As 2005 draws to a close, Friends Provident International (FPI) is as busy and successful as ever. ...
As 2005 draws to a close, Friends Provident International (FPI) is as busy and successful as ever.
The business is continuing to grow and to develop a host of new opportunities. But this growth is certainly not an expansionist free-for-all. It is considered and progressive, as well as carefully targeted at those areas where genuine long-term growth can be fostered.
And 2006 will see more of just that kind of considered growth and development, all supported by a parent company - Friends Provident - which has publicly stated its ambitious plans for international business. An ambition made flesh by the acquisition of Lombard International just 12 months ago. Watch this space.
Back to 2005, much of this year has seen work continue on systems development at FPI. This work is due to complete by the end of 2005. Development has gone very well and, we are on track to deliver all the benefits this multi-million pound shared system development has to offer. This would not have been possible, of course, without the highly trained and motivated staff within FPI.
The FPI product and fund range has grown significantly this year. Towards the beginning of the year we launched Zenith, a single premium bond with enhanced investment potential designed with today's sophisticated investor in mind. Also launched more recently was Premier Ultra. This new product is targeted exclusively at wealthier investors seeking a regular savings plan with a substantial range of flexible benefits.
As well as the launch of these new products, 2005 also saw us launch a special offer - Premier Plus Extra, with its enhanced allocation.
And more news is set to come on the regular savings front, continuing to prove our commitment to this important market - and ample evidence that FPI is going from strength to strength.
FPI has formed many partnerships over the past year, enhancing our investment options and joining forces with various fund platforms. Working closely with FundsNetwork and Selestia, FPI now offers even more investment flexibility and choice, with extra punch added to the personal bond product range. And in the Middle East, through our Dubai sales and marketing office, our partnerships with a range of distributors continues to grow apace.
So as 2006 approaches, FPI can focus on expanding its fund and product range as well as a number of other exciting projects that are underway. I am confident that 2006 will be as successful, if not even more so, than 2005.
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