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Buildstore appoints new head of marketing

Self build specialist Buildstore has appointed Michelle Sim as its new head of marketing to boost its marketing, exhibition and communications team.

Sim, 29, is a graduate in communications and has worked in marketing in financial services, travel and tourism.

Director of marketing and product development John Hay says: “We are delighted to welcome Michelle to Buildstore. Her wide range of experience and marketing skills will be important in helping drive forward Buildstore&#39s strategic plan.”


Abbey brings Dubai arms together

Abbey National&#39s is moving its three Dubai-based subsidiaries, Abbey National Offshore, Scottish Mutual International and Scottish Provident International, into new shared premises to cut costs.This move is intended to increase efficiency by ensuring that all three groups share resources in all areas of the business to help with any further expansion in the Middle East […]

They think it&#39s all over…

While they may not have been as widely followed as England&#39s progress in Japan, the Pickering and Sandler reviews are being tracked just as closely by those in the financial services industry. Between them, they have the potential to turn pensions, savings and financial advice upside down and further unsettle the life of financial advisers.Still […]

ScotAm group pensions shut as Pru opts for fee-based IFAs

Prudential is shutting the door on Scottish Amicable&#39s group pension business to focus on sales through fee-based IFAs and consulting actuaries.All ScotAm&#39s group personal pension, group stakeholder and group money-purchase schemes will be closed to new business from the end of September in favour of Pru&#39s group contracts.ScotAm&#39s range of individual pensions will stay open […]

Aegon takes 50 per cent stake in Wentworth Rose

Aegon has taken a 50 per cent stake of retirement specialist IFA Wentworth Rose for an undisclosed sum with options to increase its share. Aegon says the move to buy the holding in the Surrey-based IFA with 46 RIs is the first in a major strategic decision to invest in distribution.

Unfinished business?

Pension specialist Fiona Tait gives an update on three big announcements from the 2016 Budget – Pensions Advice Allowance (PAA), the Lifetime ISA (LISA) and the pension dashboard. £500 Pensions Advice Allowance What’s new Under current rules it is possible to deduct an adviser charge from a defined contribution pension fund to pay for financial […]


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