Customers in a dim over pawnbroker closures

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Customers of a High Street pawnbroker are being left in a dim after branches were sealed and calls unanswered.

AB Pawnbrokers (Albemarle Bond) and Herbert Brown stores have sealed their doors, and a website says “this store” has ceased trading.

Owner Speedloan Finance has nonetheless to make it transparent either any of a 116 stores will sojourn open.

The pawnbrokers’ trade physique strike out during a firm’s unanswered helpline.

“Their preference to downscale UK operations is a vital matter for a association though [we have] voiced regard that a communication of their actions to their business falls next a standards approaching of a members,” a National Pawnbrokers Association (NPA) said.

“In sole we are many unfortunate with a fact that business can't get by to a helpline. We have demanded that a government of a association solve this as a matter of urgency.”


Pawnbrokers concede business to offer something profitable as confidence for a loan, or buy equipment such as trinket and antiques. They lend income quickly, though customarily during a worse rate than banks.

Stores also mostly offer other financial services such as banking sell and shopping gold.

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The association pronounced that any equipment pawned in AB stores will be eliminated to a executive store, and can be redeemed or sole by this operation.

“If your equipment are lapsed or due to expire, greatfully note we will not take any movement with your equipment until we pronounce to you,” a website said.

“Unfortunately, we were incompetent to hit all business before to a closure date. We apologize for any nuisance this has caused.”

Albemarle Bond was determined in 1840.


BBC News has been incompetent to hit anyone from a association to explain a border of a closures or a reasons for them.

The regulator, a Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), pronounced it was wakeful that companies operated by Speedloan had sealed stores.

“We are wakeful of a emanate and we are intent with a firm,” a FCA said.

The Financial Ombudsman Service pronounced it had perceived calls from undone business incompetent to get by to a association and were disturbed about their items.

Customers can hit a association on 01865 798114 that is a dedicated hotline. If business are not happy with a response from a company, they can hit a Financial Ombudsman Service to protest on 0800 023 4567, or a FCA patron helpline on 0800 111 6768.

How does pawnbroking work?

  • Customer “pledges” an item, such as a bullion ring for a set duration of time, customarily 6 months
  • Pawnbroker gives 50% to 60% of a item’s value as a money loan
  • Customer pays 7% to 8% seductiveness each month
  • An object can be redeemed during a loan duration by profitable behind a strange loan and any seductiveness adult to that point
  • If a patron can't repay a loan during a finish of a understanding a pawnbroker sells a object and earnings any over-abundance to a customer

More information is accessible from a National Pawnbrokers Association. Consumer recommendation on pawnbroking is accessible from Citizens Advice and a Money and Pensions Service

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