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The Free Money Advice Service has been setup by the government to provide impartial advice on most financial matters but is particularly good on Equity Release. 

Equity Release is a minefield but a necessary minefield! Get it right and older people can raise money on their property - potentially allowing them to afford to stay in their homes for the rest of their lives. Get it wrong and they can accumulate an enormous debt and effectively disinherit their children as the finance company claims their home in order to repay the accumulated loan when they die. The link below may help you decide whether this might be a useful route to go down. However just as importantly consider using a financial adviser.
This is a simple AgeUK Equity Release calculator which will help you find out how much an equity release loan would allow you to raise on your house.

Independent Financial Advisers - IFAs Colchester

Optimum Independent Financial Advisers Ltd

8-9 St Peter's St, Colchester CO1 1WD, UK – 01206 366700

Great Company! Highly recommend them. Honest advise and good service.

Richard Arnold Financial Management

15 Mile End Rd, Mile End, Colchester CO4 5BT, UK – 01206 364656

I always experience thorough, conscientious, reliable and reassuring services. Particularly single out Rob and recently now Mark too. Thanks.

Very friendly people and professional advice

RB Financial Advisers

The Colchester Centre, Hawkins Rd, Colchester CO2 8JX, UK – 01206 879559

RB Financial has handled my remortgages and protection for the last few years; I have been nothing but impressed. Communication is second to none and the advise I received was spot on. Have recommended to family & friends. Thanks again.

Click for excellent Money Saving Expert advice on choosing an Independent Financial Adviser (or IFA) around Colchester.
This is a revolution! We are used to going to a bank with a business plan and been lent money on very high rates of interest - but only under increasingly demanding conditions. Crowd funding is the public investing directly to the businesses - at all stages of their development. Crucially there is a huge range of projects and Crowd Funders. You could do worse than just read and then click some of the WiKi link below.

Crowd Funding and Business Loans

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25 High St, Colchester CO1 1DG, UK – 0345 788 8444

This is what you call a back with great customer service. My partner has just opened an account here and he said to me why don't i come with him to an appointment. I went along and WOW. Customer service and interaction with customers is just fab. I am with another bank at present who are also really good. Its nice to see banks that actually care. Well done :)

The staff are very helpful. They know all of their regular customers. It has recently been totally transformed and queuing for a long time is a thing of the past. Its very easy to get information.


45 Head St, Colchester CO1 1NW, UK – 01206 765153

Royal Bank Of Scotland


26 High St, Colchester CO1 1DQ, UK – 0345 740 4404

nice branch and staff are helpful when they're not busy. can do with more staff at busy times

I've had a huge problem with my mobile banking but after visiting this branch everything was sorted for me with completely no effort by two beautiful ladies form customer service.


Lloyds Bank

Boundary Rd, Colchester CO4 3SQ, UK – 0345 300 0000

Small branch but good service term time. Restricted hours out of term. Update 9/5/18 - Now found out closing for good leaving just one bank at University Colchester campus

Not very good at times plus for any major question they just advise you to go to the main branch!

Barclays Bank

1 Cotman Rd, Colchester CO3 4QJ, UK – 0345 734 5345

Can be very busy around lunchtime. Very handy for out of town banking.


22 Head St, Colchester CO1 1NG, UK – 0345 600 3934

I visited the branch on Saturday with a few issues with my online banking that google couldn't help! I asked for help and was put in touch with Kathryn who took myself and my partner into a meeting room - working in a customer service focused environment myself - I do believe feedback should be given when it is due - Kathryn has gone out of her way to find a solution to the issue I have had and has kept me updated throughout - she is an absolute credit to the team in Colchester, I did ask if there was a customer survey I could fill out but unfortunately not. She was incredible and I have every faith she will be able to resolve the issue which I'm currently being a guinea pig too! Professional, friendly, polite and a great Character, my partner is currently thinking about leaving her bank for Halifax. 5 stars is not enough!

I pop into this branch quite a lot as I work just around the corner. The staff offer such a good service. Kathryn and Tyler are a credit to the company.

Building Societies

Saffron Building Society Colchester

12b Culver St W, Colchester CO1 1JG, UK – 01206 549278

Friendly, helpful staff. Always.


10 Culver St W, Colchester CO1 1JG, UK – 0800 554 0601

Good trustworthy place

Amazing experience every time

The Co-operative Bank - Colchester

Albert Hall Building, High St, Colchester CO1 1JW, UK

Very helpful staff

Mortgage Brokers

Mortgages First

20A Strover House, 3ES Crouch St, Essex, Colchester CO3 3EN, UK – 01206 731800

Used them to buy our first home and they could of been more excellent. Quick to respond to eveything and absolutely no hassle.

Getting mortgage arranged can be a very tough task.. I am so pleased that I went for my mortgage with mortgages first. At every stage I am been getting update for my purchase, from start till completion. A truly professional team who follow up your case at every stage. I truly recommend mortgages first, anyone who needs to get the mortgage arranged has to go with mortgages first for a hassle free process. I thank everyone from the team for the kind of service I have received for my purchase of property. Many thanks.

Mortgage Eye

61 North Hill, Colchester CO1 1PX, UK – 01206 507575

Did an outstanding work for me. Warmly recommended!

Do Mortgages Limited

Thomas Court, East St, Colchester CO1 2TR, UK – 01206 762795

Thorough and unbiased advise. Took time to explain all options and ended up saving £££


Fosters Financial

Colchester Business Centre, Hawkins Rd, Colchester CO2 8JX, UK – 01206 911401

Charlie at Fosters Financial was amazing. We had a few difficulties trying to get a mortgage at a good interest rate and lower then our current mortgage. Our circumstances did not fit with alot of lenders criterias but Charlie did not give up and even after one lender agreeing and then dropping how much they would lend us, Charlie managed to find a lender that would give us enough and still at a good interest rate. We have now remortgaged and although it was stressful it was no fault of Charlies he would explain everything and speak daily to keep us up to date. We have used other brokers in the past and none of them could help. We would recommend Fosters Financial 100% and Charlie is the most reliable, helpful, experienced broker we have ever met.

Abbotts Countrywide

113 High St, Colchester CO1 1TB, UK – 01206 430075

My family and I are moving from Canada back to the UK and Abbotts Countrywide were a fantastic help. We located a property and with their professional help and outstanding customer care we were able to secure the property while still in Canada. The customer care went well above and beyond what we expected. We want to thank Brady (Senior Manager) and Tara (Senior Letting Negotiator) and the team for their proficient assistance and care. We would highly recommend this team to help find a property to buy or let. Thank you all!

After renting for a year with Abbots, we are signing on for another 2 years. I feel this says a lot in its self. They have made everything very easy, from viewing the property and moving in, to sorting out any issues that might arise in the property (I must say we have had no major problems with the property, just general problems that needed minor fixes). Dealing with Brady we have had an experience where we were treated as individual customers and didn't feel like another one on the conveyor belt. Another plus point is that every time we have been in the office Brady has know us by name, and been fully aware of what property we are letting and any different communication we have had. All a very positive experience letting with Brady, through Abbotts lettings

Colchester Mortgage Solutions Ltd

62 Oaklands Ave, Colchester CO3 9ES, UK – 01206 366007

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