Finance Awards 2020

8 | Finance Awards 2020 Oct20750 Options Mortgage Centre Blackpool: Most Dedicated Mortgage & Protection Advisors - NorthWest England Options Mortgage Centre Blackpool was originally formed by Richard Tingey who’s still a Partner Adviser today. The original company was set up from a Layton home office in 1996, with Rick borrowing the money to form the company and get a Consumer Credit License. After a year of arranging mortgages and introducing life cover and protection needs to Eagle Star, Rick soon realised he would need to deal with the insurance and investments needs of all of his clients personally. He then joined Lincoln National at Preston where he studied his Financial Planning Papers under the CII for FPC. It was whilst working towards his qualifications that Rick met with Trevor Thompson, then acting as regional sales manager at Lincoln. Over the following twelve months, they worked closely together and later moved onto heading up an office with Canada Life in the same region for a further year. After qualifying and leaving Canada Life, Rick and Trevor jointly set up The Tingey & Thompson Partnership and moved into dealing with all areas of mortgages, financial planning and investments. Rick was also an assistant manager with a Bradford & Bingley Agency which also had links to Estate Agency work and later took on a similar role within the Furness Building Society both of these based out of Blackpool. During their time in Blackpool the duo took on another partner, Phil Brewer, and formed another linked business - Options Mortgage Centre (OMC)- in 2000. OMC retained all of the established clients and was, at this point, the one and only main business and focus going forward. The OMC partnership is still trading today although only Richard Tingey and Graham Wilson remain at the company due to the retirement of Trevor earlier this year. The team still work from their head offices in Blackpool, are still using the same telephone numbers, are part of the same IFA Network and have retained most of the original staff members from the company’s establishment some 20 years ago. Graham Wilson joined OMC in 2013, utilising his hard-earned experience as a Senior Mortgage & Protection Adviser with Santander. Graham had built a steadfast friendship with Rick via IFAP and shortly after, became the youngest business partner to date at the company. Ultimately, Graham brought a desire to succeed, hard work, diligence, a customer focus and great determination to improve on an established successful practice. Since joining the team, Graham has been instrumental in the ongoing growth of OMC and has spearheaded the modernisation of the company for the digital age. Today, Options Mortgage Centre has a live client base in excess of 8000 clients and has an annual T/O of £1.5 million pounds. OMC has over 30 full time staff members, advisers and support staff and has won National IFA Network Awards every year for the last 5 years. Needless to say, the future looks very bright indeed for this leading mortgage firm, as it looks to further reinforce its undisputed expertise in the England’s financial market. Company: Options Mortgage Centre Blackpool Website: Telephone: 01253 294480