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Mortgage Intelligence adds Saffron for Intermediaries to their lender panel

Saffron for Intermediaries, the dedicated intermediary channel of Saffron Building Society, is making its full range of mortgage products available via Mortgage Intelligence.

Anita Arch, Head of Mortgage Sales at Saffron, said: “We’re delighted to be joining Mortgage Intelligence’s lender panel and are looking forward to supporting their Appointed Representatives and Directly Authorised members over the coming months. Not only will their brokers have full access to our Special Situations, Everyday residential mortgages and buy-to-let deals, but they will also benefit from our personal approach to underwriting.”

Brokers can submit a DIP and a full mortgage application via Saffron’s website based mortgage portal. Members of Mortgage Intelligence network who require further information or help can contact Debby Tedder, Business Development Manager, on 01799 582925 or by sending an e-mail to: deborah.tedder@saffronbs.co.uk

Sally Laker, Managing Director at Mortgage Intelligence, said: “Saffron for Intermediaries not only has competitive residential deals for straightforward cases, but also products specifically designed for borrowers with special requirements such as the self-employed, contractors, self-builders and landlords wanting to buy property for refurbishment before being let out.

“I have no doubt that both our Network and Next Intelligence mortgage club members will welcome Saffron as a very useful addition to our lender panel.”

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NOTES TO EDITORS:

About Saffron Building Society

Saffron Building Society was established in 1849 by the Reverend John Marten, who was Minister of the Hill Street Baptist Church and Manager of the local gas company. From such humble beginnings the mutual Society has successfully grown to manage assets of over £1 billion.

Saffron Building Society is the largest regional building society serving the East of England, with 11 branches and 1 agency. The society has served the needs of the local community for over 165 years and is committed to doing so in the future.

A mutual organisation, Saffron Building Society is owned by its 90,000 members and exists solely for their benefit.

The Society employs more than 160 staff across East Anglia, who understand local customers’ needs and provide value for money products backed-up by a professional and reliable service.

Saffron for Intermediaries is the Society’s dedicated broker lending channel. Further information about the products and services available for brokers can be found at: www.saffronforintermediaries.co.uk

Editors’ notes:
To arrange interviews and find out more, please contact:
Sally Laker
Managing Director
Mortgage Intelligence Holdings
Tel: 01202 312955
Email: slaker@experiencemi.co.uk

Nadia Mahmud
Head of External Communications & Investor Relations
Mobile: 07721 439043
Email: press.office@countrywide.co.uk

About Mortgage Intelligence Holdings: Mortgage Intelligence Holdings was acquired by Countrywide in April 2011, the UK’s largest mortgage broker and property services Group. The following brands operate under Mortgage Intelligence Holdings.

Mortgage Intelligence and Mortgage Next: Established in 1996, Mortgage Intelligence, which merged with Mortgage Next in 2009, has become one of the UK’s leading mortgage networks. They offer award winning mortgage and insurance services to over 400 appointed representatives. Both networks focus on high quality of service and support offered to their intermediaries.

FYB Network: Mortgage Intelligence Holdings acquired Life and Easy trading as FYB Network in July 2012. FYB’s brand will join the Mortgage Intelligence and Mortgage Next brands under the umbrella of Mortgage Intelligence Holdings Ltd. They have over 50 advisers and offer both mortgages and insurance services. They were originally founded in 2004 and became a fully authorised network in May 2007.

Next Intelligence: Next Intelligence launched in April 2011 and brought together Mortgage Intelligence and Mortgage Next’s directly authorised clubs. They offer premium brokers services to over 5000 mortgage intermediaries including mortgages, general insurance and a new protection panel which was launched in September 2011.
For further information any of the above brands please visit www.experiencemi.co.uk.


Mortgage Intelligence launches new protection offering for advisers

Mortgage Intelligence network have today announced a revitalised and exciting new protection proposition, available to both Appointed Representatives and Directly Authorised members of their club Next Intelligence.

The new offering includes two brand new protection panel options: Whole of Market and PRIME. These new panels are designed to deliver not just competitive commission rates for advisers, but a host of comprehensive product options as well.

To ensure their new offering best fits the current market, the Network is excited to announce that these panels include a number of new specialist Income Protection Providers, plus some new entrants into the protection market.

