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The Free Money Advice Service has been setup by the government to provide impartial advice on most financial matters but is particularly good on Equity Release. 

Equity Release is a minefield but a necessary minefield! Get it right and older people can raise money on their property - potentially allowing them to afford to stay in their homes for the rest of their lives. Get it wrong and they can accumulate an enormous debt and effectively disinherit their children as the finance company claims their home in order to repay the accumulated loan when they die. The link below may help you decide whether this might be a useful route to go down. However just as importantly consider using a financial adviser.
This is a simple AgeUK Equity Release calculator which will help you find out how much an equity release loan would allow you to raise on your house.

Independent Financial Advisers - IFAs Paddington

Find Financial Advisers - Independent Financial Advisors London

3rd Floor, 14 Hanover Street, Hanover Square, Mayfair, London W1S 1YH, UK – 07540 801811

I was assisted by Maryanne on a credit score matter. The advise she gave me was very valuable. Great customer service and very professional. Thank you so much

Having never used a Financial Advisor before I honestly never expected to get such fantastic advice and support. Every inch the professional I would recommend Find Financial Advisors to anyone and everyone.

First Wealth

6 Broadstone Pl, Marylebone, London W1U 7EN, UK – 020 7467 2700

First Wealth provide a first class service. With Jamie Kyte and his team I know I’m in safe hands.

Ascot Lloyd Financial Services

4, Cavendish Court, 11-15 Wigmore St, Marylebone, London W1U 1PF, UK – 020 3866 9730

I highly recommend the senior partner Jonathan Walne who is a brilliant IFA. The service is second to none: queries are dealt with the same day, he uses clear language a layman can understand and he always willing to talk things through on the phone when needed. The service includes two face-to-face meetings a year, one full written review and a six month valuation report. I feel this is good value for the 0.5% p.a. management fee and I have no hesitation recommending him to others.

Click for excellent Money Saving Expert advice on choosing an Independent Financial Adviser (or IFA) around Paddington.
This is a revolution! We are used to going to a bank with a business plan and been lent money on very high rates of interest - but only under increasingly demanding conditions. Crowd funding is the public investing directly to the businesses - at all stages of their development. Crucially there is a huge range of projects and Crowd Funders. You could do worse than just read and then click some of the WiKi link below.

Crowd Funding and Business Loans

Virgin Start Up Ltd

66 Porchester Rd, London W2 6ET, UK – 020 7313 2002

Start up loans for pre start or up to two years old, backed by gov funding. The staff are fast, friendly and know their stuff. It is easy to speak to a local contact without having your arm twisted. The local contact in North Yorkshire is based in Scatborough but travels to meet people in Hull and York at least monthly they also help people starting a business who do not need finance, Yorkshire in Business.

I have been working with Virgin StartUp for a fair years now and it has been great. Great opportunities. They made the process of applying for a Virgin Start Up Loan very early on a non daunting process and the follow on support with matching me with a suited Mentor at that time was and has been invaluable. Always willing to offer information and with their support, advice and suggestions it has helped grow my business immensely. The Virgin Start Up team are creative, sharp, having the ability to help nurture and see potential in new fresh ideas. I would recommend to anyone thinking about getting in touch to apply for funding, not to think of reason why they can't; but reason why they can and should: to just do it; you have nothing much to loose and everything to gain! Darcy Ida

Rockstar Mentoring Group

1 Relton Mews, Knightsbridge, London SW7 1ET, UK – 0845 652 2905

These guys are brilliant. I got funding for my company as a result of their help and mentoring. I never would have met the individuals I met, without Rockstar mentors! Thank you guys

8 Greencoat Pl, Westminster, London SW1P 1PL, UK – 020 3696 9702

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C Hoare & Co

32 Lowndes St, Knightsbridge, London SW1X 9HZ, UK – 020 7245 6033

Hoare's Bank provides outstanding customer service, backed by the highest levels of integrity and security.


60-62 Margaret St, Fitzrovia, London W1W 8TF, UK – 020 7947 9700

A good restaurants and safety.

HSBC Private Bank Ltd

8 Cork St, Mayfair, London W1S 3LJ, UK – 020 7860 5000


Good bank


Allied Irish Bank (GB)

1st, Berkeley Square House, 4-19 Berkeley Square, Mayfair, London W1J 6BR, UK – 020 7499 7848

The staff were very helpful to give me directions around the city. Very clean

TSB Bank

68 Baker St, Marylebone, London W1U 7ER, UK – 020 7935 0016

Only two cashier desks and not even a paying in machine so sometimes have to wait a little while and the stuff is ok I would say just average but been to better TSB branches before.

