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MSS is an industry leader in providing technology‑led financial services for the UK property market, efficiently connecting consumers, lenders and intermediaries.

About MSS

Focusing on mortgage, insurance and surveying services, MSS creates a network to aggregate providers of property services, providing smaller firms with a level of scale that enables access to paid-for services and large lender contracts, not available to them directly.

Technological innovation is core to MSS’s success and it has continuously sought to revolutionise its markets, utilising data‑driven tools to optimise its value proposition to customers.

This provision of market leading service levels has driven significant growth over recent years, gaining share from its competitors. MSS has increased its EBITDA by 51% from FY17 to FY20.

 

Timeline

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1988
Stonebridge Mortgage Solutions is formed
Direct Valuations
1989
Direct Valuations is formed and becomes the valuation panel manager to First Direct
mortgageforce
2000
Mortgageforce is launched as a JV between Direct Valuations and Rob Clifford
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2002
In-house surveying business is launched
mortgageforce
2005
Mortgageforce acquired by West Bromwich Building Society, having grown to 125 outlets
Shepherd Direct
2007
Direct Valuations partners with J&E Shepherd surveyors to become Shepherd Direct
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2008
Shepherd Direct acquires moneyQuest mortgage brokers
SBVS
2011
SBVS founded as a joint venture with Sesame Bankhall Group to provide surveying services
Shepherd Direct
2013
Surveying market share reaches 10%
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2013
Number of AR firms in Stonebridge network passes 100
Pure Protect
2014
Insurance broker, Pure Protect, is partially acquired by Shepherd Direct
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2014
In excess of £1bn of mortgages brokered by Stonebridge per annum.
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2014
In-house surveying volume exceeds 50,000 jobs
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2015
Shepherd Direct acquires 49% stake in Stonebridge
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2016
Shepherd Direct rebrands to SDL Group
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2016
SDL Surveying secure shared panel management role for YBS
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2016
Number of AR firms in Stonebridge network passes 200
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2016
Stonebridge recruits first DA advisers
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2017
SDL Group increases stake in Stonebridge to 80%
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2017
Stonebridge exceeds 500 AR advisers (over 250 firms)
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2018
SDL Surveying wins surveying allocation from RBS
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2018
SDL Group increases stake in Stonebridge to 100%
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2019
MSS trading division formed
SDL Surveying
2019
SDL Surveying business rebranded
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2019
Stonebridge and Revolution businesses rebranded
SDL Surveying
2019
SDL Surveying becomes HSBC’s exclusive panel manager for surveying
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2019
SDL Surveying doubles surveying volumes with YBS and becomes exclusive panel manager
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2019
SDL Surveying has major allocation wins from Virgin Money and RBS

Our Values

We work in partnership with our network firms and back them to grow their businesses.

We share success with our people and back them to progress towards personal goals.

We create a better future for consumers by progressing their mortgage transactions efficiently.

As a socially responsible business that pioneers new technology, we create a better future for our planet.

We always give our customers the best advice and do the right thing by them.

We act with integrity towards our colleagues and do the right thing in difficult situations.

Our Team

Simon Jackson
Chief Executive Officer
A former COO of Aon’s retail division and operations leader at Egg, Simon has over twenty years’ experience working the financial services industry. He joined the SDL Group in 2007 to oversee operations and lead the surveying businesses, before becoming CEO of the newly-formed MSS trading division in 2019.
Rob Clifford
Chief Commercial Officer
Rob was previously MD of Virgin Money, Director at West Brom Building Society and CEO at national broker, Mortgageforce. He currently leads the financial services arm of the group, becoming Chief Executive of the Stonebridge business in 2019. Alongside this, he performs the group role of Chief Commercial Officer for MSS.
Heath Walker
Chief Financial Officer
Following qualification as a Chartered Accountant with a "Big Four" accounting firm, Heath spent fifteen years advising a range of quoted and unquoted businesses on their acquisition, sale and fundraising (debt and equity) strategies. Since 2011, he has worked as a CFO in a range of private equity backed businesses, covering sectors such as healthcare, infrastructure technology and engineering. He joined MSS in 2020 to support the business with its ongoing growth strategy.
Sarah Tuck
Chief People & Marketing Officer
Sarah spent eight years at Derbyshire Building Society before heading up moneyQuest for the Group. In 2016, Sarah transferred to a group role and is now responsible for HR & Marketing at MSS.
Carl Webber
Chief Technology Officer
Carl joined MSS in 2019 and is responsible for our technology functions and change delivery. Carl has experience of working in large corporates and startup businesses and had held several senior roles in financial services and retail businesses. He has previously been a Programme Director at ASOS, Homeserve and also spent a number of years working in the Middle East as COO for a retail financial services group.

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