0 Bower Adviser Nominated for Major Equity Release Award By The Bower Team / In Company News Bower are delighted that Ian Howarth has been nominated for the prestigious and much coveted “British Mortgage Award” in recognition of the positive and dedicated contribution which he has made to the Equity Release sector over many years. The British Mortgage Awards ceremony is held in order to highlight the stand out achievements of individuals within the industry, and with respect to Equity Release, to showcase those advisers who have demonstrated excellence within the intermediary sector. The growing attraction of Equity Release is reflected in a sharp increase in lending during 2014 which is running 35% ahead of the previous year at the end of March. In his role at Bower, Ian offers independent advice to consumers in the north west of England. He uses his proven experience to deliver an exceptionally high quality of service, and puts his clients at ease with his natural empathy for the elderly. A free initial consultation is offered in the comfort of a consumer’s own home. In line with the other members of the Bower team, Ian’s customers are encouraged to consider Equity Release as part of their retirement planning at a time when the financial pressures facing the elderly are severe. Accordingly the home visit is designed to give those at or in retirement sufficient knowledge about Equity Release so that they can proceed in confidence with an application when the time is right. Being impartial, Ian puts the needs of his consumers first -indeed, in feedback, 100% of his customers at Bower expressed their satisfaction at the quality of service provided to them. Moreover he goes out of his way to support his clients before, during and after the application and completion process. Ian’s reputation within the Equity Release sector is reflected in the strong relationship which has developed through working with the national charity advant~age. Because of the extensive choice of Equity Release plan now available, the role of the independent adviser or broker is essential for assuring that the most suitable plan, if any, is chosen. In this regard, Ian’s nomination for the British Mortgage Broker Equity Release Award is very much deserved and Bower look forward to hearing the results on the 10th July.