Buckles is looking to take on at least ten experienced, RDR-ready IFAs as business volumes begin to return to pre-crunch levels.
The Rhyl-based firm has, in recent years, boosted numbers via a graduate recruitment and training programme but is now looking at established advisers to bring "balance" to the business.
"We are just trying to get back on track and catch up a bit after the recession," says chairman Nigel Speirs. "Our hiring drive is a recognition markets are positive and business levels are improving."
Buckles, Wales' largest IFA, currently has 22 trainees on its books in addition to 40 advisers who are products of its graduate programme. This year alone, the IFA has taken on 20 graduates.
"We have lots of graduates but want to bring in more balance," adds Speirs.
"We are now looking for advisers who are not going to have an issue with the RDR. We are seeking people who already have QCF Level 4, are on their way to getting it or have the required ability to get there."
Meanwhile, Buckles is holding ongoing talks with several smaller adviser firms as it continues its strategy of acquiring the businesses of retiring IFAs.
Speirs says there have never been so many buying opportunities.
"There is a lot of activity in the consolidation market - more than I have ever known. With the RDR only 26 months away, I think there will be a further speed-up in consolidation programmes."
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