Blogs

Tony Ward: Why we can’t afford to be complacent

Mon 10 Oct 2016

Tony Ward is chief executive of Clayton Euro Risk What’s not to like? The UK economy is doing well – much better than the horrendous predictions that certain economists made post-Brexit. Confidence has returned to British businesses as well as consumers with both reporting a jump in optimism about their prospects and the wider UK […]


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Brexit and asset finance – what next?

Tue 20 Sep 2016

Mark Sismey-Durrant is chief executive officer at Hampshire Trust Bank Following the result of the EU referendum, the UK along with the rest of the world has been focused on what happens next. While it remains too early to say what impact the UK leaving Europe will have, from our perspective, we have seen continued […]


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Changing market offers chance to build new partnerships

Thu 28 Jul 2016

“Uncertainty” has become the word of choice for many of us in the property market following the Brexit vote. But uncertainty creates opportunities. All lenders have had to take a sensible step back, to work out just what they are comfortable with in this new post-Brexit world. We know that some brokers will have had […]


NACFB: Avoiding the dead ends

Mon 20 Jun 2016

Adam Tyler, is CEO of the NACFB. The road outside our office has very recently been closed off at the end with a couple of concrete bollards. This is great news for NACFB staff, who can cross the road without looking up from their iPhones without being run over except by cyclists, but it’s bad […]


Bridging Introducer: Why short-term finance is outpacing the mainstream market

Mon 20 Jun 2016

According to recent figures from the Association of Short Term Lenders, the number of bridging loans written in the first quarter of 2016 continued to rise. This increase in bridging lending activity is the result of more investors opting to secure short-term loans to finance property deals, highlighting how this type of finance is continuing […]


Bridging Introducer: The Brexit effect

Mon 20 Jun 2016

Here we are again. Another fad word, made from two other words, that is being discussed in every office, every pub, every street corner and every football stadium (at least it should be given the amount of European players that would have to leave the premiership if we leave the EU) around the UK. At […]


Athletes borrow to support themselves and their businesses

Fri 17 Jun 2016

Claire Barrington-Jones is senior vice president – group sales at Borro A collection of Pele’s memorabilia raised £3.6m at a London auction last week, setting a world record for a football sale. A portion of the money raised was donated to one of Brazil’s largest Paediatric Hospital, however, Pele said the sale was primarily about […]


Nostalgia, history drive art and memorabilia markets

Thu 9 Jun 2016

Claire Barrington-Jones is senior vice president – group sales at Borro With the passing of Muhammad Ali last week there has been a renewed interest in his life and achievements. Inevitably, this interest will be reflected in the sports memorabilia market as buyers look to own part of a historic legacy. A study by Williams […]


Have recent Budget changes resulted in a paradigm shift?

Tue 7 Jun 2016

Over centuries many asset classes have come and gone, many investors have made their money and departed and trends in the investment market have peaked, troughed and disappeared. Property has been the most significant investment by the vast majority of people in the world for centuries but will we see a significant shift towards different […]


The benefits of seconds are plain to see

Mon 6 Jun 2016

The Mortgage Credit Directive (MCD), in place since 21 March this year, has opened up the second charge market leading to increased competitiveness, quicker turnaround times and greater protections for consumers. The new regulation which brought the regulation of seconds in line with firsts means that for brokers to remain independent they need to include […]