The Pension Planner

Independent Financial Adviser  Harrogate Business Centre, Harrogate, North yorkshire, HG2 8ER
First meeting at adviser's own cost
With ever changing legislation, retirement options can be at best confusing. Take advice from retirement specialists at The Pension Planner.
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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Traded endowment policies
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Unit trusts
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Lump sum
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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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Corporate pension
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Employee benefits
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Group Protection/Life Insurance
Response rating
7.0/10
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FCA authorised
Last authorised 20th January 2020
Meet our advisers
Nicholas Pratt Dip Pfs
Senior Financial Planner & Retirement Adviser

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

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

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 examination assesses a knowledge and understanding of the legislative and regulatory position of home reversion plans and their place in the advice process.

At the end of this unit, candidates should be able to demonstrate an understanding of: the basic structure of the tax system and self-assessment; the main taxes on income and capital that may be charged on individuals, the self-assessment system and how tax liabilities are computed; impact of residence and domicile on an individuals liability to UK tax.

To achieve the CertPFS (DM) and individual needs to pass 2 diploma units in Regulation and ethics and Discretionary Investment Management

This qualification helps advisers develop and demonstrate their financial planning capabilities.

Andrew Hursthouse
Director

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

This qualification assesses a knowledge and understanding of the UK taxation system, and the ability to analyse the taxation treatment of individuals and trusts during the investment advice process.

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

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

At the end of this unit, candidates should be able to demonstrate an understanding of the: process of decumulating pension funds and the main issues for clients and advisers; main choices facing members of pensions schemes during decumulation; features, risks and tax treatment of the secured pension option; features, risks and tax treatment of the unsecured pension option; features, risks and tax treatment of phased retirement; features, risks and tax treatment of the alternatively secured pension option.

At the end of this unit, candidates should be able to demonstrate an understanding of the: main tax and legal frameworks that govern the accumulation phase of building up retirement benefits under registered pension schemes; features of defined contribution and defined benefit pensions; choices faced by early leavers and use of transfer value analysis; State retirement benefits available, including the risks and suitability of contracting out of the State Second Pension.

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

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

Marvin Watson
Adviser

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

This qualification assesses a knowledge and understanding of an ability to analyse financial protection planning issues.

This qualification assesses a knowledge and understanding of the UK taxation system, and the ability to analyse the taxation treatment of individuals and trusts during the investment advice process.

This qualification helps advisers develop and demonstrate their financial planning capabilities. 

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.

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

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.

What our clients say
Nick and the team at The Pension Planner have provided a superb service in transferring my pension from my previous large corporate employer. It's a huge decision and the professionalism, knowledge and efficiency with which they handled this major decision was first class. Once the transaction was complete - it's time to demonstrate their real skill in managing the portfolio in a somewhat turbulent market. So far, so very good - it's been a bumpy road for the last 6 months and no doubt with Brexit and Mr Trump, things are unlikely to calm down in the near future. For me, it's in these times that The Pension Planner and their partners need to prove their worth. I am impressed with the quality, depth and timelines of the portfolio performance update information that they provide. We have also had the first sit down review of performance and in-depth look at the exciting prospect of taking a a graduated income as I reduce my working hours a little and spend more of my time doing the things in life that I love the most. Thanks Nick and team for all you have done so far, I look forward to working with you towards enabling my future plans to come to fruition.
Andy, Trust Pilot Review
Happy to recommend The Pension Planner Marvin handled my pension review, that turned out to be quite complex. Due to me being a bit of a journeyman in my earlier working years, I had bits of pensions from various employers lurking waiting to be reunited with me. I also consolidated my various areas of savings to be part of the review for my future. There were times when progress seemed slow, although the updates from the company kept me informed. Delays being from my providers not being as timely as they could be at providing information for Marvin to use. Hew was then able to meet with me and guide me through various options and possible benefit and penalty points. The result is that I am glad to have found and used The Pension Planner company in Sheffield, and just nee time to enable my retirement plans bare fruit. As someone over 50 I should have done this years ago. To those under 50 reading this, I would say get planning with good guidance.
Martin, Trust Pilot Review
Great financial advise on pensions We were not satisfied with our previous FA, who was good at selling products but not so good on providing updates or answering our queries when we were unsure whether to stay with a product. Since moving to the Pension Planner, Andrew has provided us with so much guidance and answered our questions, he truly understands our different attitudes to risk and works hard to meet our needs. We have learned so much more in the short time we have been with the Pension Planner than all our years with previous financial advisers. Would definitely recommend them to everyone who is looking for advice on their pension situation.
Tania, Trust Pilot Review
Excellent, Honest Advice and No Charge I contacted The Pension Planner because I had two pension pots which I thought may be able to perform better if I consolidated them into one. Andrew Hursthouse and his excellent team thoroughly investigated both pensions including challenging one of the pension providers resulting in a 33% increase in the value of that pension. Ultimately, having taken my risk profile into account, Andrew advised that the best course of action was for me to put the two pensions into payment myself (with his telephone assistance if required) and that The Pension Planner would make no charge for the services provided to date. In view of the service I received, the regular progress updates and approach-ability of The Pension Planner, I have no hesitation in recommending them to anyone.
Paul Harrop, Trust Pilot Review
About us

We truly value our clients and take pride in the work we do. We ensure delivery of the promises we make, and have a strong emphasis on client service. It is these fundamental qualities, along with our expertise, knowledge and experience that sets us apart from the others. We build long lasting and trusted relationships with our clients. Our careful attention to detail along with a friendly, plain English approach, ensures our clients value us as much as we do them. The Pension Planner is truly independent therefore we can utilise companies throughout the whole financial market. This enables us to offer personalised solutions, in our informative yet friendly, relaxed manner. We ensure our charges are transparent, clients are made aware of these in writing at the very beginning. We will never charge for our time if we cannot help or you do not wish to proceed with our advice. We are proud to hold a 5 star rating on Trustpilot, so please take a look at what our existing clients have to say about us. <url hidden>

Our services

We help many clients each year plan their retirement strategies in the Harrogate area. Whether they are coming up to retirement and requiring an income, or a number of years away and looking to put plans in place to retire in the comfort they desire.
When you contact The Pension Planner, one of our highly qualified advisers, or trained specialists will answer your enquiry. Our approach ensures that you are offered advice that is expertly tailored to meet your exact requirements.

Where to find us

Harrogate Business Centre, Hammerain House, Hookstone Avenue, North Yorkshire, Harrogate, HG2 8ER

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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    Face to face
Response rating
7.0/10
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FCA authorised
Last authorised 20th January 2020

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