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Here you will find the list of events we are supporting during the year.

PRESS RELEASE

 

16th October 2018

 

 

HM Treasury confirmed to speak on diversity at The Finance Professional Show

 

 

Representatives from HM Treasury’s Women in Finance Charter team have been confirmed to take part in a panel discussion on the role of diversity targets at The Finance Professional Show.

 

Deborah Ejim-McCubbin, Policy Advisor, Women in Finance Charter at HM Treasury, will introduce the session titled “Diversity – addressing the imbalance”, which takes place at The Finance Professional Show on Wednesday 7 November.

 

Deborah will provide an overview of the Women in Finance Charter, talk about the Charter’s March 2018 annual review, and about the Government Equalities Office ‘What Works’ advice to employers, before a wider group discussion on diversity.

 

Earlier this year, Clare Jupp, People Development Director at Brightstar, took the lead by co-hosting an event with HM Treasury and Virgin Money to bring the importance of the Charter to the attention of various specialist finance industry stakeholders.

 

Joining Deborah and Clare on the panel at the FP Show will be Becky Hewitt, Vice Chair of the Women in Finance Charter Board and Director of People at Leeds Building Society, and Adrian Moloney, Sales Director at OneSavings Bank. The session will be chaired by Beth Fisher, Editor at Medianett.

 

Women in Finance will also host a stand at the event, providing delegates with the opportunity find out more about the Charter and register their interest about becoming signatories.

 

Deborah Ejim-McCubbin says: “The Women in Finance Charter reflects the government’s ambition to see gender balance at all levels across financial services firms. This is a great opportunity to talk about how firms can continue to take action on this and contribute to having a really positive impact on the financial services sector as a whole.”

 

Adrian Moloney says: “Gender equality should be a key focus in every industry, not just financial services, and within OneSavings Bank as a result of our commitment to the Women in Finance Charter, it’s been an area of genuine focus. For example, we have seen good progress in respect of the number of female employees undertaking senior management positions. We do need to ensure an ongoing focus and that’s why events such as these are so important and I’m very happy to be involved. Gender equality can never really be achieved if men are not involved in the discussion, debate and, ultimately, action. Whilst we acknowledge there isn’t a quick fix, this is a great opportunity to discuss together and share the best practices that can contribute positively both to the charter and the broader subject of gender equality.”

 

Becky Hewitt says: “It needs everyone to take what may be small, but clear, steps to have a positive impact on our industry’s female talent pipeline. This event is focused on providing insight and sharing good ideas which are already working – come along, collaborate and be the person who makes a difference in your business.”

 

 

Clare Jupp says: “I believe that these activities represent real action and have the power to make a significant impact upon a huge audience. The involvement and support of HM Treasury and the Vice Chair of the Women in Finance Committee, alongside signatories and businesses who are already doing a great deal to progress the diversity agenda, gives huge credibility to this work.

 

“I am determined that this industry will become a more inclusive one and one that will provide equal opportunity to all who are part of it. We need your support: what are you waiting for?”

 

 

The Finance Professional Show takes place at Olympia London on 7 November from 9.30am to 4.30pm and is sponsored by 365 Business Finance, Market Financial Solutions, Octopus Property, Kuflink Bridging, Just Cash Flow, Nucleus Commercial Finance and London Credit.

 

Full details and registration are available at financeprofessionalshow.co.uk

 

Finance Professionals Show

7th November 2018

Olympia, London

PRESS RELEASE

 

11 September 2018

 

 

Property investment has a bright future despite Brexit uncertainty

 

 

A panel of industry experts have agreed that the outlook for property investment in the UK remains positive, despite the uncertainty around continued Brexit negotiations.

 

Paresh Raja, CEO of Market Financial Solutions, says: “With Brexit scheduled to take place in March 2019, there is still much uncertainty surrounding the nature of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. However, such ambiguity has not dampened the spirits of prospective homebuyers and property investors.

 

“Historically, real estate has proven itself to be a safe and secure asset by offering stable, long-term returns. As a result, demand for property remains high. Recent figures revealed that the average house prise in the UK rose by 3% in the 12 months to June 2018 and this positive trend has been met with enthusiasm from landlords, with new research saying that more than half feel positive about the current state of the market. Inspiring confidence throughout the sector, this development signifies a positive outlook for the future of the property market over the coming year, particularly in light of the fast approaching Brexit deadline.”

 

Mario Berti, CEO of Octopus Property, agrees, adding: “Despite wider market uncertainty, the returns available from owning, investing in and developing the right type of real estate continue to be favourable versus other asset classes, something that we expect to continue moving forward.

“This is for a number of reasons including: the supply/demand imbalance (not enough houses being built), the continued availability of cheap credit and a healthy economy. Let’s not forget the fact that the UK remains a great place to do business.”

And this positive sentiment is reflected by James Bloom, Managing Director of Short Term Lending at Masthaven, who comments that while the UK has suffered a housing slowdown, with many investors choosing to hold until market conditions become clearer after Brexit, the market continues to be upbeat.

 

He says: “The short-term sector has remained buoyant and continues to perform well. We are seeing more new entrants coming into the market which is increasing competition and providing customers with an even wider choice of products. This has led to even more product innovation as lenders compete in this increasingly popular market. We have exciting updates as we further enhance our product range and look forward to sharing the news with the market in due course.”

 

Intermediaries can learn more about upcoming developments and the future of the market after March 2019 at The Finance Professional Show, which takes place at Olympia London on 7 November. The show features a CPD-certified multi-format conference programme, with an opportunity to quiz industry experts on their view foe the market, and almost 100 lenders and providers, including Market Financial Solutions, Octopus Property and Masthaven.

 

Speaking about the show, Masthaven’s Bloom says: “We have a long-standing relationship with The Finance Professional Show and are confident that the show this year will be another great success – it’s a great opportunity to have such a large part of the broker community all under one roof.”

 

This year’s show takes from 9.30am to 4.30pm and is sponsored by 365 Business Finance, Market Financial Solutions, Octopus Property, Kuflink Bridging, Just Cash Flow and Nucleus Commercial Finance.

 

Full details and registration are available at financeprofessionalshow.co.uk

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