Freaking out on Halloween

Oct 30, 2014 No Comments by
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The other day I was reminded by a friend about perhaps the biggest scary collective experience of our generation, when the BBC aired their Ghostwatch ‘documentary’ on 31st October 1992. This was a genius bit of television; recorded weeks earlier but presented as ‘live’ television, and using regular BBC presenters to give it credibility, the […]

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Time To Rise: Increasing Your Fees For Existing Clients

Oct 29, 2014 No Comments by
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At some point in the evolution of your business, you’ll come to the realisation that you need to increase your fees. It’s not a comfortable place to find yourself as a business owner, as often the realisation has come about because things are financially tight in some way. It could be as simple as a […]

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Do we want Auto Enrolment on Group Income Protection?

Oct 25, 2014 No Comments by

Pensions Auto Enrolment has been a great success. Government publicity has created inertia with high sign up rates to schemes so far. It’s created opportunities for advisers across the industry. Should the Government should build upon the success of Pensions Auto Enrolment and introduce a similar Auto Enrolment scheme for Group Income Protection? My latest […]

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This Week

Oct 24, 2014 No Comments
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Contrarian views this week from Phil Young & Chris Daems about the need for innovation. Calling for innovation is as futile as calling for evolution argued Phil Young, believing that there are more basic things to fix first, like simplified advice. On the other side sits Chris who sees a broken market, which needs innovation […]

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Four Candles, Hollywood marriage and why innovation is like a chicken omelette

Oct 23, 2014 4 Comments
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From all the TV and Film, and specifically comedy, I’ve ever watched there are only a few scenes which stick in my mind… The one where David Brent brings his guitar into the office. “He not the messiah, he’s a very naughty boy” and The brilliance of Barker and Corbett in “Four Candles” AsI read […]

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Where are all the “one stop” shops ?

Oct 22, 2014 No Comments

Within 1o minutes of driving from my home, I can be at brand new superstore, where I can buy pretty much anything I may need, from tomatoes to a TV, shoes to shampoo. It offers convenience and everything under one roof. The advent of Legal Services Act 2007 opened up the opportunity for professional service […]

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Yes! We’re all individuals!

Oct 21, 2014 9 Comments
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One of the busiest stands at the IFP Annual Conference earlier this month wasn’t in the exhibition hall. It was just outside one of the conference rooms, attracting a regular stream of Financial Planners between sessions. Was this a product provider giving away free pens or using a pretty lady in a pretty dress to […]

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We don’t need innovation

Oct 21, 2014 9 Comments
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A few months back there was a big fuss made over the FCA confirming that technology could be used to deliver advice. Of course, it made sod all difference, because it was nothing new and anyone familiar with the regulations already knew this. Regardless of the repeated calls for innovation, not least from the FCA with […]

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10 Questions For…

Oct 19, 2014 No Comments
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Ruth Sturkey of The Red House Ruth Sturkey, Gareth Marr and Linda Whybrow co-founded The Red House in 2007. The Red House is a great boutique-sized planning firm with a superb client base, which I believe is a reflection of Ruth, Gareth and the team. Like all great businesses, their commitment to 100% client care influences everything […]

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