30 November 2017

Profile: Why Blue Sky’s boss set up advice in a coffee shop

Five years ago, Blue Sky Financial Planning managing director Gary Neild set up a coffee shop. But this was no ordinary coffee shop. Alongside a mouth-watering array of cakes and Belgian chocolates, The Coffee Lounge at Local Epicentre offers people in the West Moors area of Dorset advice on financial, legal and tax matters. “A lot of people thought I was mad – setting up a coffee shop […]

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Kim North: Relaxed regulation can close advice gap

“It’s life, Jim, but not as we know it.” This Star Trek phrase from almost 40 years ago may ring a bell for advisers today in more ways than one. We are all living lives not seen before, powered by technology, social media and integration of different cultures. The Englishman’s castle is no longer his […]

Ros Altmann

Ros Altmann: Peer pressure to improve consumer protection

Some exciting legislation has just been through the House of Lords. Thanks to dedicated work by peers across all sides, the Financial Guidance and Claims Bill includes significant improvements to consumer protection in connection with cold-calling, help for vulnerable people, rescheduling debts and regulation of claims management companies. The Bill aims to merge guidance bodies […]