Home » News » Agencies & People » UK’s largest franchise agency group to become leading mortgage broker previous nextAgencies & PeopleUK’s largest franchise agency group to become leading mortgage brokerBelvoir is to roll out the services of the Mortgage Advice Bureau – aka Brook Financial Services – across its network of 300 branches next year.Nigel Lewis12th December 201701,237 Views Belvoir is to roll out its recent-acquired mortgage broker business Brook Financial Services across its 300-strong branch network of four brands – Belvoir, Northwood, Goodchilds and Newton Fallowell – in a bid to become one of the high street’s larger agency mortgage brokers.The announcement, which will help reassure City investors following Belvoir’s recent failed attempt to merge with Martin & Co parent company The Property Franchise Group, reveals that the roll-out is beginning with its most sales-focussed brand, Newton Fallowell.It has 39 branches in Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, Derbyshire, Rutland and Staffordshire and was itself bought by Belvoir in July 2015.Brook, which trades as the Mortgage Advice Bureau and is based in Barnsley at a business park (pictured, above), was bought by Belvoir for £2 million in July this year and its services are now available within 25 of the Newton Fallowell branches, including 17 new ones since Brook was acquired.This, coupled with more business from independent estate agents who use Brook’s services, helped the financial services firm write new business worth £570,000 over the past two months, putting it 40% ahead of its performance last year.“The roll out to the Newton Fallowell offices is underway and from January 2018, Brook will start to work with some of the more sales-focused Belvoir and Northwood offices,” says Dorian Gonsalves, CEO of Belvoir (pictured, left).“This is a key strategy for growth for both our franchisees and the Group.“The recent significant growth, against the background of falling mortgage approvals as the housing market is perceived to be cooling overall, is evidence of Brook’s ability to outperform the market.”Newton Fallowell Northwood Mortgage Advice Bureau Goodchilds Belvoir brook financial services Dorian Gonsalves December 12, 2017Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021
April 1, 2004 Regular News Pariente to lead court Pariente to lead court In the 1970s, she was one of South Florida’s pioneering women trial lawyers in a profession then almost entirely controlled by men. In 1997, she became only the second woman justice named to the Florida Supreme Court.Barbara J. Pariente, 55, advanced that career to the highest judicial office in state government March 17 when the members of the Florida Supreme Court announced that they had unanimously elected her chief justice for a two-year term beginning July 1.Pariente will be Florida’s 51st chief justice since statehood was granted in 1845 and only the second woman to lead the Florida State Courts.She takes office on a day historic for yet another reason: July 1 is the day when, under a 1998 constitutional amendment, funding for the state courts will be largely unified within the state budget. This replaces an earlier funding system in which county governments picked up a substantial part of the bill.“Of course, the first priority of my administration necessarily will be to ensure that the shift to unified funding goes as smoothly as possible with minimum disruption to what already is an outstanding trial court system,” Pariente said. “That is why, instead of being sworn in on July 1, I intend to join with my predecessor that day to honor the many judges, staff members, and others who have worked so hard over so many years on such a monumental shift in the State Courts’ operations.”Pariente will take the oath of office at an official “Passing of the Gavel” ceremony that will be held the morning of July 2. She replaces current Chief Justice Harry Lee Anstead.Other issues on the future chief justice’s agenda include an interest that has spanned her entire career — her passionate concern for assisting families and children in the courts. Since joining the Supreme Court, Pariente has worked with or led a number of committees and projects concerned with the legal needs of families, children who come to courts on juvenile or other matters, and successful alternatives to incarceration such as treatment-based drug courts that have aided families in getting help for addictions.“Families are the basis of our communities and the most important part of most everyone’s life,” Pariente said. “But sometimes troubled families can be genuinely helped by court processes that take into account the multitude of the family’s underlying problems.”Pariente is actively working to promote the concept of a unified family court based on management techniques adapted from private-sector models and promoted by organizations like the National Center for State Courts. These techniques include using case managers to coordinate cases and ensure that they progress at a reasonable rate, as well as more intensive management of more complex cases. The unified family court managers also help ensure that a single family’s cases are heard by the same judge to minimize conflicting results.“In a phrase, the unified family court ensures that the lines of communication between the court, the family, and the community do not fail,” she said. “This is important because a single family may have one member with an addiction problem, another with a juvenile problem, and other problems such as domestic violence or the need to place children into temporary state care. In the past, these different aspects of a single family’s overall problems were not always well coordinated.”The unified family courts already in place in Florida have demonstrated that they can be far more efficient both in terms of the use of judicial resources and impact on the quality of life of the family itself, Pariente said.“But it is important to understand,” she added, “that the unified family court is not a specialized or separate court but rather a method for judges and their staffs to better handle cases involving families and children.”With an undergraduate degree in communications, Pariente also plans to work during her administration to improve communications between all three branches of government.Justice Pariente was born in New York, New York. She graduated from Boston University in 1970. She then attended George Washington University Law School, graduating in 1973 and then moving to Florida.Pariente is married to Judge Frederick A. Hazouri of the Fourth District Court of Appeal in West Palm Beach. Together, they have three grown children and six grandchildren.
Crikey! Police apprehended a kangaroo that was on the loose Thursday morning in Fort Lauderdale.Residents living near North Andrews Avenue and 13th Street reported seeing a runaway kangaroo hopping through their neighborhood.Fort Lauderdale police officers arrived and, with the help of wildlife officers, were able to leash the kangaroo and guide the animal into the back of a police cruiser.Police safely captured the kangaroo, but the marsupial avoided a trip to the slammer. Instead, the Australian tourist was taken to the South Florida Wildlife Center.