Building on the launch of the new panels, Mortgage Intelligence has now also partnered with iPipeline to provide advisers with SolutionBuilder®. This intelligent quote-and-apply system compares protection needs easily, all within a simple and responsive interface. As part of a complete service, SolutionBuilder supports both single and multi-benefit products to help advisers identify the right solution for their client’s needs and budget.

Sally Laker, managing director of Mortgage Intelligence, was delighted to comment on the new offering: “A key part of our strategy for 2017 is making it easier for advisers to ensure their clients are suitably protected. We feel the introduction of our new protection panels alongside SolutionBuilder, will enable both Appointed Representatives and Directly Authorised members the opportunity to provide innovative solutions based on their client’s needs and budget.”

Paul Yates, product strategy director at iPipeline said: “We love working with forward-thinking firms such as Mortgage Intelligence. They are committed to growing the protection market and delivering the best possible client outcomes. iPipeline has a proven track record of helping advisers to improve the range and level of protection policies written for their customers. Mortgage Intelligence is investing in the best possible tools and support to ensure their advisers deliver an unparalleled proposition for protection.”

Building on an already successful year for protection in 2016, Mortgage Intelligence are committed to providing advisers with the right panels, the best software and the high standard of service they need to protect clients even further in 2017.

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Editors’ notes:

To arrange interviews and find out more, please contact:

Sally Laker
Managing Director
Mortgage Intelligence Holdings

Lisa Ramsay
Group Press Office Manager
Mobile: 07721 439043
Email: press.office@countrywide.co.uk

Media Enquiries
Jenny Burt, Marketing Manager, 01242 211726, jburt@ipipeline.com

About iPipeline UK
iPipeline UK is a leading provider of business intelligence, e-quote, e-application, policy delivery, and policy holder services to the UK life and pensions market. iPipeline offers the UK’s broadest range of integrated and licensed solutions used by leading providers, distributors, and their IFAs via their Websites or CRM systems. To learn how you can better use iPipeline’s industry-leading solutions to streamline and accelerate your business activities, visit us at www.ipipeline.com/uk.


Monmouthshire joins Mortgage Intelligence lending panel

Monmouthshire Building Society (MBS) has become the latest addition to Mortgage Intelligence’s lending panel.The new partnership will see Network members given access to the Society’s comprehensive product range.

Managing Director Sally Laker commented on the new partnership: “We are very excited to be now working with Monmouthshire Building Society. Their flexible approach and the addition of their extensive product range will no doubt be well received by advisers.”

Colin Strong, Head of Broker Sales at Monmouthshire Building Society, said: “This invigorating new relationship with Mortgage Intelligence enables the Society to extend distribution to a wider network of brokers who can offer their clients our broad range of products.”

The Society will now be working with Mortgage Intelligence to raise awareness of their products and the criteria available to brokers. MBS promises advisers flexible underwriting, access to underwriters prior to submission and the support of a dedicated broker helpdesk.


Mortgage Intelligence adds Together to panel

Together has partnered with the mortgage network, Mortgage Intelligence, to offer its products to members.

Mortgage Intelligence will make Together’s range of buy-to-let and first charge residential products available to both network and club advisers.

John Truswell, head of national accounts at Together, said: “We’re delighted to be widening our distribution to Mortgage Intelligence’s members, so that even more advisers have access to our specialist offering.

“We’re looking forward to forging strong partnerships with their members, to help their customers, who may have unusual or complicated cases, access the funding they need.

“As a business that has been established for 44 years, we have a wealth of knowledge about the market. We use a common-sense approach to our lending decisions, and take into account the individual circumstances of each borrower.”

Mortgage Intelligence members will now have access to Together’s online portal, My Broker Venue, where they can submit cases and receive a full, instant, decision-in-principle. There is also personal support on hand at all times from the lender’s team of experts.

Sally Laker, managing director of Mortgage Intelligence, said: “We are delighted to have Together on board and we are excited to be able to offer their products and specialist criteria to our brokers and their clients.

“We’re always looking to grow our comprehensive list of panel lenders and ensure our mortgage proposition is reflective the changing needs of customers and the market in general.

“Together have expertise in areas that our brokers will really appreciate and we’re really looking forward to working closely with them.”

