(l-r) Ian Atkinson, SunLife’s director of marketing, Carol Vorderman and Dean Lamble, SunLife’s CEO Andrew Thirkill, executive chairman of Age Partnership
The news follows the announcement that the company has landed a lucrative deal to work in partnership with financial services giant SunLife.
Leeds-based Age Partnership is creating 40 new jobs following the announcement of a partnership with financial services giant, SunLife, to launch its equity release service for the over 55s.
The SunLife Over 55 Equity Release Service, which is being promoted by TV star, Carol Vorderman, is aimed at educating over 55s about the potential for, and benefits of equity release.
Andrew Thirkill, executive chairman of Age Partnership, said: “With the rise in house prices over the last 20-years, a significant number of over 55s are now sitting on a large amount of property equity which they can release to enjoy in their retirement years.”
The anticipated uptake of the service, combined with the growth of Age’s over 50s offering, has led to the Thorpe Park company currently recruiting for 40 new positions – the majority of which are Leeds based, and cover a broad spectrum of roles including mortgage advisors, financial planners and customer-focused phone-based positions.
In addition to the Leeds vacancies, it is also recruiting for 20 field-based equity release advisors in various locations throughout the UK.
“The potential for the new service, and the equity release market as a whole, is absolutely enormous,” added Thirkill.
“This is reflected in the steps we have taken in recent months to ready ourselves for this projected market growth, which have included the doubling of our flagship office to 38,000 sq ft, and the plan to create 200 new jobs in 2018 alone.”
Carol Vorderman was chosen to be the face of SunLife’s Over 55s Equity Release Service campaign, as she was seen as the epitome of someone in their fifties who’s making the most of life, and who can show customers how the benefits of equity release, “can really add up”.
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