NEW: Update from the Editor

NEW: Update from the Editor


Well, the Bank Holiday weekend has certainly flown by and it’s now back to work – and back to bringing you the lowdown on what’s hot off the press – for us here at B&C Towers.

I know some of you may have had a less relaxing weekend than others, however. With shortlist nomination submissions due tomorrow some individuals have been asked to write up to 12 testimonials for the industries’ finest (it’ll be worth it I promise)!

Speaking of well-known figures, I gather that new candidates are lining up to take the soon-to-be-departed Adrian Bloomfield’s position at the top of the astl tree. Some interesting times lie ahead for the astl, and I can’t wait to see what direction the association follows once Adrian’s successor is announced.

Speculation in the industry also hints at the Connaught Series II fund being reinstated in the next week, and I understand that Tiuta’s trading is as strong as ever – news likely to silence some critics in the market.

With just over a month to go until our awards, things couldn’t be busier in the B&C offices. Caron is working hard to create a spectacular event, and with more than 470 confirmed attendees already, this year is going to be bigger (and better) than ever!

The last few weeks have been a great opportunity for mingling, meeting and even the odd canapé or four. UTB held a broker Olympic-themed cocktail party, which offered over 100 brokers, plus the entire B&C team, a stunning panoramic view of London from the 17th floor penthouse of the Bank’s office. There was also an amusing ‘virtual javelin’ competition on the wii, eventually won by Nigel Barrington of B&P Finance.

Unfortunately the much anticipated Aldemore Ascot Day had to be cancelled as a result of wet weather, which was a real shame, but this week my colleagues and I will be travelling up to Manchester to see some of our clients – including the Lancashire Mortgage Corporation team and Aldemore too – so we will get to spend some time with team after all.

Our office is also intrigued to see what Alan Cleary has in store, as Precise has hinted that we’re all in for a June party spectacular... we’ll keep you posted about that one as more details emerge.

Personally, I am particularly excited about joining the

judging panel

– which meets on Thursday to make what I can only imagine will be a ‘series of tough decisions’. The outstanding contribution to bridging and commercial finance category in particular has got people talking. The nominees are: Steven Nicholas, Jonathan Samuels, Andrew Bloom, Eugene Esterkin and David Johnson. Write in to let me know who you’d choose!

Seriously though, I really would like to hear your thoughts on this and anything else, so if you do have any comments to make please feel free to contact me on

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