AXA Wealth and Architas have become joint lead corporate members of the Institute of Financial Planning (IFP) for the twelve month period from 1 July 2013.
As well as supporting the work of IFP throughout the year, their role will include joint lead sponsorship of the IFP's Annual Conference, which this year is themed "Back to the Future".
The conference is being held at Celtic Manor Resort, South Wales from 30 September-2 October 2013.
IFP chief operating officer Steve Gazzard said: "These are exciting times for the development of the financial planning profession as it continues to gain increasing recognition as a profitable and sustainable business model ideally suited to the post RDR world.
"We welcome the support and commitment of both AXA Wealth and Architas by becoming IFP platinum corporate members. We are really looking forward to working together with them over the next year to build an even brighter future for this thriving profession and for the clients that it serves."
Axa Elevate head of strategic partnerships Nick Lee said: "The IFP has been at the forefront of developing the professional standing and reputation of the financial planning profession.
"We have been closely involved with the IFP for a number of years. As we step up our commitment by becoming IFP's lead corporate member along with Architas for the next twelve months, we look forward to working even more closely with the IFP over that period."
Architas managing director Hans Georgeson said: "We fully endorse the commitment of the IFP to develop the financial planning profession.
"Since its launch over five years ago, Architas has built a reputation for delivering simple, transparent, RDR-ready investments, which have been embraced by financial planners across the country.
"As the lead corporate member for the IFP from July 2013 along with AXA Wealth, we look forward to working together with the IFP to further develop the profession and the investment knowledge of the financial planning community."
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