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We’re super excited to announce our very first paraplanner has been awarded certification to The Paraplanner Standard™!

Reece Edwards of Nottingham-based Hampshire Hill Group has achieved Certified International Professional Paraplanner™ (CIPP) status and we couldn’t be more proud!


In Reece’s own words:

‘Being the first paraplanner to be certified is a huge honour and an achievement I am very proud of. On a personal level, it has given me, as a Paraplanner, something to work towards each year in order to continue to improve. This is something I have felt has been missing within the Paraplanning community for some time. As time goes on, I feel like Paraplanners are going to become more and more important within financial services and would love to see more and more employers give their support to their paraplanners, as Hampshire Hill has done for me. In all honesty, the assessment itself with Michelle and Andrew was an enjoyable experience and the feedback given was constructive and helpful. Working within a firm with BS8577 and with 4 investment advisers with ISO 22222 gave me a huge “leg-up” in terms having processes in place in order to achieve the standard but the support I have been given from the firm has been invaluable and now I look forward to progressing and improving through my long (very long!) career.’


Read more about Reece’s appreciation for the standard and his experience of the assessment process in Professional Paraplanner.

Do you treat your team like you treat your clients?

Read Michelle’s article in Illuminate here.

Take time to plan your business strategy…

Michelle outlines in Citywire  why it’s key to take time for vital planning

Why you need to reconnect with your purpose…

Read why this is so important on Illuminate here.

Have you got what it takes to be a leader?

Running a business in financial services is no walk in the park! Here Michelle explains how to tackle common leadership hurdles.

Setting the standard…

Michelle discusses the benefits of quality standards in financial services for IFA Magazine.

One of our lovely clients, Nicola Watts of Jane Smith Financial Planning, explains to Financial Planning Today  how she has achieved her dream of  finding  work-life balance.

Watch here and contact  us at to turn this into an opportunity.

The WOWW! Hour™

Watch as Little Miss WOWW!™ catches up with Iain Mackie of Fraser Wealth Management.