Complete FS held its 17th Expo last week, with the main message to the 100+ brokers in attendance one of adapting to a changing market.
Delegates heard that specialist lending is playing an increasingly dominant role in the intermediary space due to high street lenders focus on direct product transfers and their reliance on ‘credit score’ lending. In turn, this is leading to growing opportunities in the specialist arena for the customer who fails the computerised process the high street lenders favour.
Finding the right deal for this type of customer also requires the adviser to look beyond the sourcing system and engage with specialist packagers in order to provide an effective and reliable service.
Advisers were asked to take time to assess their current contact strategy and aim to look at and welcome new developments in technology embracing new business channels because to stand still in a fast moving market increased the likelihood of being left behind.
Tony Salentino (pictured), Complete FS director, said: “The Complete FS Expos have always been about giving advisers knowledge and access to new ways of thinking which will help them in their businesses. This was our 17th Expo and each year it becomes more popular both with exhibitors and adviser delegates.
“We were fully booked and the turnout more than amplified the belief that while national expo numbers are falling, events like ours with a strong central theme built around specialist lending with amazing support from lenders and providers is really giving delegates valuable insights into how they can grow and sustain their businesses.”