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What’s Your Intermediary Strategy?

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With the wider mortgage lending market in good health, it’s an extremely good time for the intermediary market. Since 2012, the share of loans by value arranged by intermediaries has been rising steadily, and 2016 saw reports that as many as four in every five mortgages were being arranged through a broker. Some consumers will sometimes…

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Choose Interims

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Over the last year, Kind Consultancy has been doing more and more work on large scale compliance transformation projects. Keeping up with regulatory changes can be tricky for any organisation, but implementing the necessary response is perhaps hardest for big, complex businesses who operate across multiple sites, sectors and countries. In situations like this, we’ve…

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Why Search Consultancy Will Outlive Contingent Recruitment

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Recruitment is an ever diluting industry, with thousands of new firms establishing each year. As a client I can understand why choosing an agency (or even multiple agencies) can be a minefield. More and more new agencies offer extremely low fee rates to attract the business, pricing some of the more specialist firms out of…

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The Future is Kind: 2016 & 2017

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2016 was an amazing year for The Kind Group, with all four of our companies growing and developing. Kind Financial Services increased levels of business, with three new Advisers joining the team and building relationships with a wide portfolio of financial services organisations. The mortgage market has been robust, we kept a good pace across…

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MiFID II: Coming Soon to a Business Near You

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What do you have planned for January 3rd 2018? It’s a little far out for most people to have a firm idea, but in the Financial Services world it’s the day that MiFID II takes effect, significantly changing the legislation around Financial Instruments. A report by IHS Markit and Expand released earlier this year estimated…

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The Pros of Interim Management

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Interim Management has been a focus of Kind Consultancy since our inception and it’s an option that’s become more and more popular, with surveys of senior interims showing an increase in activity every year since 2011. Some smaller businesses still see interim management as the reserve of big corporates, but I think they can be…

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Does My Business Really Need Cyber Security?

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Whether you’re the head of a major corporation riding high on the LSE or you’re running a small e-commerce store out of your bedroom in your spare time, Cyber Security should be a serious concern for you. Despite years of warnings, many smaller companies still aren’t taking Cyber Crime seriously, working under the false assumption…

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Challenge Accepted: The Rise of UK Challenger Banks

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Standing out during a period of economic uncertainty, the last month has seen a lot of positive news concerning challenger banks; those smaller, newer financial institutions offering an alternative to the traditional big name high street banks. Having steadily risen since the beginning of July, Metro Bank shares hit an all-time high on Friday, even though the…

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The Labour Market: Under the Microscope

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New survey results released by the Office of National Statistics last week, suggested that unemployment has been falling across 2016, with 31.75 million people in work between April and June, 172,000 more than for January to March and 606,000 more than for a year earlier. This brings the employment rate up to 74.5%, the highest…

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Risk Management & Human Behaviour

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What decides whether an organisation operates within risk frameworks? Is it the policies in place, the business strategies that push up against those policies, what’s the deciding factor? In 2016 more and more people are accepting something which even though it’s very simple, has long been a difficult concept for many risk and compliance professionals…

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