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Chadney Bulgin acquires pensions specialist

Chadney Bulgin has acquired Berkshire-based pension specialist Pension & Wealth Planning.

The move follows the purchase of the pensions and investment business Chandos Rose in 2008.

The new operation will continue to operate under the Pension & Wealth Planning name and will have access to all Chadney Bulgin services.

Joint managing partner Martyn Griggs says: “We have been looking at ways to strengthen our investment and pensions offering and believe that the incorporation of the team from Pensions & Wealth Planning Ltd will help us take our business onto the next level. We aim to establish the Pensions & Wealth Planning name as a leading investment brand.”


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