Together can assist in cases ranging from mortgages for self-employed customers, or those with complex income streams, those wanting to borrow on an unusual property or with adverse credit.


M&S Bank adds Mortgage Intelligence to intermediary network

M&S Bank has appointed Mortgage Intelligence to its list of mortgage intermediary partners.

This follows a number of new mortgage broker appointments last year and marks the start of an ongoing growth plan for M&S Bank’s intermediary network throughout 2019.

Paul Stokes, head of products at M&S Bank, said: “We offer a complete range of mortgage solutions with some additional specific solutions to help first time buyers realise their dream of home ownership as well as supporting families who want to help their loved ones take their first step onto the property ladder.

“The appointment of Mortgage Intelligence is another milestone for our growing intermediary channel, enabling even more customers to get the M&S-standard they have come to know and expect from the brand, when they make the most important purchase they’ll ever make – their home.”

Sally Laker, managing director of Mortgage Intelligence, added: “2019 promises to be an innovative year for M&S Bank so naturally we are delighted to be adding them to our growing lender panel.

“It’s great to see such a recognisable and well-respected brand making first time buyers a cornerstone of its proposition, and I have no doubt that network embers will find M&S Bank a valuable addition.”

M&S Bank launched its first mortgage range last year, offering a number of fixed and tracker options available to home movers and customers looking to remortgage. It offers a first-time buyer range from 95% loan-to-value, and a 35-year maximum term, a free valuation and £1,000 cashback.

The bank is working in partnership with Shelter, the housing and homeless charity. As part of this, it will donate £25 to Shelter for every M&S Bank mortgage purchased across both its direct and broker channels.


The Mortgage Lender joins Mortgage Intelligence panel

Network, Mortgage Intelligence and club, Next Intelligence, has added The Mortgage Lender to its panel.

The appointment gives more than 400 network advisers and all mortgage club members access to The Mortgage Lender’s residential and buy-to-let products.

Sally Laker, Bournemouth-based Mortgage Intelligence managing director, said: “We’ve seen what The Mortgage Lender is offering in the market and wanted to be able to access their products.

 “We’re delighted to confirm our partnership and excited about real life lending and how it will help our advisers and their customers.”

Peter Beaumont (pictured), The Mortgage Lender deputy chief executive, added: “Mortgage Intelligence is one of the best know names in the industry and an important distribution partner for The Mortgage Lender.

“We are looking forward to working in partnership to help more borrowers with real life lending requirements live in the home they want to.”


Mortgage Intelligence partners with Criteria Hub

Network and mortgage club Mortgage Intelligence has selected Mortgage Brain’s Criteria Hub as its preferred criteria based sourcing solution for its appointed representatives (ARs) and directly authorised (DA) members.

Criteria Hub uses technology to help advisers quickly and efficiently match the needs of the consumer with those of the lenders.

As part of the agreement, network and mortgage club advisers will now be able to use Criteria Hub alongside Mortgage Brain’s online and offline sourcing systems, and The Key, its point-of-sale and CRM system, as part of a complete, end-to-end mortgage sourcing solution.

Sally Laker, managing director at Mortgage Intelligence, said: “We’ve had a really strong relationship with Mortgage Brain over a number of years and this new addition to its proposition demonstrates its understanding and vision in the mortgage advice market.

“Like us, Mortgage Brain is committed to driving forward technology initiatives and solutions that deliver business benefits that make a real difference to mortgage advisers, lenders and customers alike.

“With the addition of Criteria Hub, our appointed representatives and directly authorised members now have access to a complete and in-depth mortgage sourcing proposition and can offer their customers a more integrated, end-to-end mortgage advice process.”


Mortgage Intelligence partners with Berkeley Alexander

Mortgage Intelligence has selected general insurance provider Berkeley Alexander to offer its services to its network members.

The deal will give the network’s ARs access to a broader range of general insurance products and a new introduction service on standard, non-standard and commercial policies.

Berkeley Alexander will join forces with Paymentshield to work closely with Mortgage Intelligence to ensure a seamless general insurance proposition for the network’s advisers. This will provide cover for standard risks and non-standard household insurance, landlord buy-to-let and commercial risks.

