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Painting town blue

Local businesses taking advantage when their town is descended upon by conference folk is only to be encouraged.

But not all companies appreciate what their potential punters are in the market for. Such an elementary error was not made during the Tory party&#39s annual conference, however, when the local branch of lap-dancing and pole-dancing club Spearmint Rhino sent out fliers welcoming the Conservative Party to Bournemouth.

Featuring a blonde bombshell on the front, the fliers and VIP entry passes went down a storm.

A quick call to the club&#39s management confirmed that business had indeed boomed over conference week. Must be some sort of weird coincidence…


Berkeley tops network survey

Berkeley Independent Advisers has topped a survey of satisfaction among IFA network members for the seventh year.The annual survey, carried out by Henry Samuels Marketing Services, rated the level of satisfaction on 11 criteria through telephone interviews with 425 network members from the 13 main networks.During the interviews, carried out in June and July, members […]

Bigger role for Young

Misys head of mortgage services Andy Young is having his role extended to negotiate deals with lenders for all its five networks.Young, who joined last year from Zurich IFA, previously managed mortgage business for the 4,000 advisers in Misys&#39 IFA Network, Countrywide, Kestrel and Financial Options networks but his negotiating responsibilities will now cover DBS&#39s […]

The hard facts on retirement

The combination of the 20 per cent dividend tax on pension funds, falling returns, new accounting standards and the employer&#39s open-ended commitment to make up whatever shortfall the actuary deems to exist means we have a pension system with no future. Reduced National Insurance rebates add to the lethal cocktail of legislative and market conditions. […]

Titans clash over with-profits

Standard Life&#39s head of with-profits marketing David Hare will clash with Skandia co-founder Paul Bradshaw over the future of with-profits in the first of a series of financial services debates to be held on Wednesday, October 30.The debates, hosted jointly by Money Marketing and the Financial Services Forum, will take place in front of an […]


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