Bower, based at the Ongar Business Centre (OBC), are a national, multi award winning later life adviser company specialising in equity release and lending solutions for the over 55’s. As independent and experienced advisers, customers can feel safe in the knowledge that all options are explored with access to the best rates on the market. During the process clients are kept up-to-date with dedicated administrative support and comprehensive updates. Trust Honesty and Service is the core ethos at Bower as evidenced by the outstanding customer reviews and awards won over the 15 years the company has been offering advice.

Bower began operating in 2006 as Bower Mortgage Company, focused on advising and arranging mortgages and protection policies. Later that year, they expanded their services to offer advice on equity release and became Bower Retirement. The company moved from their small offices in Brentwood to a much larger space at OBC in 2011. Recently, to reflect the growing and diverse market Bower Retirement has simply become known as Bower.

CEO Geoff Charles grew up just fifteen minutes from the Ongar Business Centre’s location, in the village Havering-atte-Bower. The word ‘bower’ can mean ‘helter’ or ‘protection’, which is exactly what the company aims to provide to its customers. Being so close to where it all began, Ongar Business Centre seemed like a perfect location.

Bower Feefo awards

How Bower has benefited from their move

Bower has expanded from a handful of staff in their small office in Brentwood to a much larger team of head office staff and advisers nationwide. In 2016, Bower grew their services by launching Bower Private Clients for the more complex needs of clients with propertlcs in excess of £1,000,000 and Bower Partnerships who look after our partners whom require the benefits of our service. Bower has carried on steadily progressing to assisting the diverse needs of a much larger client base and market.

Awards and initiatives

Over the years Bower has won numerous awards including both industry and public voted for awards. All award information can be found here:

We are also extremely proud to have outstanding customer reviews on Feefo. Our five star rating and reviews can be seen here:

Additionally, Bower has often been quoted in newspapers such The Times, The Telegraph and the Daily Mail. As the company has grown, they have been able to launch initiatives to help give back to the local community and organise charity events. Bower has also created jobs and employed many staff in the local area for its head office as well as a team of advisers around the UK. Click here for more information about Bower

Bower supports the Saint Francis Hospice Charity

Saint Francis Hospice

About the Ongar Business Centre

The Ongar Business Centre (OBC) is a business incubation space in Ongar. It offers a range of accessible office spaces and conference rooms to provide supportive and conducive environments for start-ups and early stage businesses growing their businesses.

Hundreds of individuals, start-ups and early-stage businesses have taken their first steps on the road to success at OBC. The Ongar Business Centre aims to support and promote entrepreneurship, particularly with companies who incorporate elements of innovation in their business.

See here for more information about the Ongar Business Centre.