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Mystery as Mitchell quits for AssureSoft

Mystery surrounds the defection of communications head Nicola Mitchell

from The Exchange to become sales and marketing director of DBS software

arm AssureSoft.

Legal teams for both firms are believed to be examining the circumstances

surrounding the move. Both parties refuse to comment.

Mitchell will be responsible for corporate sales, marketing and PR at

AssureSoft which provides an internet portal for IFAs.

Before becoming communications director at The Exchange, Mitchell was PR

manager at Axa Equity & Law and headed two personal finance PR

consultancies. She has more than 10 years&#39 experience in financial


AssureSoft says the appointment is part of its commitment to invest in

marketing. It has earmarked a marketing budget of 1.8m over the next year.


SPI regulatory blunder over US plans

Scottish Provident&#39s offshore arm has written to around 100 IFAs informingthem their customers must surrender their policies because of a regulatoryblunder.Isle of Man-based Scottish Provident International has been left with eggon its face after it discovered it had sold policies into the US in directcontravention of Security Exchange Commission regulations.SPI&#39s mistake was discovered during an […]

Women in the industry lag behind men on pay

Women working in financial services are trailing behind men in the pay stakes.A survey conducted by City-based headhunters and acquisition brokersSeers, entitled Women in Insurance, reveals that women are paid 13 per centless than men on average.However, women are climbing further up the corporate ladder than beforeand, once in senior positions, they tend to hold […]

IFAs and life offices slam pension sharing deadline

The Pension Schemes Office is under fire from IFAs and life offices overits deadline for the inclusion of pension sharing on divorce provisions fornew schemes.The deadline for the new provisions, which must be included in all newpersonal pensions and occupational schemes, has been set for this week.But providers and IFAs were only made aware of […]

Britannic stirs the waves with new brand of &#39EFA&#39

IFAs have criticised Britannic Assurance for muddying the waters betweentied and independent advisers by dubbing the upmarket end of its tiedsalesforce as EFAs.IFAs are concerned the public will confuse Britannic&#39s new group ofexecutive financial advisers with fully independent ones because of thesimilar acronyms.The life office says it aims to recruit 270 EFAs by the end […]


Case study: administration — implementing a management log

Our client is a leading video game and publishing company best known for its console role-playing game franchises. The client provides a number of benefits, at varying levels and cost that attract a P11d liability. With the absence of a management log to track data for benefit movements, enormous administrative and therefore cost implications were occurring each year just to comply with P11d reporting requirements.


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