Bridgewater Financial Services Limited

Independent Financial Adviser  Suite 7 Chester House, Sale, M33 7BP
First meeting at adviser's own cost
FREE INITIAL CONSULTATION We offer a highly professional service, independent of any product providers that is 100% focussed on client needs.
We can advise you on
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Annuity purchase
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Auto enrolment
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Defined benefit
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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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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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Critical illness
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Income protection insurance
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Life insurance
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Estate planning
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EEA
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Rest of world
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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
Response rating
9.0/10
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FCA authorised
Last authorised 8th August 2022
Meet our advisers
Mr Christopher Wicks ACII FPFS Chartered Financial Planner Chartered MSCI
Managing Director

This qualification assesses a knowledge and understanding of investment products and the application of the investment advice process.

This examination assesses a knowledge and understanding of the various pension products, the pension tax regime and retirement needs.

This exam accesses understanding of the financial services and their regulation.

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.

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.

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.

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 financial services industry, including regulation, legislation and the Code of Ethics.

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

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 qualification assesses a knowledge and understanding of an ability to analyse pension and retirement planning issues.

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 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.

This examination assesses a knowledge and understanding of financial protection plans.

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.

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.

At the end of this unit candidates should be able to analyse and apply financial information and portfolio management skills

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

Associate members will have passed the institute's level 4 appropriate examination or transitional diploma examination.

This exam accesses understanding of the financial services industry including regulation and legislation.

This exam accesses understanding of protection, savings and investment products.

This qualification accesses the specialist knowledge and skills needed for advising on the transfer of safeguarded benefits

An internationally recognised financial planning credential. The holder must demonstrate a combination of experience, financial qualifications (usually AFPC/DipPFS) or equivalent, an CISI assessment, ongoing educational activity (continuous professional development) and ethical behaviour.

What our clients say
I have had invaluable financial advice on my investments, pension and inheritance planning from Bridgewater for over 20 years. Chris has always been trustworthy, approachable, knowledgeable and given clear explanations to any questions. His friendly manner makes meetings/discussions with him a joy. I have no qualms in recommending his services.
Eric and Karen, UK
Chris has been my financial advisor for 25 years. He is the consummate professional, demonstrating an excellent and precise understanding of my financial needs. Chris is willing to spend the time to establish all the details and the exact financial requirements. His advice in explaining more complex issues and then tailoring a bespoke solution are exemplary. I have no hesitation in recommending Chris and the team highly for clear, trustworthy, and long-term financial guidance.
Seamus, Europe
Bridgewater Financial Services Ltd has given us solid and sound advice which has helped us plan our retirement. We get regular updates in a language we can understand. They are extremely helpful and patient when we have questioned advice and guidance. Highly recommended.
Tony, UK
I know that if I email Chris, there will always be a prompt response. I can sure that there will be good and knowledgeable chat, the advice is clear and to the point.
Francis, UK
During my years with Bridgewater I have had consistently good service and advice resulting in my investment continually growing to my great satisfaction.
Frank, UK
As a business professional I have used Bridgewater Financial Services for help with my personal retirement planning both before and during my retirement. I am extremely pleased with the way they have taken time to understand my retirement wishes and my situation and explained the options available to me and the relative risks associated with them. I feel they maintain a deep and current understanding of the market and are able to communicate the relevant matters accurately and clearly.
Nick, UK
We've found Bridgewater financial excellent to deal with for our pension advice and would have no hesitation in recommending thier services. Chris is always most polite, professional and always responds swiftly to queries and found thier advice invaluable.
Dominic, UK
About us

* We help business owners and professionals get their personal finances in order and keep them that way.
* Retirement Planning Specialist - Pre-retirement funding and At Retirement advice on the options for meeting income and capital needs.
* Qualified Pension Consultants - Assistance to clients and other financial professionals with complex pensions advice and transfers. We advise on all types of UK pensions as well as QROPS.
* Specialist adviser to Expatriates. We advise expatriates on all aspects of their personal finances. We recognise that they have particular financial planning needs to do with their mobility between jurisdictions and more complex tax status. We also advice clients returning to the UK and those who are about to leave.

Our services

We provide clearly focussed advice that addresses our clients needs in language they find easy to understand.

Our structured review service helps clients to keep on top of their personal finances and gives them an opportunity to adjust their plans in good time if their situation changes.

Where to find us
Head office address: Suite 7 Chester House, 79 Dane Road, Sale, M33 7BP
Service coverage
Preferred clients
Minimum wealth (income/assets)
£251,000
Minimum pension value
£251,000
Minimum mortgage value
£0
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Compliance

Registered in England & Wales Number: 05712136
Registered Office: Suite 5, Chester House, 79 Dane Road
Sale, Cheshire, M33 7BP

Bridgewater Financial Services Limited is an appointed representative of Holborn Assets Limited of Suite 5, Chester House, 79 Dane Road
Sale, Cheshire, M33 7BP, which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

Response rating
9.0/10
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FCA authorised
Last authorised 8th August 2022

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