Sally Laker, managing director, Mortgage Intelligence, said: “Berkeley Alexander have access to an impressive range of products from a host of leading insurers on their panel, and they have expertise in niche sectors for those more ‘difficult to place’ risks.

“This, together with an excellent referral service which allows intermediaries to still receive a competitive commission even if not placing the business directly, makes them an excellent partner for our members as they look to grow their business in an ever increasingly competitive market.”

Berkeley Alexander has worked with Mortgage Intelligence since 2012, providing niche and non-standard general insurance services to various parts of the network, and this latest service launch represents a further strengthening of the partnership.

Geoff Hall, managing director at Berkeley Alexander, said: “We’re delighted to be expanding our relationship with Mortgage Intelligence.  We offer a large panel in both standard and non-standard markets.

“What really makes us stand out from the crowd though, and the reason why we can add real value to ARs, is our unique ability to combine both swift and efficient online distribution with the traditional approach of speaking directly to insurers to ensure we get the very best cover for even the most complex or unusual risks at the most competitive premium.

“We look forward to working with Mortgage Intelligence members to help them deliver added value for their clients.”


Mortgage Intelligence launches virtual training events and workshops

Mortgage Intelligence has launched Mortgage Intelligence Online, a series of virtual training events and workshops offering members on-demand access to training and business development support without the need to leave the office.

Commenting Sally Laker, Managing Director at Mortgage Intelligence, says:

“We are very proud of the services we offer advisers and always strive to provide our members with the most flexible and comprehensive support package available. Hosting virtual events has helped so many advisers to broaden their knowledge of the industry, as well as providing professional advice on how to better serve their clients and grow their business.”

The 2015 programme is packed full of great events hosted by leading lenders, providers and selected business partners. Mortgage Intelligence want to give its members the tools and advice they need to stay ahead of the game and continue to provide the same first-class service to their clients.

“It’s an excellent way to communicate and learn,” said Chris Pownall, at Regency Mortgage Services. When asked 95% of our advisers said it’s a great way to learn often technical industry and business knowledge and a great way to interact with their peers.

Upcoming Events

New Build – A Market of Opportunity
Presented by Adrian Moloney – Corporate Account Manager at Nationwide
Wednesday 6th May at 10.30am

“We will be exploring opportunities in the New Build sector with focus on the current market, economic trends, areas of opportunity and the future of the New Build market. The session will also look at Help to Buy, affordable housing and the upcoming Starter Home Initiatives, all key sectors of the intermediary market. This is an excellent opportunity to enhance your knowledge of a growing area of the UK mortgage market from one of the leading lenders in this sector.”

Register Online

Trusts: What, Where, When and Why!
Presented by Darren Phillips – Strategic Account Manager at AIG
Wednesday 13th May at 10.30am

“The presentation intends to provide a general overview of the benefits of putting life insurance into trust, potential disadvantages of creating a trust, a guide to the types of trust available and responsibilities of the parties involved. It will also go through a couple of examples of putting a policy into trust, provide some practicalities around the online trust system as well as cover most common trust queries.”

Register Online


Sally Laker named ‘Business Leader’ of the year at the British Mortgage Awards

Sally Laker of Next Intelligence mortgage club, one of the UK’s leading providers of mortgage and financial services, has been named ‘Business Leader: Next Intelligence Mortgage Club’ at the British Mortgage Awards 2015 on Thursday, 9 July.

This year marked the British Mortgage Awards 10th Anniversary, associated with Mortgage Solutions. The event recognised the stand out achievements of the most deserving individuals in the UK Mortgage industry.

Sally saw off strong competition to pick up the award at a gala ceremony held at the Park Plaza Westminster Hotel in South Bank, London. The awards were judged by a panel of industry experts who chose the winner. Attended by over 500 guests, the British Mortgage Awards 2015 were presented by Phil Rickards, Head of BM Solutions, and headlining the evening’s entertainment was comedian, Ed Byrne.

Commenting on this award, Sally Laker, Managing Director, Next Intelligence, said:

“I am delighted to have won the British Mortgage Award for ‘Business Leader: Mortgage Club’ for Next Intelligence, especially against such a talented group of finalists.”

If you would like to join our award-winning Mortgage Network as an appointed representative or become a member of our Mortgage Club, contact our Broker Support Team on 0845 130 7446 opt 1.