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Curtis Banks launches CPD On Demand hub
Self-invested personal pensions (SIPP) operator Curtis Banks has launched a CPD On Demand hub, offering advisers the chance to top up their CPD learning and knowledge at a time that suits them.
Following the firm's recent series of webinars, Curtis Banks has created an online hub where all of the latest webinar sessions can be accessed, including webinars on SIPPs and technical sessions on the likes of court cases and complaints and the lifetime allowance. Each webinar qualifies for 30 minutes of CPD and is fully accredited by the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment.
Curtis Banks head of sales Jon Haslam said: "We wanted to make sure that all of our CPD On Demand content was available to advisers at a time that suits them, rather than having to attend live sessions that may not fit within their business schedules.
"Our aim is to create content that is clear, understandable and includes examples of real-life client situations."
West Lancashire firm makes new hire
West Lancashire IFA Acumen Financial Partnership has hired Caitlin Jones as a receptionist, bringing the firm's headcount to 18.
The Swordfish Business Park office reopened earlier this month with staff split into two teams working flexibly making more space available for clients to meet with their advisers.
Acumen director Jon Landy said: "Against the challenging backdrop of recent months, it's great to be able to attract young talent who see their long-term future in the financial services industry.
"We have a strong record of bringing people into the company and backing them throughout their professional development journey."
Openwork Holdings appoints two women to board
Openwork Holdings, the parent company of adviser network Openwork, has appointed Anne Grim and Rosanne Murison as non-executive directors as it further strengthens its board.
Their appointments build on the transformation of Openwork's leadership team, as it focuses on the next phase of its strategy and development as an independent, adviser-owned business.
Murison has more than 30 years' experience advising multinational companies at board level. She is currently a non-executive director at Allianz UK, serving as chair of both the remuneration and nomination committee and the customer and conduct committee.
Grim has recently joined Metro Bank as a board director and brings more than 30 years' experience in senior financial services leadership roles at Barclays, Wells Fargo, American Express, Mastercard and most recently as chief customer officer at Fidelity International.
Corporate Chartered status
STM Group has acquired failed self-invested personal pension (SIPP) provider Berkeley Burke’s small self-administered (SSAS) scheme and its international pension businesses in a deal worth almost £3m.
With Bolton University
Demand for advice could increase
'Others will also lose access to advice as the market implodes'
Corporate Chartered status
Seneca Global Income & Growth Trust first to be included
Equivalent of £980,000 a day
'It is human nature'