Swindon-based mortgage and protection broker company, TED Mortgages, is celebrating three years in business.
The independent mortgage brokers first came to life in May 2018 when mortgage expert Tom Brennan decided to start his own business. He was joined a year later by former colleague Chris Blackwell, now a fellow director of the company. They made the early decision to base their businesses from their respective Swindon homes and to grow the business using an associate model.
When the pandemic hit, the pair were concerned that their business would suffer with the uncertainty; however, it thrived - something which Tom and Chris are thankful for.
"After this crazy year where our lives have been so disrupted, we're so thankful to be in business and for our business to be thriving," Tom said. "We know we offer exceptional service and we really care about getting the right mortgage for our customers and that dedication is showing in our business growth."
Over the past few months, two new experienced professionals, Daniella Black and James Harris, have also joined the home-based team of mortgage experts to help cope with demand.
"I believe that having been able to grow our team to four experienced mortgage and protection advisers is an important key milestone in our three years in business," said Tom.
Continuing to reflect on the past three years, Tom said that one of the things he has learned is that you cannot do everything on your own.
"Having other people with different experiences and knowledge working together as a team will help overall with the development of the business. That is why Chris and I welcomed Daniella and James to our growing team.
"On occasions, it has been necessary to outsource projects such as re-branding. I originally did my own very basic logo design when starting out, but later using a professional like Mike Land of Nickel Design, meant we were able to create something that looks significantly better and helps with the identity that we want to stand behind."
Chris said: "We are also incredibly proud of having attained 150 reviews on Google with an average rating of five stars! I think this must make us one of the most Google-rated mortgage brokers in Swindon. I'd like to thank everyone who has helped us along the way to date – from clients to business colleagues to suppliers. It’s been hard work yet so worth it."
Tom said: "The market is very hot at the moment and it's not due solely to the stamp duty holiday, though that has helped. I believe that this extraordinary year we've experienced has prompted people to make different life choices around working from home, where they live and what they want from life."
He says the pandemic has made people value their 'down time' more, so another valuable lesson that he has learned over the three years he has been running TED Mortgages is that: "It's very easy to get swept into working 15 hours a day seven days a week when it's your own business, but it's just not sustainable.
"The last thing you want to do is burn out and undo everything you've worked so hard for. It's very important not to over-work yourself and take time out."
TED Mortgages is a specialist, independent, fee-free, certified mortgage brokers that will work with their customers with a 'whole of market' approach that is tailored to each person's circumstances.
Recently the TED Mortgages team has sponsored the Swindon St George Rugby League team that play in the West of England Rugby League, as well as the Wroughton Youth Football Club under-8s Wolves team.
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