I’m now just over two months into my new role as 1825 CEO, and the time has really flown by at lightning speed. I posted my first blog here last month, welcoming another new financial planning firm to 1825. But I thought it was time I shared a little more about what we’ve been getting up to.
Where we are now
1825 has been around for over two years now, so we’re not quite the new kids on the block we once were. There are now over 250 people working at 1825 across the UK. We have offices in Ayr, Bishop Auckland, Crewe, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Hamilton, Leeds, London, Reading and Sheffield – with more to come as we continue on our quest to become the UK’s leading financial planning business and help more people plan for their futures. I think it’s worth me saying at this point that we want to be the best, not necessarily the biggest. I think it’s really important that we keep working with all our local communities and that our financial planners continue to provide a truly personal service. That’s my aim for 1825 and it’s what I want to focus on in my new role.
I joined Standard Life, our parent company, as a graduate in 1994 then became 1825’s Chief Operations Officer a couple of years ago. I’m now really proud to follow on from Steve Murray as our CEO. Steve is still very much involved in 1825 as our Chairman, and I’m committed to continuing to build the business we’ve worked so hard to establish.
Just as we’ve been bolstering our ranks, so too has our parent company. You might have seen the news over the summer about Standard Life merging with Aberdeen Asset Management. This is a good thing for us. We now have an even stronger company backing us, and the Standard Life Aberdeen group has made it very clear that they have a genuine belief in the need for good financial planning. As we continue to grow, I have clear priorities. I want us to be known for doing the right thing and helping our clients live the lives they choose. I want us to use our increasing scale to benefit our clients; to negotiate better deals with providers and investment houses, and invest more heavily in technology as well as in our people. Fundamentally, 1825 is made up of people who want to make a difference. If you want to know a bit more about that, you can watch this video and listen to some of them talk about what makes us different:
I hope you liked my first real ‘blog’. If you have any questions for me, or would like to hear about something in particular in the future, you can let me know in the comments below. I’d be really interested to hear your thoughts.
This blog and any responses to comments should not be regarded as financial advice.