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The chief executive of Aviva’s UK and Ireland Life business David Barral is to leave at the end of May after 16 years with the firm. Barral’s departure follows shareholder-approved Aviva’s takeover deal of Friends Life. Friends Life chief executive Andy Briggs will become chief executive of the enlarged UK and Ireland life business, subject […]

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Helen White: Firms need help with sick pay bill

Although the election campaign has only just officially begun, the de facto campaign feels like it got underway months ago. Over that time we have heard ad nauseam how each party will cut the deficit, whose cuts are fairer and who is better for business. The next government, whatever its hue, will have to prove […]

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Openwork launches chartered status study programme

Openwork is launching a study programme for advisers looking to attain chartered status. The Route to Chartered Status programme is open to principals, advisers and paraplanners. It will initially deliver face-to-face support at Openwork’s headquarters in Swindon, and subject to demand will offer face-to-face courses at a number of additional locations. Each advanced study module […]

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Innovation: More than just information

Providing factual information is one way to help advisers through the due diligence maze when selecting a discretionary investment manager. But Diminimis goes further than that. The firm helps advisers articulate what they need from a DIM to fit their clients and their businesses. It researches the market of more than 220 DIMs, produces a […]

Accidents will happen

Sarah Scott – Marketing Consultant  “Yesterday I witnessed an accident between a small family car and a huge lorry making deliveries in the city centre.” Luckily everyone walked away, shaken but physically uninjured and I’m sure thanking their lucky stars that the outcome wasn’t considerably worse.  Certainly, when you saw the comparative size of the two […]

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