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Bland Blankart

This award recognises the best use of technology by an IFA in a world where technology has an ever increasing role. IFA Bland Blankart came out top. Hargreaves Lansdown was hot on its heels followed by SMA Consultants in third place.
Bland Blankart director Simon Hellier says: &#34This award recognises the vast strides taken by Bland Blankart in uplifting our IT platforms to meet the challenges of the internet and stakeholder. We are facing and meeting the technological standards set by today&#39s business environment and this award is an endorsement by our peers of our excellence in this area.&#34
Hargreaves Lansdown chief executive Peter Hargreaves says: &#34We have the best website, the most in-house technology people and we did the biggest multimedia mailing ever, so we cannot understand why we are only second. We spend more money on technology than the next three brokers put together.&#34


Julian Gibbs

When does a 10.25 per cent gross yield give a better return to basic-rateand higher-rate taxpayers than 11.5 per cent gross? The answer is when itis provided by the innovative new Extra Income and Growth Plan 3 from NDFAdministration, acting as plan manager through a Dublin company backed byAbbey National Treasury Services.A basic-rate taxpayer pays […]

LIA wants grants to grow under IFAs&#39 feats

The LIA is bidding to secure Government grants for IFAs studying for theAdvanced Financial Planning Certificate but not everyone in the industryis backing the move.LIA president Peter Sprung is making a 1m application to the Europeansocial fund to help IFAs working towards professional qualifications.Public affairs director John Ellis says the LIA hopes that grants can […]

TMO hands out a marketing toolbox

The Mortgage Operation is offering marketing tools to IFAs to promotetheir firms and compete against the big operations in the mortgageindustry.The TMO marketing toolbox is being made available to the company&#39s 7,500registered brokers. It includes information on mortgage providers andgives them marketing help.Marketing director Josh Cooper says: “Generally speaking, TMO&#39s 7,500clients do not have the […]

Friends Provident backs ethical investing

Friends Provident is lending its support to the campaign lobbying companies to address concerns over human rights, chld labour, and environmental pollution.To this end the insurer has announced it will invest its £15bn of equity assets only in companies with a good track record in these areas.The move places Friends Provident at the head of […]


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