Openwork is embarking on a series of UK-wide roadshows following a year in which its mortgage lending hit a record £11bn and adviser numbers climbed to 3,200.
Beginning on 21 March, the roadshows – aimed at mortgage, protection and general insurance advisers – will enable attendees to meet the 32 providers attending and gain insight into a number of key topics, including:
- Opportunities for later life lending
- The raft of tax and other changes impacting on the buy to let tax market
- Delivering quality advice for customers consolidating debt
- How to make protection more than just a direct debit mandate
Taking in nine cities over three weeks, the roadshows – which will be attended by more than 700 advisers – follow a year of strong growth for the network. Increases in adviser capacity and productivity helped boost lending to more than £11bn, with the network aiming to surpass £12bn in 2017.
The introduction of a Personalised Risk Report in November helped protection sales grow 25% in November and December, with Openwork protecting a record 125,000 clients in 2016.
Paul Shearman, Mortgage, Protection & GI Proposition Director, comments: “Success is only achieved by having highly qualified and proficient advisers and Openwork continues to focus on supporting its members to build their expertise. The roadshows play a key role in our strategy and we look forward to this year’s Spring events as we seek to surpass 2016’s stellar performance.”