Entries by Sarah Lowe

How will Brexit affect you?

Having a long-term financial plan is vital in order to “weather inevitable storms” like Brexit, according to a leading chartered financial planner. Alan Mellor, Managing Director of Cheshire-based Phillip Bates & Co Financial Services, says the question he gets asked more than any other at the moment is: How will Brexit affect me? Alan said: […]

When is the right time for business owners to retire?

  By Alan Mellor, Chartered Financial Planner and Managing Director of Phillip Bates & Co Financial Services A good proportion of the clients we look after at Phillip Bates & Co Financial Services are business owners. This presents added complexities when trying to work out when the best time is to retire or, at the […]

What to do if you receive a scam call about your finances

One of the downsides to ever-advancing technology is the ease with which people can fall prey to so-called scammers. Scam calls can strike at any time and in any industry but can be particularly dangerous when dealing with financial matters. By engaging in conversation with a scammer for even just a few minutes you could […]

Congratulations Helen & Margo!

Helen Brown, Senior Financial Adviser at Phillip Bates & Co Financial Services and Margo Dorozik, Client Service Manager have both passed important exams in recent months, taking them one step closer to Chartered status. The two, who took the exam just before Christmas, are now gearing up for their final exam, which they will take […]

Dividend tax changes afoot

The end of the financial tax year is fast approaching and there are tax changes afoot. From April, business owners who pay themselves in the form of dividends, rather than a salary, will see their tax-free allowance cut from £5,000 to £2,000. The tax changes will also affect investors who have portfolios of shares held […]

Seek specialist advice before transferring your pension

Pension transfers have been in the news a lot lately, since the transfer values have increased. But Alan Mellor, Managing Director at Phillip Bates & Co Financial Services, has issued a warning to seek specialist advice before transferring your pension. “It is important to fully understand and appreciate the value of a guaranteed lump sum […]

Beware of Bitcoin

Bitcoin – a digital currency created in 2009, which uses decentralised technology rather than one central bank – is gaining more and more interest lately. Since it thrust itself into the mainstream some five years ago, Bitcoin has been a constant source of interest and confusion, but the currency has certainly garnered more attention recently. […]