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'Platforms should contribute to FSCS levy' - Ken Davy 'Platforms should contribute to FSCS levy' - Ken Davy

06 Apr 2017 Ken Davy

Ken Davy has called on platforms to contribute to the Financial Services Compensation Scheme's (FSCS) levy alongside advisers, in response to the regulator's consultation on the scheme's funding system.

Davy: providers should pay lion's share of FSCS fees Davy: providers should pay lion's share of FSCS fees

05 Apr 2017 Ken Davy

Product providers should contribute most of the running costs of the Financial Services Compensation Scheme, Ken Davy has said.

"'Steady as she goes' is best form of financial advice" "'Steady as she goes' is best form of financial advice"

05 Apr 2017 Ken Davy

Now that Theresa May has formerly triggered Article 50, are we going to make a dog’s breakfast of Brexit or can we look forward to dining at the Ritz?

Keeley Paddon: Top of the QROPS Keeley Paddon: Top of the QROPS

04 Apr 2017

Keeley Paddon outlines the practicalities advisers need to consider in the wake of the changes to the tax treatment of QROPS transfers outlined in last month's Spring Budget

NMBA gets apprenticeship approval from Skills Funding Agency NMBA gets apprenticeship approval from Skills Funding Agency

03 Apr 2017

SimplyBiz Group's not-for-profit training and development division has received direct accreditation from the Government's Skills Funding Agency to provide apprenticeship training.

A day in the life of... your client A day in the life of... your client

27 Mar 2017 Richard Ardron

Simply by changing your website you can tap into changing consumer behaviour...

"To boldly go where no robot has gone before" "To boldly go where no robot has gone before"

20 Mar 2017 Ken Davy

I am sure Star Trek would have flopped had it just been a bunch of robots exploring the galaxies; it needed great characters to bring it alive for its followers.

Nearly half of advisers think clients are being overcharged, survey finds Nearly half of advisers think clients are being overcharged, survey finds

15 Mar 2017 Tom Hegarty

Almost half of advisers think that some clients are overpaying for the value of service they receive, according to a survey conducted by SimplyBiz's New Model Business Academy (NMBA).

"Singing loudly over FSCS funding consultation" "Singing loudly over FSCS funding consultation"

10 Mar 2017 Ken Davy

In 1959, It’s Now or Never was a massive hit for Elvis Presley, selling more than 5m records and it is no exaggeration to say that it is now or never for you to have your say on how the FSCS is funded.

"The thorny issue of picking a finance body name" "The thorny issue of picking a finance body name"

02 Mar 2017 Ken Davy

In Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare wrote the immortal line: “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet.”  

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The vulnerability issue

December 12, 2017

Vital as it is to demonstrate compliance with the regulations on protecting vulnerable clients, writes Gary Kershaw, the FCA's guidelines really only formalise the warning signs advisers should be adept at reading.

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"Trouble finding an apprentice? Here's why"

December 06, 2017

Last week, we were informed of another stumbling block on the government’s disaster-filled path towards putting a viable apprenticeship funding plan in place.  

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"Enthusiasm, courage and goals lead to success"

November 27, 2017

By the time I left school at the age of 15, with no qualifications, I had been called a few choice names by my teachers and received many predictions about where my future lay.

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Staffcare relaunches as Zest and introduces cutting-edge employee benefits technology

November 22, 2017

Staffcare, one of the leading pioneers of the employee benefits market, today announced that it is relaunching its business as Zest and, simultaneously, launching its new benefits technology platform.

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