Cater Allen Private Bank

2 Triton Square, Kings Cross, London NW1 3DU, UK – 0800 092 3300

I've banked with Cater Allen for over 10 years. Faultless customer services. Only lose half a star for not having a mobile banking system (Android/IOS) and a slightly dated website.

Consistently exellent service over more than 10 years of my being a customer.

Building Societies

The Chelsea Building Co

168 Earls Ct Rd, Kensington, London SW5 9QQ, UK – 020 7259 2247

Yorkshire Building Society

255 Kensington High St, Kensington, London W8 6NA, UK – 020 7602 0006

Norland Conservation Society

147 Portland Rd, London W11 4LR, UK – 020 7822 2800

Mortgage Brokers

Trinity Financial

4th Floor, 1 Lumley St, Mayfair, London W1K 6TT, UK – 020 7016 0790

Oliver has been absolutely fantastic all the way through the process. He’s extremely knowledgeable, helpful and super-efficient. I actually began with another broker but switched after they never got back to me even after repeated phone calls. I couldn’t have been any more impressed with Oliver and Trinity Financial.

Absolutely outstanding service from a team of consummate professionals. I have dealt with Trinity on several occasions and their honest advice and military efficiency are invaluable. They are great with client communication and management, keeping you fully informed and up to date throughout the application and approval process. I would use them again and again - cannot recommend Trinity highly enough.

Fox Davidson Mortgage Brokers

45 Pont St, Knightsbridge, London SW1X 0BD, UK – 020 3519 5590

Excellent service from very knowledgeable brokers. We thought that we were consigned to the offshore market when we remortgaged, but Sarah Fox-Clinch found us a deal on the onshore market that was better than the options we had been looking at but which we had been told by various banks were not available to us. Prompt communication and quick to understand our needs. Efficient administration support. Good remote working (all communications by email or phone) so no issues with not being in the same location as the firm. Highly recommended and worth paying the broker fee.

After speaking to many mortgage advisers we were told it was almost impossible to get a mortgage with a stipend income. Pete and the team at Fox Davidson have made the process look easy! We are so happy with the service we have received, which has been prompt, friendly and well informed


12 Hay Hill, Mayfair, London W1J 8NR, UK – 020 3758 9393

Professional brokers, quick turn around, extremely impressed with the level of service received, thank you

An extremely professional process and team - recommend highly


MCIFA Property Finance

10 Albemarle St, Mayfair, London W1S 4HH, UK – 020 7495 7333

I found MCIFA extremely helpful, the team are really knowledgable and efficient and made the whole procedure enjoyable and easy. I would highly recommend them to anyone looking for expert mortgage advice. Great service.

We went to Jon after being turned down by numerous banks for a relatively small loan and he managed to find a lender who wanted to take us on despite our credit issues and incredibly short lead times. We don't think we would have managed to get our property if we hadn't worked with someone so knowledgeable!

Rose Capital Partners

94 Baker St, Marylebone, London W1U 6FZ, UK – 020 7935 7866

I have been dealing with Rita Benko at Rose Capital Partners in getting my mortgage for my first flat in London. I can honestly say that I have never dealt with anyone more professional than Rita, she is extremely hardworking with excellent communication skills, she keeps me in the loop all the time and is very reassuring. The fact that she responds to my emails straight away whether it's a Saturday morning or a Sunday evening is beyond me as I don't expect it at all but it's very clear that this is a person who goes above and beyond for her clients and she is very efficient with quick responses - even if she has to contact other people to get me the answers, she does it straight away. She has excellent attention to detail, remembers small details about my life and does everything she can to make this process simple for me. I am recommending Rita to all my friends and I will definitely be using her again.

Rose Capital Partners has dealt with my mortgage applications on two separate occasions. Each time they have been incredibly professional and have gone above and beyond in helping secure my house sale. They have also given me great financial advice. I would highly recommend them to anyone buying a property.

Celebrity Mortgage

1 Mayfair Pl, Mayfair, London W1J 8AJ, UK – 020 7183 8466

Having had a disgraceful experience with a previous brokerage, we have had a much better level of service here. If you want brokers who care and want to work with you and support you I would highly recommend coming here for your mortgage.

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