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Here you’ll find the latest industry news in our library of articles and videos. Keeping you up to date with mortgage and protection news along with key insights and career opportunities at First Financial. With decades spent in the business, we know how to study the entire market and we have complete visibility of what’s available with access to rates that may not be available elsewhere.

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Video: Tony & Jo Scrutton | Client Testimonial | A long-standing relationship

Tony and Jo originally came to First Financial looking for a mortgage. In the years since, Tony has ...

Video: A Celebration | First Financial 25 Years

Our founder Michael Caplan recently said, "Nobody wants a mortgage. They don't want to deal with the...

Video: Getting to know the First Financial team – Part Two

Part two of our 'getting to know you' team video. Behind every success we've experienced as a busine...

Video: Getting to know the First Financial team – Part One

Behind every success we've experienced as a business, there has been a whole team of people making i...

Know your values | 25 years of passion, quality and service – Part Eight

Welcome to the final blog in our series, 25 years of passion, quality and service...

Eight ways to shake up your business | 25 years of passion, quality and service – Part Seven

Can you ever imagine being able to say, "my work here is done"? It seems unlikely to us at First Fin...

What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger | 25 years of passion, quality and service – Part Six

At First Financial, we’ve just celebrated 25 years since we first opened our doors. If we look bac...

Six ways to build a buzz in the office | 25 years of passion, quality and service – Part Five

Teamwork is everything at First Financial. We’ve built a close-knit, supportive group of colleague...

Video: Hilton Freund | First Financial Client Testimonial | Celebrating 25 Years

Hilton Freund has been a client of First Financial for many years. In that time we've developed a st...

Video: Jeffrey & Sandra Benedyk | 25 years of working with First Financial

Jeffrey and Sandra have been clients of First Financial since the early days, starting in 2000. They...

From New Starter to New Director with First Financial

First Financial was established in 1997 by our Chairman, Michael Caplan. His vision was to create a ...

From Apprentice to Adviser

First Financial was established more than 25 years ago. Right from the start, we knew that having a ...

Video: Meet the Directors | First Financial 25 Years in Business

James Caplan, Michael Caplan, Simon Ryder and Gavin Pearse share the story of how First Financial gr...

Why values matter more than skills when hiring | 25 years of passion, quality and service – Part Four

One thing that we’ve discovered over our 25 years in business is that people have a thirst for kno...

Stamp Duty Deadline Delivery – by James Caplan

At First Financial we are delighted that every one of our clients who we committed to complete their...

Five top tips for a brilliant team | 25 years of passion, quality and service – Part Three

At First Financial, we know it’s our people who make our business what it is. If it hadn’t been ...

Why you need to go the extra mile | 25 years of passion, quality and service – Part Two

It’s something that we’ve known for a while. If you want to build client relationships that are ...

Building a business that’s built to last | 25 years of passion, quality and service – Part One

They say the first 25 years are the hardest! Unbelievably, that’s how long we’ve been serving ou...

95% Mortgages introduced – by Gavin Pearse

With the 95% mortgages introduced, our Director, ...

The Mortgage Guarantee Scheme – by James Caplan

Following Wednesday’s budget announcement, the Government is launching the Mortgage Guarantee Sche...

95% LTV Mortgages – by James Caplan

Our Managing Director, James Caplan, shares his thoughts on 95% LTV mortgages. You can read the w...

1Minute Mortgage Market Update – with James Caplan

Our Managing Director, James Caplan, is back with 1 minute mortgage market update. Watch our new vi...

January 2021 update – by James Caplan

Happy New Year everyone! Despite lockdown 3.0, it is Business as usual at First Financial. Our Man...

End of year market update – by James Caplan

An insightful and must read end of year market update by our Managing Director, James Caplan. Fro...

2020 Core Values Champion

Our values are at the core of everything we do, and you’ll find them manifest across every part of...

First Financial joins Equity Release Council

We are delighted to have been accepted as members of The Equity Release Council and look forward to ...

The importance of protection – by Mark Hansard

In this article, one of our Senior Advisers, ...

November 2020 – COVID-19 Announcement from James Caplan

Our Managing Director, James Caplan, makes an announcement with regards to new COVID-19 restrictions...

October 2020 – Market update with Simon Ryder

Our Director, Simon Ryder, provides a must-read insightful market update with emphasis on First time...

Meet the Team – Our Expert Advisers

Expert, creative, dependable. Since 1997 we’ve helped contractors, sports people, business owne...