Armstrong Watson Financial Planning & Wealth Management

Independent Financial Adviser  First Floor East, LA9 4UB
First meeting at adviser's own cost
We believe in working with our clients to provide them with proactive financial advice tailored to them.
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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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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National savings
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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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Healthcare
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Income protection insurance
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Life insurance
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Payment protection 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 25th May 2020
Meet our advisers
Amanda Heys DipPFS
Financial Planning Consultant

This qualification assesses a knowledge and understanding of the financial services industry, including regulation, legislation and the Code of Ethics.

Chris Hill
Chartered Wealth Manager

This postgraduate finance qualification covers the areas of securities, investment, compliance, derivatives, corporate finance and operations. It provides flexibility and choice, enabling candidates to concentrate on areas relevant to their chosen career path

Accreditations
Certified Financial Planner
David Squire APFS
Chartered Financial Planner & Director

This examination assesses a knowledge and understanding of the Government’s simplified pension taxation regime which came into full effect on 6 April 2006 (A-Day). Eight tax regimes for pensions were reduced to one, radically affecting planning and transactions.

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.

To achieve the Associateship grade, individuals would be required to have 6 AFPC (Diploma) units or equivalent. This shows a commitment to continuous professional development.

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.

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

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 assessed knowledge and understanding of income generating options and applying the knowledge to retirement planning situations.

This examination assessed knowledge and understanding of the range of investments available for planning of pensions and to be able to apply the construction of a pension portfolio management for a client.

This AFPC module provided an advanced knowledge of life and health protection. The October 2004 examination qualified the individual to advise on long-term care insurance.

This examination assessed knowledge and understanding to analyse and evaluate a client’s circumstances and financial needs and produce a holistic financial solution based on an in-depth knowledge of financial services products.

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 examination assesses a knowledge and understanding of investment products and the risks involved.

This qualification assesses a knowledge and understanding of the UK regulation environment in the financial services industry, long term care insurance products and the giving of long term care insurance advice.

Accreditations
Chartered Financial Planner
About us

We're a Chartered Financial Planning firm part of the Armstrong Watson group. We have offices across Cumbria, Yorkshire, Northumberland and Scotland.

As no two people or businesses are the same, our approach is to step into our client’s shoes and see their situation from their perspective, which provides us with a clear understanding of their aspirations and objectives. This helps us shape our independent financial advice and provide an effective, personalised planning service to all our clients.

We believe in working with our clients to provide them with proactive advice and solutions.

Financial advice isn't often a stand alone activity and where relevant, we're able to work with other specialists from the accountancy, tax and business advisory areas of our group to ensure solutions are tailored specifically to your circumstances.

Your initial meeting is at our cost and provides you with the opportunity to ensure that you are comfortable working with us and for our Financial Planning Consultant to establish your needs and objectives and make an assessment of the work to be undertaken.

We'll explain all costs which will be payable for our advice and services but won't charge you until we have agreed it with you.

Our services

With an ever increasing range of financial solutions available and information which can be accessed far more easily, the challenge is how to identify the right strategy.

This is where we work with clients to ensure they have a clear plan, focused on achieving their goals and aspirations.

Our qualified independent financial advisers have access to the whole of the market and have the expertise to help you develop your business and personal financial strategies.

We’ve been providing bespoke financial planning advice for over 30 years. Visit our website to see our client testimonials and download our quarterly magazine.

Where to find us
Head office address: First Floor East, Bridge Mills, Stramongate, Kendal, Cumbria, LA9 4UB
Preferred clients
Minimum wealth (income/assets)
£50,000
Minimum pension value
£50,000
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
Response rating
7.0/10
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FCA authorised
Last authorised 25th May 2020

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