What's on my mind

Just another year or “the year”?

12th July 2016

Is it "business as usual" in your firm or is this the year that you want “to make it happen" - be that changes/improvements in your firm, a change in your lifestyle or even perhaps a decision to start to plan for an eventual sale? My point is that businesses are
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Compliance and the ‘business prevention’ barrier

7th June 2016

The two most angst ridden areas for intermediary firms are IT (principally back office systems) and compliance. If not appropriately configured and resourced, both can hold firms back from achieving their potential. In some instances, they threaten a firm’s very existence. This article focuses on the challenge of compliance but
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Why succession plans should not be kept secret

9th March 2016

For most us there comes a time when we begin to think about retiring or at least doing less. For those of you running an advice firm there are other people to think about: your fellow directors or partners (if you are not operating on your own), your advisers and
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The importance of detail

8th December 2015

The pressures placed upon the owners and senior managers of personal investment firms have continued to grow as a result of changes brought about by regulation. What some have failed to appreciate is what the consequences could be as a result of not paying attention to the detail when dealing
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Five key priorities for advisers this summer

15th January 2015

The summer holidays are a quieter period for many intermediaries and therefore provide an opportunity to reflect on progress and decide on the priorities for the months ahead. So what are the key areas you might want to think about considering the current regulatory and business landscape? 1. Your to do list It
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Writing & Speaking

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