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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 Hanham

Elite Financial Consulting Ltd

Park Edge, 359A Church Rd, Bristol BS5 8AQ, UK – 0117 955 3791

I first came into contact with Alex Parker from Elite after him being very highly recommended from a work colleague who Alex had helped with a mortgage. My wife and I met with Alex as we needed impartial advice on what would be the best move for us financially regarding our mortgage and buying a second property. To say Alex was awesome, is an understatement. He always spoke with us in a friendly and welcoming manner, and always strived to explain matters in a down to earth way that we could understand. Alex sorted our mortgage and re-mortgage effortlessly and kept us informed every step of the way, making the whole process seamless. Furthermore, after health issues in my past, it was becoming nigh on impossible to find a company that would offer me life insurance, again Alex was AWESOME. He really went so far above and beyond to help me and find a company that would finally offer me the cover I required. Alex is a friendly, funny, warm, straight up guy that we feel very blessed to have met. Both my wife and I, would 100% recommend Alex and Elite Financial Consulting to anyone looking for sound financial advice. 5☆ Outstanding Service, from start to finish. Alex, thank you so very much.

Fantastic service. We were first time buyers and our FA was really informative and helpful from start to finish. Definitely felt like he was going above and beyond to help.

Independent Financial Advisory Service

2 Tower Ln, Bristol BS30 8XT, UK – 0117 961 8222

Bespoke Independent Financial Advisers Ltd

New World Business Centre, Station Rd, Warmley, Bristol BS30 8XG, UK – 0117 370 4213

Click for excellent Money Saving Expert advice on choosing an Independent Financial Adviser (or IFA) around Hanham.
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Crowd Funding and Business Loans

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NatWest Bank

778 Fishponds Rd, Bristol BS16 3TX, UK – 0345 788 8444

Staff are super friendly and helpful but there is only three counters for what seems like a very busy branch. Also their computer systems seem to crash a lot. Cash, cheque and coin deposit machines available. They have a coin counter machine that gives you a paper receipt that you have to get in the queue with. You can make appointments and pre order change bags online to speed things up.

Long queues. Not enough counters. However staff is very friendly and they do whatever they can to make you feel comfortable and help you out. They have self service machines for depositing cash and do daily banking however not very private. It is very small inside. I have seen people queuing outside the bank some times. But as I say it is not the fault of the staff but bank policy to cut the staff and customers have to suffer

Lloyds Bank

41 High St, Bristol BS15 3DQ, UK – 0345 300 0000

The customer service we received today was exceptional! We had an appointment to discuss opening a new account and we were offered a tea or coffee by the friendly lady who greeted us, I've never had that in a bank before! Karen who met with us was incredibly nice and even though we were unable to open an account in the end as we didn't have proof of address, she tried every avenue to help us get this and was so lovely throughout the whole thing even after it was clear that we wouldn't be able to sign up. All the customers who came in while we were there were treated like old friends and it is clear that good old customer service is the highest priority at this bank.

Very helpful and friendly staff! Excellent facilities ( paying in machine and staff operated access to internet personal account!)


27 Regent St, Kingswood, Bristol BS15 8JX, UK – 0800 554 0430

Great staff lovely and friendly

Lovely little branch.



90 Regent St, Bristol BS15 8HS, UK – 0345 788 8444

Most of the time you can find perfect , friendly and helpful staff in here. If you need car park you can use some places near the bank but you need few minutes walk.

Friendly and nice. Steps outside to get in

Barclays Bank

78 Regent St, Kingswood, Bristol BS15 8LD, UK – 0345 734 5345

Great for people with normal to comfortable amounts of money. Helpful and polite staff. ATM outside has a regularly updated state of the at CTV security camera which has unbreakable glass and plastic. ISA is very good for people with normal to comfortable amounts of money as there is a high interest and low tax on certain amounts of money being taken out. ISA helps build money if you have little as well.

Staff always friendly, never seems to be enough of them!

Lloyds Bank

102 Regent St, Kingswood, Bristol BS15 8HT, UK – 0345 300 0000

Friendly staff and quick service. Having used this branch of Lloyds for many years, I had to visit on 5th July as I had a problem with a third party account, which I could not resolve. As it happened the manager was there, I explained my problem and in 5 minutes the problem was sorted out to my satisfaction. Kingswood Lloyds has always been a pleasant enough place to do your banking, but my experience today was the icing on the cake. Well done and would recommend. ps if you find this review helpful, please give it a 👍

Staff have always been very helpful. Big thanks to Lorraine Jane Deb Claire & Sam

Building Societies


15, Regent St, Bristol BS15 8LP, UK – 0117 948 9401

Love it ! Ive worked here for over 25yrs and hve always considered it the Best one in Bristol. We have the best Custs too who hve been loyal to us for yrs and yrs. Great shopping Ctre to be a part of as well. Its all excellant. 🙅

Best branch with excellent customer service I've ever been to. Can't fault them at all.


27 Regent St, Kingswood, Bristol BS15 8JX, UK – 0800 554 0430

Great staff lovely and friendly

Lovely little branch.

Mortgage Brokers

The Mortgage Advice Co

619 Fishponds Rd, Bristol BS16 3BA, UK – 0117 939 1100

Ians a fantastic man. Puts all his effort to arrange a mortgage and to provide a good advice. We have known him for 15 yrs plus. Now my siblings have taken on his excellent service to climb up the property ladder. Thank you Mo from Reading..

Omnis Financial Solutions

15 High St, Bristol BS16 5HA, UK – 0117 956 8267

Very fast and professional service, all queries were dealt with efficiently with good lines of communication. Highly recommended.

Hodgson Kearney Financial Services

64 Broad St, Bristol BS16 5NL, UK – 0117 301 4393

Great service. Helpful and trustworthy. Would Highly recommend.

Brilliant customer service, helpful, honest and down to earth.


Kingdom Mortgages

Station Road Workshops, Station Rd, Bristol BS15 4PJ, UK – 0800 161 3868

Very professional and informative. During the process of buying a house I've spoken to several mortgage advisers from different agencies and Russell was by far the most helpful and honest. Despite the fact that our case was somewhat complicated he always offered good advice and patiently walked us through the entire process. Excellent service. I would recommend to anyone.

I would recommend Kingdom Mortgages to anyone. Russell has done amazing job! Always in touch, every step well explained! Exceeded our expectations! Kept his eye on everything so nothing went missing. Very happy with what we achieved! Thank you for all your help!

Gough Mortgage & Protection

Unit 19, Douglas Road Industrial park, Douglas Rd, Bristol BS15 8PD, UK – 0117 908 5349

Absolutely superb service from Paul as usual. A very knowledgeable and helpful adviser who takes time to learn about his client's needs and imparts his knowledge in an easy to understand way. Would highly recommend!

Paul and Stacey are great people to know and know the Mortgage market inside and out

Hadley-Clarke Mortgages

7 Loop Rd, Bristol BS16 9QS, UK – 07748 800587

We go through the mortgage process very regularly as Property Investors. Zoe has recently sorted out four mortgage transactions for us including for our personal mortgage on our new home and I can safely say it was the most pleasurable mortgage experience ever. It's not every day you find a knowledgeable broker who can access great rates, put themselves in your shoes and take the time to fully understand your situation to make it all as stress free as possible. Once you find a broker like this, you hold on tight, we certainly will! I highly recommend Hadley-Clarke mortgages. Zoe, thank you so much for all your help - on to the next...

I highly recommend Zoe. She helped us through a difficult mortgage application. Communication and assistance were excellent. Thank you

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