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Scottish Provident

Top of the league for this category was Scottish Provident. The provider was second last year and believes this year&#39s win is justified due to its unparalleled big-hitting status in the marketplace. ScotProv head of marketing David Robinson says: &#34We took the decision in 1996 to specialise in the market, believing our previous range was too broad to take the business forward. Now we are many times the size of our nearest competitor and known across the whole financial services industry for our reputation for innovation.&#34

Pushed to second place was Scottish Widows. Its manager technical support Anne Young says: &#34Protection products remain a vital cornerstone of financial planning – and are a vital source of business for providers and IFAs alike. Over the years we&#39ve tried to combine competitive products with top-notch service levels so that IFAs and their clients feel they are getting value in every sense. Dialogue with IFAs will be key to this going forward.&#34

Legal & General maintained its last year&#39s third place position. L&G head of life insurance Peter Telford says: &#34We are delighted our efforts have been recognised again and pride ourselves on offering quality, innovative and competitively priced products.&#34


IFAs want life offices to come clean with Omo

IFAs are calling for the Government and the FSA to force providers intomaking people taking out annuities aware that they can shop around for abetter deal.By looking for the best annuity as part of an open market option, it ispossible to increase retirement income by as much as 30 per cent atpresent.IFAs believe pension companies […]

Investment View

I am not much of a football fan but last week definitely looked like agame of two halves. A lacklustre opening for the week turned into quitespring-like behaviour as technology issues shrugged off the gloom that hassurrounded them recently. I admit to becoming a little nervous over theprospects for our own technology conference due in […]

Zurich posters bid to build household name

Zurich is running a widespread advertising campaign to build its brand.The campaign is starting with 1,500 posters at road, rail and Undergroundsites and will develop into other media later this year. The posters willhave “attention-grabbing headlines and warm, inviting visuals”.The company says the campaign is the first step in establishing the brandas a household name […]

Don&#39t get caught in the web

This year will see ever more IFAs and financial services businessescreating websites and that is a good thing. But they will also be venturinginto a world of security risks, data protection responsibility, copyrightand intellectual property issues, with risks of seeing their own materialstolen or misused or of inadvertently misusing somebody else&#39s material.Even reproducing an article […]


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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