The first edition of the British Specialist Lending Awards proved a glamorous night this week and drew readers’ attention as the best of the industry were recognised.
As ever, who was seen doing what, with whom on the night was almost as interesting as unveiling the winners themselves.
Elsewhere, the theft of more than £90,000 resulted in a two-year jail term for an unscrupulous estate agent while the continued debate around the digitisation of the mortgage market continues to draw attention – from new businesses and high street giants alike.
And the buy to let portfolio market got slightly clearer this week as Coventry Building Society confirmed it would remain a portfolio lender once new rules kick in.
British Specialist Lending Awards gallery: the night in pictures
All the winners of the first-ever British Specialist Lending Awards
Estate agent jailed for theft and dishonesty
Digital mortgage firm plans advice shake-up with Atom Bank hire
HSBC ‘investing deeply in digital’ – One to One with Tracie Pearce
Coventry BS commits to portfolio BTL but Leeds and Virgin undecided
Lender readies to launch into second charge mortgages – exclusive
Digital advice start-up Mortgage Gym secures £2m in funding
Investors launch rescue bid for Co-op Bank
Breezeplus ups staffing 40% to tackle problems but offers no apology