Bankhall is not for sale, according to joint chief executive Paul Hogarth, despite fierce market speculation that it is being sold off.The support services provider has faced internal upheaval following £70m of business being written off as goodwill by Skandia Sweden last year. Bankhall is currently valued at £110m, having been sold by Skandia for £180m. Last month, its network arm Investment Strategies Limited closed in a streamlining operation, with 638 registered individuals given the option of going direct or finding another solution. Industry sources say they are not surprised that rumours have started and this would be the third time that Hogarth and his partner Simon Taylor have tried selling back the business. Hogarth says: “We are not for sale, nor have we any plans to be. The goodwill write-off could be rec-ouped in any manner of ways. It is not necessarily just by sale.”
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