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Tales From The Frontline – Frontline communication

Another ‘Tales From The Frontline’, this week Sheffield based Martin Parry talks about the challenges he’s faced working with his predominately NHS staff client base. In any relationship, good communication is key, and during a pandemic, how much more so! Our front line as Sandringham advisers, cannot be compared to the heroic efforts of NHS […]

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Tales From The Frontline – House arrest!

This ‘Tales From The Frontline’ finds Sandringham Paraplanner Cathy Roberts adjusting to life under ‘house arrest’. So, as my header suggests, I’m one of the ‘at high risk’ people the government deems must be very anti-social, even towards their household members, for at least 12 weeks.  I received my letter advising of such on the […]

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Considering your next move? – becoming a restricted adviser is not the only option

Recent freedom of information (FOI) requests conducted by FTAdviser have raised concerns over the state of the UK financial advice industry, showing that the number of IFAs has fallen for the first time since the Retail Distribution Review and a total of 1,681 firms have cancelled their authorisations with the regulator since January 2015. Restricted […]

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Tales From The Frontline – Business almost as usual

In this ‘Tales From The Frontline’ Sutton-based Nick Wells tells us how he and his wife Tracey are using lockdown to focus on Wealth Platform and annual reviews. We are in the ‘lucky’ position (although Tracey may not agree!) that we work together in a self-contained office 10 minutes-walk from home, so self-isolation has not been […]

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Tales From The Frontline – Jay Leno’s Horse

In this ‘Tales From The Frontline’ Sandringham’s Chief Operating Officer Tim Grey reflects on lockdown resiliency, business meetings and Jay Leno! I’ve been no stranger to working remotely and  in recent years found that I’m most productive in sporadic bursts, and unsuited to sitting in the same place for more than a few hours, unless […]

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Tim Sargisson: The difference between advice firms that grow and those that don’t is customer retention

It is widely accepted that firms in the strongest place before this crisis that continue to support their clients during this time will be best placed to get through this, writes Tim Sargisson, who says the important message to keep in touch with clients has been a constant theme during the Covid-19 crisis… Clearly the […]

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Tales From The Frontline – Golf!

In this week’s Tales From The Frontline, Advising Partner Jan Axten-Rice tells us about her positives and negatives of lockdown and hails the return of golf!  Yet another sunny day in North Gloucestershire!!!  We’ve been so lucky with the weather and I feel blessed that I live in the country with great dog walks and […]

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Tales From The Frontline – Surely Not!

In this special edition of Tales From The Frontline, Sandringham Paraplanner Jessica Brundle gives us a staff eye view of the lockdown and comes to a realisation about her kids. Exactly two months ago, as lockdown loomed I gathered the Paraplanners and crammed in 1:1s before it would be too late, using the time to […]

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Adviser Professional Indemnity (PI) costs continue to soar

It was back in February 2019 that we wrote a blog about the unforeseen consequences of giving good advice in high risk areas. In particular, the difficulty and costs in obtaining PI cover for those advising on pension transfers. You can read the original blog here At this time, we were seeing many advisory firms […]

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FCA publishes a revised business plan

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has issued a much shorter version of its 2020-21 business plan and changed its immediate priorities and plans for the year ahead, to rise to the new challenges posed by the coronavirus crisis. Immediate focus The regulator said it would immediately focus on ensuring that financial services businesses know what […]

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A successful transition from restricted to independent

In 2017, Sandringham transitioned from a restricted advice model to offering independent advice, a process that was relatively smooth as we had never subscribed to vertical integration. We are now one of the UK’s fastest-growing IFA firms, with 179 advisers, managing around £1.69bn for over 9,000 clients and we were thrilled that 80 of our […]

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Tales From The Frontline – Strange Days

In this week’s Tales From The Frontline, our Dundee based Partner Chris Robertson talks about the importance of keeping in contact with clients during these extraordinary times. If someone had said to me 40 years ago (1st April 1980 to be precise) that I would be writing this at 3.00am on a laptop in 2020, […]

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