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You can win £5k in our Sofa awards

Inside every IFA copy of this week&#39s Money Marketing is an entry pack

giving you the chance to win up to £5,000 by entering the ultimate

financial planning awards – the Money Marketing Sofas.

Money Marketing has teamed up with the Society of Financial Advisers to

create the industry&#39s premier financial planning awards.

For the first time in an awards scheme, all entr-ants will be given

guar-anteed feedback on their entries to ensure that the awards integrate

with other continuing professional development activities.

The awards are based on a series of hypothetical case study scenarios,

prepared by Taxbriefs for Sofa.

The seven categories include planning for retirement, planning for your

home and planning for lump sum investments.

The top three from each category will go forward to be considered for the

top Financial Adviser of the Year category.

There will also be two corporate awards aimed at IFA networks and national

IFAs, designed to honour the firm or network&#39s commitment to


The awards will be presented at a spectacular gala dinner at the new

Millennium Britannia Hotel in London&#39s West End on September 28.


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The Katz whiskers

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