A local mortgage and protection advisor has launched a new firm - Lavender Financial Management.

Sue Read, who has lived and worked in Henley-in-Arden and the south Solihull area for more than 20 years, started the new firm offering advice on residential and commercial mortgages as well as life and business protection.

Ms Read said: “It’s taken me a long time to take the plunge but I’m now incredibly excited by the prospect of running my own practice.

“Everything I’ve learned in over 25 years in financial services will enable me to bring the best of the best to this new venture”.

Ms Read said she was is keen to establish Lavender Financial Management as the regional specialist in the area of equity release mortgages.

“What makes Lavender Financial Management special is that we have the highest possible service and technical standards, enjoy an excellent reputation with lenders but still maintain a very personal, approach,” she said.