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Women’s group opens to all types of adviser

The Women’s IFA Group is opening its membership to all types of adviser following depolarisation and changing its name to the women’s financial adviser group.

Wig has around 1,000 members but founder Fiona Price believes numbers could triple in five years as it brings whole of market, multi-tied, tied and mortgage advisers into the fold.

Price believes that, following depolarisation, the organisation can be used as a forum for different sectors of the advisory community to discuss their experiences, survey their options and increase the opportunities for best practice and career development.

The women of the year awards will give a prize in each membership division.

Price says: “We must embrace the changes in our sector and align ourselves with the new order of things in the depolarised world. Staying segregated and closing the ranks in a very defensive manner is purely based on fear. It is essential that we collaborate with all parts of the sector and find out what different people are doing and why.”

Equal Partners managing director Vivienne Starkey says: “After depolarisation, maybe fewer people are going to be able to call themselves IFAs. I do think it is a good idea and it is beneficial to have people from all areas as members.”

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