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Pension show back on the road

Scottish Equitable is taking pensions direct to the IFAin another series of roadshows being held around the UK in November.

The roadshows will provide IFAs with the latest pension news and give ideas on new business opportunities.

Issues being covered include stakeholder and the new defined-contribution tax regime. State pensions, contracting out and pension sharing on divorce will also be discussed.

Experts will be on hand to give IFAs a summary of topical issues in the industry, such as the review of the minimum funding requirement and IPAs.

The roadshows will be presented by pension development director Stewart Ritchie and pension development manager Steven Cameron.

They are the latest in a twice-yearly series started by Ritchie more than 11 years ago. The last series of roadshows held earlier this year attracted 2,000 attendees.

The roadshows go on for around two hours and give CPD points accreditation.

They begin in Watford on November 6 and move on to 15 locations including London, Reading, Plymouth, Cardiff, Manchester and Edinburgh.

Ritchie says: “We are back on the road again and are looking forward to taking the latest pension developments to IFAs up and down the country.

“The current pension environment presents a host of business opportunities to IFAs and ScotEq will be doing all it can to help IFAs posit-ion themselves as favourably as possible to make the most of them.”

Pontefract-based IFA Yorkshire Investment Group sent 16 of its staff on a journey across the Irish Sea to raise money for a local hospice.

The staff were taking part in a race called the Dublin Dash to raise money for the Prince of Wales Hospice in Pontefract, West Yorkshire.

Teams of four had to make their way to Dublin and complete a variety of treasure hunt-style tasks along the way. They then had to be back in Pontefract within 48 hours of leaving.

Yorkshire Investment Group entered four teams (pictured right) which competed against other companies from across the UK.

Two of Yorkshire&#39s teams took gold and silver positions. But they were beaten to the bronze medal by four women from the Prince of Wales Hospice shop who were dressed as Pontefract cakes.

Yorkshire Investment Group chairman Hugh Heron says: “I would like to thank our professional connections, investment and insurance companies and staff who supported us with this charity fund-raising event. We expect to eventually raise more than £2,500 to be handed over to the hospice.”

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