Hodge and SFC bolster teams



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Hodge and Specialist Finance Centre (SFC) have announced changes to their specialist finance teams.

Hodge

Hodge has appointed Stuart Ottery and Kate Morgan as BDM and telephony BDM, respectively.

Stuart, who will cover Wales and the south-west of England, will help Hodge’s intermediary partners through new cases, as well as supporting them through the application process.

Prior to joining Hodge, Stuart held BDM roles at various companies, including Coventry Building Society, Precise Mortgages and, most recently, OSB Group.

Meanwhile, Kate has been promoted to telephony BDM, having been at Hodge since 2019 working in different departments across the business.

In her new role, Kate will further enhance Hodge’s broker support capacity in line with overall mortgage business growth.

Emma Graham, business development director at Hodge, said: “We have ambitious growth plans here at Hodge and so the appointment of Stuart and Kate is key as we continue to grow our mortgage team and further support our networks and brokers. 

“The last year has been a very busy one with a big push before the stamp duty holiday ending and a record number of completions coming through our books, so it is a great time for us to take stock, take more talent on board and further expand our business reach over the next year to 18 months.”

SFC

SFC’s self-employed division, SFC Solo, has announced its extensive recruitment drive with immediate effect.

SFC Solo is a specialist bridging, BTL, commercial and development finance brand for self-employed advisers launched in March 2021, which allows advisers to trade independently, but with the credibility and protective infrastructure provided by a directly authorised firm. 

Solo advisers have full access to SFCsupport team at its Cardiff-based head office who can facilitate the regulated and non-regulated cases in which they don’t specialise.

Daniel Yeo, founder and managing director at Specialist Finance Centre, said: “We currently have five self-employed advisers operating under the SFC Solo brand and we are already in talks with a number of other advisers who are interested in working independently and earning the lion’s share of income, while still benefiting from a strong level of support — however, it’s all about the quality of adviser, rather than quantity.

“There is huge demand for bridging, commercial and development finance from many property professionals and this is being recognised by a growing number of advisers who are assessing their current working practices, situations and areas of expertise. 

“As a business, we feel that we are well placed to provide a fully supportive self-employed platform and brand where advisers can benefit from our vast experience and carve their own niche in such a potentially lucrative marketplace.”

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