Santander Asset Management UK becomes latest sponsor

13 Nov 2013, the UK’s largest professional adviser search, has announced Santander Asset Management UK will join its list of sponsor companies.

Santander Asset Management UK will become part of’s premium sponsor group, made up of industry providers, which all pledge support to both the adviser community and the value of promoting advice to consumers.

This week Santander Asset Management UK has launched a new range of risk-targeted Multi Manager Portfolios.  This new range, the Santander Atlas Portfolios, is available exclusively to intermediaries and sold only through platforms in the UK.  The range has clearly differentiated levels of risk to suit varying investor attitudes in the medium to long term.  Distribution Technology has independently risk profiled portfolios 3 to 7 on its 1-to-10 scale. Furthermore, the Santander Atlas Portfolio range has been benchmarked against funds across the UK by independent, financial research company, Defaqto, and has received a 5 Diamond Defaqto Rating for providing a well-balanced proposition across features and charges.

Since the start of 2013, has seen a strong demand for whole of market advice, reporting an 18% increase in visitors to its ‘find an adviser’ search, year on year. Its latest consumer research reveals more than half (52%) of people in the UK believe they would benefit from seeking financial advice, presenting encouraging signs for advisers and their services amidst a changed advice-industry setting. 

Rob Askham, Santander Asset Management UK, Commercial Director, said:As an industry provider we understand the crucial role that professional advisers play in enabling people to make confident financial decisions about their investments.  In an increasingly challenging financial market highlighting the value of advice and the work does in promoting the industry becomes even more important, and we’re proud to be a sponsor.

Client needs are changing, and using our experience of building investment solutions for over half a million retail clients in the UK, we have developed a range of funds exclusively for intermediaries.  The launch of the Santander Atlas Portfolio range is built on the successful track record of our Global Multi Manager Fund Management team, led by Tom Caddick and Toby Vaughan.”

Karen Barrett, Chief Executive of, continued: “We are seeing the ‘financial advice proposition’ go from strength to strength. More than half of UK consumers see value in whole of market financial advice and as the industry continues its efforts to effect change, we need to ensure that people remain engaged with the advice process.

“Our long-standing campaign has always been to raise consumers’ awareness of the key issues affecting their personal finances and to highlight the importance and value of seeking professional financial advice. We are thrilled to have the support of Santander Asset Management which will enable us to continue doing this.”


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