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Leader: Uncomfortable questions in the pursuit of clear fund charges

The journey to make fund management charges subject to proper scrutiny has been a long and often torturous one. Back in 2013, the FCA warned of complex, hidden fund management charges that made comparisons difficult. The Consumer Panel joined in on the act the following year, declaring it was “unacceptable” fund management costs were not […]

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Steve Bee: Give people early access to state pensions

The long-awaited Parliamentary debate forced by more than 140,000 signatures on the petition raised by the Women Against State Pension Inequality was held on 1 February. Following on from a previous debate held on 7 January, it really would have been more appropriate to have had it on 2 February – Groundhog Day. The Government’s stonewall […]

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Challenger bank eyes RBS spin-off Williams & Glyn

Challenger bank Secure Trust is weighing up a bid for Royal Bank of Scotland arm Williams & Glyn, according to City AM. Santander and BBVA are also tipped to bid for Williams & Glyn, which has 300 UK branches. RBS must sell Williams & Glyn by the end of 2017 under the conditions of its […]

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Smarter Business Innovators: Bradbury Hamilton’s Sheriar Bradbury

A big part of your growth strategy since you set up the firm has come down to acquisitions. What made you decide to go down that route? Before I moved into financial services I was training to be a chartered accountant, and I learnt a lot of their revenue was recurring. They did not have […]

Why prevention is better than cure

Quoting the famous adage, prevention is better than cure; there are many proactive benefits that can improve wellness in the workplace, decrease stress, increase staff morale and reduce absenteeism, as well as attracting and retaining employees of a higher standard. With a recent study showing that employees in Britain are working below peak productivity, preventative benefits can ensure you address potential health issues or causes of stress at their source and ensure productivity in the workplace remains at an optimum level. With this in mind, how are you using preventative benefits to help keep your workforce happy and healthy?

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