Tracey Dixon, Founder of Pure Mortgage & Protection

Offering honest, straightforward and friendly mortgage and protection advice

I started off working as a bottle washer in a Dorset pub at the age of 13. My talents were being wasted though (my words, not theirs!) and I quickly progressed up to waitress.

I always had a job throughout my teens and worked part time in a boutique whilst studying for a degree in Criminology and Social Research.

After graduating, I went to stay with my dad on his dairy farm in France. That summer, I wanted to learn two things: how to milk a cow and how to speak French! Mission (sort of!) accomplished, I then taught English as a Second Language in Paris and Clermont-Ferrand. After three years away, I missed the British sense of humour, but I only lasted a couple of months back home before jetting off to Turkey to become a travel rep.

When I returned, I did a brief stint with Ann Summers before settling into a less racy role: trainee optical assistant at Boots the Opticians! By the time I gave birth to my daughter, I’d been made a team leader at Boots the Chemist.

I was in a bad relationship and so I left Scarlet’s father when she was just six months old. Temporarily without a home, I was also demoted at work after a management reshuffle. I felt desperately depressed, but I dug deep into my reserves of inner strength. I sorted out accommodation and, in time, successfully applied for another team leader role – only my heart wasn’t truly in it.

By then, I’d met my partner online and moved to be with him in Wales. I took a job on the tills at a building society, but what really caught my imagination was mortgages! Here was an exciting challenge: helping people to buy their first or forever home. I self-financed my studies and gained a CeMAP qualification in 2015 – later adding protection services to my offering as an independent mortgage broker.

In less than three years I’ve made it onto the list of the ‘Top 10 Financial Advisers in Wales’, as chosen by ‘The Times’. My dream is to open a High Street shop in Abergavenny and I truly believe I can achieve it.

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