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CBK principals Peter Chadborn and Andy Baker have taken the plunge to raise money for charity by skydiving from 10,000 feet.

After 30 seconds of free-falling, they parachuted down and landed intact 10 minutes later. Chadders has raised 851 for the NSPCC so far but is hopeful that the tighter sponsors among you will cough up more.

“Dave’s our internal restaurant guru, I can always ask him.”

NU’s Louise Soulsby on her colleague David Gwyer’s culinary expertise

“I had Alasdair Campbell on the sofa.”

BBC news 24 reader Kate Silverton at an industry awards ceremony

“I want some chippy chippy chips.”

A rival editor gets his dinner order in early

“There are some things I just do not want to know about our members.”

Bankhall’s David Golder as he unwittingly entered the hotel’s au naturel spa in Berlin.

“I bet you got to drink more Champagne at ours.”

Positive Solutions’ Daniel Harrison on a rival firm’s conference.

“I was going to suggest we just get a bottle of whisky and sack off the afternoon as it’s raining but it’s stopped now so we’d all best go back to work.”

Fundsnetwork’s Rob Fisher tries to skive off internal planning meeting


Waist not

The Diary left the Institute of Financial Planning conference in rainy Leicester last week in a state of outrage at the terrible bullying inflicted on jovial IFP chief executive Nick Cann throughout the two-day affair. In a particularly unpleasant session, a Selestia representative continually compared the IFP’s esteemed leader with Tinky Winky – by some […]

Trustees get some leeway on age rules

Pension trustees look set to get more leeway on age discrimination rules following a move by the Department for Work and Pensions. The regulations have raised concerns among employers and trustees that they could be breaking the law and leave themselves open to legal action simply by making age-related contributions. Stakeholders successfully lobbied for a […]

Symponia aiming to orchestrate over-65s

Long-term-care specialist network Symponia is expanding its business to cover all areas of financial planning for people aged 65 and over. The network is aiming to become the leading financial advice group in the UK for elderly people and will offer advice on areas such as equity release and inheritance tax planning. Symponia was initially […]

Scot Wids announces FundsNetwork deal

Scottish Widows have announced a deal with Fidelity FundsNetwork in a shift to a full open-architecture approach for its new Retirement Account.Scottish Widows customers and their advisers will have access to the platform’s choice of over 1000 funds through the new product from January next year.The provider says the offering is part of a wider […]


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