healthy Steps is an online heath assessment and advice service free to all new policyholders. The results are confidential and will not affect the underwriting or premiums of any policy with Liverpool Victoria. […]

Rights issues

With changes hanging over protected rights benefits for pensions , what can be done to help clients??

Barclays sees huge rise in lending as profits soar

Barclays witnessed a massive jump in mortgage lending last year to make up for a disappointing 2005.Gross advances at the lender, whose mortgage business is run under the Woolwich brand, were 60 per cent higher at £18.4bn than the £11.5bn in 2005, with a market share of 5 per cent, up from the previous year’s […]


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