Lowell has announced changes to its Group Executive team. Current Group Chief Risk Officer, Sara de Tute, has been appointed to the UK Board as a new Non-Executive Director (NED), she will be succeeded by Laurence Bogni-Bartholmé, who joins the Group from Wells Fargo. After five years with Lowell, current Group CRO, Sara de Tute,…

Lowell has announced that it has delivered a quarter of strong growth in the Q2 period, 1 April to 30 June 2017. Lowell says operationally, these results have been underpinned by the continued commitment to people, strong governance, process improvement and extensive data capabilities. Financial Highlights 28% y-o-y increase in Cash Income to £143m 18%…

The Central Bank of Ireland has released Ireland’s Money and Banking Statistics for June 2017. Here is an overview of the main findings. Irish resident household deposits increased by €1 billion during June 2017 to stand at €99.5 billion. The annual growth rate in the series is now 3.7 per cent, the highest seen since 2008.…

Debt Recovery law form Ascent Performance Group has announced a new partnership with Francis Hanna & Co, allowing Ascent to provide its full range of services across Northern Ireland. The move gives Ascent the widest UK geographical coverage of any debt recovery law firm. Ascent already operates in England, Wales and Scotland. The relationship will be based…

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has published proposals to extend the Senior Managers and Certification Regime (SM&CR) to almost all regulated firms. The new regime will essentially replace the Approved Persons Regime. The aim of the new regime is to reduce harm to consumers and strengthen market integrity by making individuals more accountable for their…

The Credit Services Association (CSA) has secured an agreement with Royal Mail to bring the Test & Innovate Scheme (TIS) to the collections industry. TIS is an incentive for trying new ideas in mail applications that could prompt higher response rates from customers. These range from changes to letter content and layout through to envelope changes…

Italian banks could take 10 years to reduce their level of non-performing loans (NPLs) to the European average according to Morgan Stanley, adding that setting up a “bad bank” could help. A recession that ended in 2014 saddled Italian banks with 349 billion euros (305.94 billion pounds) in impaired debts, one-third of Europe’s total, while…

Collections Conference (UKCCC), the Credit Services Association’s 2016 flagship event, has been named Conference of the Year by the Trade Association Forum (TAF) in its Best Practice Awards 2017. The award judges were looking for an outstanding event which featured ‘particularly relevant and informative content specific to the audience’, as well as utilising ‘innovative technology’…

Lowell has announced two senior appointments to its UK executive team. Bill Flynn, joins as Group General Counsel & UK Chief Risk Officer from Wonga Group, where he was Group General Counsel. Flynn joined Wonga in 2015 where was responsible for steering the business through an intensive period of regulatory scrutiny. This culminated in the business…

The Credit Services Association (CSA), the voice of the UK debt collection and purchase industry, has revised and relaunched its Code of Practice to incorporate new Principles of Business. The new revised Code continues to promote best practice in terms of collections activity, and also details what the CSA expects of its members in terms…

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