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During the conference, which attracted over 200 advisers, they announced that even with considerably fewer advisers in the past 12 months mortgage business had increased by 14% in the past year, with a smaller rise seen in protection, pensions and investment.

Max Wright, chief executive officer, opening the conference, said: “Twenty years ago not many people would have guessed that we would be where we are today when so many other networks have disappeared.

“But I can firmly say we are ahead of the game both in terms of having highly productive quality advisers and also in being well prepared for what lies ahead, for example with the challenges of MMR.”

Robert Sinclair chief executive of the Association of Mortgage Intermediaries said the mortgage market is “now at a stronger position than at any time in the past 6 years.”

He said the biggest challenge for trade bodies was to keep control of supervision, and that the AMI are working closely with both the CML and IMLA to support the need for greater provider transparency in the post MMR marketplace.