Mortgage & Finance Arena, a Derby-based company which specialises in mortgage and financial support for businesses and individuals, has merged with long-established adviser Howard Thomas.

Mortgage & Finance Arena in Prime Parkway has been established for 13 years and offers a broad service to encompass commercial and residential mortgages, loans and financial advice.

Managing Director Suzanne Bradshaw heads a team of seven advisers and administrative staff with a nationwide client base.

Howard Thomas has been a commercial broker for 27 years including 19 years as a director of the UK’s largest firm.

He has particular expertise in the licensed trade and has also developed a residential client base as an independent business over the past eight years.

Suzanne Bradshaw said: “We are delighted that Howard has joined Mortgage & Finance Arena and this marks the beginning of a wider programme of expansion for us.

“Howard’s many years of experience and expertise further strengthens and broadens our already well-respected service so we can find the right solution for our clients to meet their needs.

Mortgage and Finance Director Michelle Mackenzie-Cooper continued: “We are one of the few companies covering commercial and residential mortgages as well as finance and insurance support for both businesses and individuals.

“This recognises that companies are run by individuals and that there are many cross-overs between business and individual finances – particularly when it comes to mortgages and raising capital.”

Howard Thomas added: “The high volumes of client work we are undertaking demand a bigger team. In considering the best solution for our clients it was an easy decision to join forces with Mortgage and Finance Arena.

“Our two firms are the most active members of The National Association of Commercial Finance Brokers in Derby. We are both truly independent and unrestricted on which lenders we can use, making Mortgage & Finance Arena very well positioned to offer the ever increasing range of financial products available.”

“I have known Suzanne and Michelle for many years and know we share common values of quality of service, putting clients’ interests first to find the right solutions to meet their needs.”