A weekly account of the curious goings-on in the world of financial services
Shades of pink
When Just Retirement merged with Partnership, market watchers eagerly awaited any steps towards a potential rebrand.
In the end, the companies formerly known as the above opted for a streamlined moniker, Just.
But what really caught the eye was a lovely shade of pink they selected for their logo and marketing material. A market insider now tells WGJ that not only did the rebrand cost the firm around £2m, but a slight hiccup has cropped up with that pink hue; it cannot be replicated in PowerPoint because the presentation program’s colour palette does not accommodate it. Just saying…
There are just so many people to keep track of in the financial services world and while everyone is valued, WGJ would rather they didn’t change their looks too dramatically.
Informed Choice Independent Financial Planners’ Martin Bamford seems to sport a dramatically longer and wilder beard daily, and WGJ is not so sure we could recognise him out on the street. Not that WGJ expects to bump into many familiar faces now we’re in Croydon.
Postcard Planning’s Rohan Sivajoti is the latest of Money Marketing’s industry friends to change things up, having shaved off his luxurious, long locks for charity.
WGJ was pleased to learn more than £2,000 was raised for the Durham-based Chris Rushworth Testimonial and Solan Connor Fawcett Family Cancer Trust in the shaving event that we hear also included Big Brother winner Anthony Hutton.
Well done all.
Out of context
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Tom McPhail of Hargreaves Lansdown credits Theresa May for moving quickly following the end of Game of Thrones
‘Normally I like to come on stage with a little pair of red horns…’
Goldsmith Financial Solutions’ Hannah Goldsmith on being labelled “the antichrist of financial services” after a presentation on fees
‘I can be sober by Saturday’
Canada Life’s Andrew Tully prepares to give comment to the press
Separated at birth
Santander head of financial crime Andy Dobber
English rugby player and Royal Family member Mike Tindall
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