The Five Minute Interview with Alistair Ewing, Director, blimey! loans

 

Alistair Ewingblimey! loans is an independent secured loan broker. blimey! loans search and compare the secured loans market for the best available products to suit their customer’s individual needs.

Their senior management team have over 25 years experience in the financial services sector, mainly processing secured loans.

 

We speak to director Alistair Ewing:

 

What is the best thing about being in the secured loan business?

Providing solutions for clients who felt they had run out of options. Making their dreams come true is perhaps a touch cheesy, but this is reality in many cases.

What keeps you focussed?

The continual drive to grow our business and turn it into something really good for everyone involved.

What qualities do you look for in your employees or colleagues?

Honesty, enthusiasm and the ability to charm surveyors into happily increasing valuations.

Are you an optimist or a pessimist?

My glass is always brimming over!

What did you want to be as a child?

Tony Petrocelli – who was a fictional lawyer portrayed on an American series back in the mid 70s. I’m obviously giving away my age now and I never stuck in enough at school to get to law school!

What will be the greatest challenge facing the secured loan industry in the coming months?

Over the next few years, I think regulation will definitely be the main challenge for brokers and lenders. The general perception of secured lending has come a long way in the last 10 years, but I think we still have some way to go. Integrity, reputation and perhaps being able to demonstrate that we are qualified to do our jobs will all be key factors in ‘raising our game’. The new qualification announced for commercial brokers at the NACFB Expo this week wouldn’t do us any harm either.

Who or what makes you laugh?

When mortgage brokers continually phone and ask for a second charge on an unencumbered property. But seriously, my favourite comedian just now is definitely Kevin Bridges.

Do you dread Monday mornings?

Only if I’ve been out on Sunday night. Running your own business is definitely hard work – but it also never really feels like real work if that makes sense – so no I have a spring in my step on a Monday, the same as any other day.

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

Hmm, it’s difficult to improve on perfection – but maybe a few inches taller and I could leave my platforms in the wardrobe.

With whom would you most like to have dinner?

Stephen Fry for his wit, Alan Carr for some general mayhem and Kelly Brook for intelligent conversation.

 

 

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