Essential IFA Ltd
Pride ourselves on a personal service and offering truly independent financial advice on all investments, pensions and financial planning matters.
We can advise you on
Pensions & divorce
Pensions & retirement planning
ISA / Unit Trusts / OEICs
Investing for income
Savings for children
School fees planning
Accident & sickness
Buildings and contents
Income protection insurance
Payment protection insurance
Capital gains tax
Group Protection/Life Insurance
Group critical illness
Group income protection
Group life insurance
Group private medical insurance
Last authorised 11th January 2021
Meet our advisers
Peter Herd PFC dip
Independent Financial Advisor
Qualifications & Accreditations
CF6 - Certificate in Mortgage Advice (CII)
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.
Diploma In Investment Planning (DipIP)
This qualification assesses a knowledge and understanding of the UK regulation environment in the financial services industry together with packaged products (pensions, protection and savings and investments) and the giving of investment advice. Chartered Institute of Bankers in Scotland (CIOBS) qualifications are subject to a separate grading with the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) - www.scqf.org.uk
What our clients say
I highly recommend the services of Peter Herd of Essential IFA in Ipswich. Peter advised me through a very testing house purchase in 2012. He was a constant support through the whole process and his professionalism, determination and expert knowledge of the financial services was invaluable. Without him I would not be settled with my two children in our very own house.
I used Essential as I had to make some decisions about pensions and also sorting out personal finances. I was a little bit anxious as it was like going to the dentist. Unlike many similar organisations, Peter didn't just stick to the script but was able to pick up on many of the unspoken things and able to understand my situation better than I expected. Thus he put me at ease. He gave good honest advice which I valued and delivered the service in a timely, open and professional manner. We even chatted about cars and holidays which is always fun! No hesitation in recommending him.
"Good standards, sound advice and professional help" are the basics, in my view. But Peter goes further - being fleixble, providing personal attention and inspiring trust - he displays the rare and valuable qualities one seeks in a professional to handle your financial affairs.
My name is Peter Herd and I am a member of the Chartered Institute of Bankers in Scotland. I have over 20 years’ experience within financial services and have worked in both Banks and Building Societies and have worked in many fields of financial planning including Business Banking and so I am able to give independent advice based on a client’s entire financial situation. I am FCA registered and hold a Level 5 Diploma in Investment Planning. I also have a current Statement of Professional Standing which complies with RDR regulations.
Essential IFA prides itself on customer service and we hope by working together with our clients that we can provide high-level financial planning that makes your goals come true.
Of course we give advice on products like pensions, ISA’s, life insurance and even mortgages but what we have to do first is get to know YOU. We take time to understand your needs and to work out what is the best course of action.
We also offer a full review service to all our clients, as we feel that reviews are as equally important as the initial advice.
Where to find us
Head office address: Epsilon House Business Centre, West Road, Ransomes Euro Park, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP3 9FJ
Minimum wealth (income/assets)
Minimum mortgage value
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