Healthcare cash plan providers HSA and Leeds Hospital Fund are merging to form a combined operation controlling 45 per cent of the sector.HSA has 37 per cent of the cash plan market, primarily in London and the South-east, while LHF has a strong brand presence in the North, with about 7 per cent share.Despite their […]
The Government is pushing for the FSA to retain its powers within a single European market for financial services rather than contend with a supra-national regulator based in Brussels.The single market has been made “an urgent priority” for the forthcoming Barcelona summit and the Government has published a White Paper on European economic reform.In the […]
On the same day that the Queen was crowned, the news was released that Edmund Hillary had climbed Mount Everest.It sometimes feels that encouraging the use of e-commerce in our industry is an equally daunting task but the important thing to remember is that Hillary achieved that climb one step at a time.Although it is […]
Jelf Employee Benefits highlights new legislation, key requirements and policy considerations when structuring international private medical insurance (IPMI) for expatriate employees in Qatar. This edition will be of particular interest to global human resource directors, compensation and benefits specialists and mobility managers who have employee populations in Qatar.
Benchmark Capital, owner of the Fusion platform, the Best Practice network and IFA Aspect8, has taken a 49 per cent stake in fund ratings group Rayner Spencer Mills Research. The deal is subject to regulatory approval. Benchmark Capital, in turn, previously sold a 65 per cent stake to Schroders, with the asset management company upping […]
Investment firm Octopus has launched a tech-focused restricted advice business aimed at new-to-advice customers. Octopus Wealth will offer restricted advice using a range of products and services from within Octopus Group and from elsewhere. It currently has two advisers and is run out of a separate office to the rest of the group. The group says […]
The Pensions Regulator has opened an investigation into a case of suspected pension fraud worth £18m. The regulator believes some 370 people have been scammed into moving their savings into eight supposedly illegitimate pension schemes. In a joint operation between TPR and Essex Police two residential addresses in Essex were searched last week. A business […]