Essential IFA Ltd

Independent Financial Adviser  Stebbings Back Lane, Ipswich, IP8 3JA
First meeting at adviser's own cost
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
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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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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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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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Commercial mortgages
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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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Long term care
Response rating
7.0/10
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FCA authorised
Last authorised 22nd November 2021
Meet our advisers
MR Peter Herd PFC dip
Independent Financial Advisor

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 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
"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.
Joe W, Ipswich
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.
Steve J, Ipswich
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.
Kathryn D, Ipswich
About us

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.

Our services

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: Stebbings Back Lane, Washbrook, Ransomes Euro Park, Ipswich, IP8 3JA
Preferred clients
Minimum wealth (income/assets)
£51,000
Minimum pension value
£51,000
Minimum mortgage value
£0
Special offers
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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 22nd November 2021

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