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Big profit rise for Helm Godfrey

Profits have leapt by 54 per cent for national IFA Helm Godfrey from 403,000 in 2005 to 620,000 last year. Turnover was up by 45 per cent from 4m to 5.8m.

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Adviser fees rising by 10% to pay for FSA staff training

Advisers’ FSA fees will rise by an average of 10 per cent to educate the regulator’s staff about the move to principle-based regulation, fund its IT outsourcing and bankroll its financial capability work.Aifa says the inflation-busting hike makes a mockery of the stated aim of the move to principles – to reduce the regulatory burden […]

Simply Biz adds 1,000 RIs with buy

SimplyBiz has bought Glasgow-based adviser services provider Compliance First in a deal that sees it increase its adviser client base by a third.Around 1,000 registered individuals, representing 205 adviser firms, use Compliance First, giving the combined group 4,000 advisers.Compliance First was owned by managing director Eric Ronald and another unnamed individual. The purchase price has […]

Industry under fire over pension freedoms

By Jamie Clark, Business Development Manager, Royal London Recent articles in the media have raised concerns about the new pension freedoms. One perceived problem is that across the industry, trustees and providers are not necessarily allowing people to take full advantage of the pension freedoms in situ. This is backed up by a recent survey by […]

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