Ardent IFA Limited

Independent Financial Adviser  80 Clifton, York, North yorkshire, YO30 6BA
First meeting at adviser's own cost
We help our clients to live the life the want without ever having to worry about running out of money.
We can advise you on
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Annuity purchase
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Auto enrolment
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Pension consolidation
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Pension drawdown
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Pensions & divorce
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Pensions & retirement planning
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Pensions review
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Pensions transfer
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SIPPs
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Stakeholder
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Buy my next home
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Buy to let
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Buying first home
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Equity release
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Flexible mortgages
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High loan to value
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Mortgage protection
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Next home / Remortgaging
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Right to buy
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Self-employed mortgages
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Wealth management
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Ethical investments
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ISA / Unit Trusts / OEICs
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Investing for income
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Investment trusts
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OEICs
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Offshore investments
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Socially responsible investments
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Unit trusts
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Lump sum
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Regular savings
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Savings for children
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School fees planning
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Accident & sickness
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Critical illness
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Income protection insurance
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Life insurance
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Capital gains tax
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Estate planning
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Income tax
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Taxation planning
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Corporate pension
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Employee benefits
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Group Pension/Stakeholder
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Group Protection/Life Insurance
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Group critical illness
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Group income protection
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Group life insurance
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Group private medical insurance
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Group risk
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Long term care
Response rating
7.0/10
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FCA authorised
Last authorised 28th September 2020
Meet our advisers
Ruth Norman
Financial Planner

This qualification assesses a knowledge and understanding of the UK regulation environment in the financial services industry, equity release mortgage products, repayment options and the giving of mortgage advice.

To achieve DipPFS individuals must achieve 140 credits. At least 80 credits must be at Diploma or AFPC level.

Michael Oglesby
Director & Financial Planner

This qualification assessed the knowledge and understanding of the UK regulation environment in the financial services industry together with types of mortgage products and repayment options and the giving of mortgage advice.

This qualification assesses a knowledge, understanding and application of the different types of long-term care insurance.

This examination assesses a knowledge and understanding of the different types of equity release products, risks to the consumer associated with equity release and application of suitable equity release solutions according to the circumstances of different customers.

This qualification assesses a knowledge and understanding of the financial services industry including: regulation and ethics, personal taxation, investment principles and risk, pensions and retirement planning, financial protection

Accreditations
Care advice standard Later Life Accredited Adviser Retirement advice standard
Gary O'Brien FPFS MCSI ACII
Managing Director and Chartered Financial Planner

To achieve the Fellowship grade, individuals would be required to have 10 AFPC (Diploma) units or equivalent. This shows a commitment to continuous professional development.

In order to have completed this qualification, individuals were required to obtain three units. These could have been selected from any combination of the available units at that time but must have included the compulsory G10 unit - Taxation and Trusts.

Having achieved the APFS designation, advisers can go onto to achieve this recognisable benchmark of quality and ethical practice for financial services professionals, elevating financial planning and advice in the public eye to the same standing as other Chartered professions. The holder must demonstrate a combination of experience, financial qualifications, ongoing educational activity (continuous professional development) and ethical behaviour.

This examination assessed a knowledge and understanding of the UK tax system, the law and practice of trusts, but also an ability to advise individual clients on the tax treatment of their investments and the use of trusts to meet their current and foreseeable future needs.

This examination enhanced general pension knowledge, particularly in pension transfers and opt-out business.

Associate members are those who have gone on to secure more advanced qualifications by completing the Advanced Diploma in Insurance or its predecessor the Associateship. This shows a commitment to continuous professional development.

This examination assessed a knowledge and understanding of investments and an ability to advise individual clients on the construction of investment portfolios to meet both their current and foreseeable future needs.

This examination assessed specialist supervisory knowledge and skills in the regulatory environment.

This examination demonstrated that the individual has a knowledge and understanding of all financial planning aspects of running a business and an ability to advise clients appropriately.

MCSI membership is full membership of the CISI, and denotes a high level of achievement and competence. It is awarded to those with a suitable combination of qualifications and experience

Accreditations
Chartered Financial Planner
Mark Fisher
Director & Financial Planner

This qualification assesses a knowledge and understanding of the UK regulation environment in the financial services industry, mortgage products, repayment options and the giving of mortgage advice.

This qualification assesses a knowledge, understanding and application of the different types of long-term care insurance.

This examination assesses a knowledge and understanding of the different types of equity release products, risks to the consumer associated with equity release and application of suitable equity release solutions according to the circumstances of different customers.

This qualification assesses a knowledge and understanding of the UK regulation environment in the financial services industry, mortgage products, repayment options and the giving of mortgage advice.

The Diploma enhances knowledge in core areas such as regulation, investment principles, risk, taxation and personal financial planning using real-life scenarios to develop the essential skills to apply this technical knowledge in practice

This qualification assesses a knowledge and understanding of the financial services industry including: regulation and ethics, personal taxation, investment principles and risk, pensions and retirement planning, financial protection

This qualification assesses a knowledge and understanding of recent pension reforms and how the changes impact at-retirement advice.

What our clients say
The team at Ardent Financial Planning, worked with us every step of the way when we chose to update our pension scheme to the auto enrolment modes. Their advice was invaluable. Despite the complexities involved, they over saw a seamless transition to the new arrangement. Members of staff are delighted with their new pension scheme.
Rijk Zwaan UK Ltd, Pocklington
Of all the financial planning companies we approached, Gary at Ardent seemed to have the best understanding of what we wanted to achieve as a small, but growing business. He really helped us to prioritise our business protection package and introduced us to the possibilities for the future, so I am confident that our relationship will continue to grow as we do. Overall, the Ardent have been a pleasure to work with - keeping us well informed of our options and insuring that we have the information and tools we need to make important decisions.
Rob Colly - Plump Digital, York
Mark is exceptional. He is an excellent listener and understands our needs, both for our business and personal. He has always been quick to respond, thoughtful and proactive in ensuring we are managing our affairs well. He introduced the latest pension requirements to our team as well as working with us to sort out the best provider for our business. He has offered personal support to all of our team members. All of our family and friends have been introduced to Mark and we can't recommend him highly enough.
Graham Mallinson, York
About us

Ardent IFA is a York based company that specialises in providing both personal and corporate financial planning to personal clients and small to medium sized businesses on a local and national basis. In addition to this, we also specialise in mortgages and equity release.
We will give you honest and impartial advice that is tailored to suit the individual needs. We work on either a fee based or a commission basis and your first meeting will always be on a no obligation basis and free of charge.

Our services

We take the time to really listen to you, and build a clear understanding of your needs and aspirations and what you would like your financial future to be. Then we work closely with you to put in place the stepping stones that help you achieve your goals.

Where to find us
Head office address: 80 Clifton, York, North Yorkshire, YO30 6BA
Preferred clients
Minimum wealth (income/assets)
£100,000
Minimum pension value
£100,000
Minimum mortgage value
£0
Advice methods
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    Telephone
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    Online (Live chat, video, email)
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    Face to face
Compliance

Your home may be repossessed if you do not keep up repayments on your mortgage.

Response rating
7.0/10
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FCA authorised
Last authorised 28th September 2020

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