NCVO Annual Conference 2018 sponsors and exhibitors

The NCVO Annual Conference took place on Monday 16 April 2018.


The following organisations were our sponsors for this year's Annual Conference.


Headline sponsor

Zurich is one of the leading providers of risk and insurance solutions to Britain’s public services. Handling thousands of claims every year, we look after: UK Local Authorities, health services, educational establishments, charities and voluntary bodies and social housing associations.

We help deliver the risk management strategies, best practices and insurance cover you need to maximise the welfare of your communities whilst also improving your organisation’s resilience and ability to deliver transformational change.

For more information, please visit:

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Lead sponsor

Croner has over 75 years’ experience operating in the compliance market and has been assisting the voluntary sector with their HR and employment law needs for decades. At the heart of Croner is a commitment to the continued health and growth of our clients. This means we’re not just a source of expert help, but also a trusted sounding board. Through the hundreds and thousands of discussions we have every year with clients, we identify trends and help future-proof their organisations with timely advice and new services.

For more information, please visit:

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Digital sponsor

The Good Exchange is an online matching platform that matches organisations that need money (fundraisers) with the organisations that have money to give (the funders).

Fundraisers can apply for multiple sources of funding via The Good Exchange’s single, online application process, cutting the time wasted making speculative grant applications and increasing the chance of achieving funding success. Fundraising projects are automatically shortlisted to all types of funders (including foundations, trusts and businesses) and money can also be raised via public donations and fundraising activities. The platform’s match-funding capability motivates fundraisers to increase their efforts and raise money more quickly.

For more information contact Julian May, business development and account manager:

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  • @thegoodexchange 

Media partner

The Guardian has been a leading provider of comment, news and analysis for nearly 200 years. Owned by a trust, our editorial interests remain liberal and free from commercial pressure; The Guardian’s values are perfectly aligned with the not-for-profit sector.

With our experience, reach, and engaged audience, we’re unrivalled in connecting you with the charity audience you’re looking for.

Get in touch with us today 

  • 0203 353 3400
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Dinner sponsor

As the UK’s first interim management provider and a leading executive search firm, Russam GMS has been known for its expertise and people-driven approach for over 30 years. Led by a managing director who became a charity CEO at just 29 and driven by a commitment to finding ambitious senior executives suited to the sector, our charity and not-for-profit division has the experience to understand the needs of both your organisation and the people within it.

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Dinner sponsor

Trustees Unlimited, a rigorous and affordable way to recruit talented trustees, was established to help charities strengthen and enrich their boards as a joint venture between Russam GMS, NCVO and Bates Wells Braithwaite. Since then we’ve worked with some of the world’s most renowned charities, putting us at the vanguard of trustee recruitment.

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During the breaks and at lunchtime you'll have the opportunity to speak to over 40 exhibitors who can offer you practical advice, plus time and money saving solutions.

The following exhibitors will be at this year's Annual Conference.

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Small, mid and large charities can pool their buying power together to access great savings. Academia work with the NCVO, to ensure charities have access to the best IT deals on offer.

Our partners champion the people and causes of charities and non-profits by connecting, representing and supporting voluntary organisations. We strongly recommend customers contact them today to see how they can help your organisation.

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  • @AcademiaCharity 
Action Planning Logo

'The answer’s yes – what’s the question?'

For 26 years Action Planning has been helping boards and chief executives lead with purpose, meeting diverse needs with insight, imagination and integrity. Our core services fall under the headings of governance and strategy, fundraising and marketing and people and practice, but we never know what we are going to be asked to do next! So if you have a problem or an opportunity and don’t know quite where to turn – ask us!

  • 01737 814758
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Ansvar is one of the UK’s leading small charity insurers, with a range of specialist commercial policies for the not-for-profit sector – charities, churches and voluntary groups who make a positive contribution to society. Each year we donate a share of our profits to charities involved in alcohol and drug education and rehabilitation, particularly for young people. 

Being owned by a charity means we understand the pressures and challenges a charity can face, which is why our products can be tailored to meet your individual needs. Come and chat to us about our extensive range of products. 

Big White Wall logo

Big White Wall (BWW) is a 24/7 digital service passionate about offering clinically safe and accessible mental health support. The CQC registered service allows its members to get support from peers in similar situations in a clinically moderated community. Members also have access to a range of online programmes, useful resources and art and writing tools to help them better understand their feelings. BWW also delivers online 1-1 therapy via an approved pool of therapists. The service is available to multiple NHS CCG’s, the Armed Forces, large scale employers and universities. For further information please visit

brewin dolphin

We are one of the largest independently-owned investment managers in the UK. Our charity specialists provide a personal service and work directly with clients to provide appropriate policy guidance, investment advice and portfolio management.

We are highly committed to the management of charitable funds and our specialist teams are based across the UK. We do not run any in-house pooled funds and are free to choose the most suitable stocks and funds available in the market, whose selection is underpinned by our significant in-house Research Team.  

Contact Natalie Yapp, the Charity Team:

  • 020 3201 3916.
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buying hub logo

The Buying Hub is a free to use marketplace where charities and suppliers can meet, collaborate and do business. Designed and built alongside our advisory board of UK charities, to help address the unique and difficult challenges of the sector. Charities have access to vetted suppliers, with the ability to buy on their organisation’s values alongside price. Our referral scheme will boost charity funds and our data analytics provide valuable reports to gain clarity and control over expenditure. 

  • 0800 002 9025
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  • @thebuyinghub
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CAF logo

Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) is a charity dedicated to making philanthropy more effective and helping charities become more successful. We offer access to a range of tailored financial, fundraising, consultancy and grantmaking services to help your charity reach its potential and make a bigger impact:

  • banking and lending services
  • savings and investments
  • strategic consultancy
  • fundraising tools
  • legacy programmes

Our insight team also delivers world class research on UK and international giving trends, including UK Giving and the World Giving Index.

Come and talk to us today to find out how we can help your charity.

  • 03000 123 444
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CCLA logo

CCLA is one of the UK's leading charity fund managers. We provide funds and services designed to meet the distinctive needs of charities and public sector organisations. Our clients benefit from our strong long-term performance record, competitive and fair pricing, and our enduring commitment to their priorities. Our ownership ensures our stability and independence.

CCLA Investment Management Limited and CCLA Fund Managers Limited are authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

  • Freephone 0800 022 3505
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crown commercial service

CCS is one of the leading procurement organisations in Europe. Charities can use our commercial solutions free of charge. We cover everything from staff and electricity to laptops, stationery and financial services. We are part of the public sector and we're here to help both the public and charity sectors. Our commercial specialists have put together a range of great value commercial deals, which will help you achieve significant savings and allow you to focus more of your precious time and resources on your organisation’s key priorities.

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  • @gov_procurement
Charisma logo

CHARISMA is one of the UK’s leading charity executive search specialists, working exclusively with Boards to select Chairs, Trustees and Chief Executives to lead and develop their organisations.

Our consultants have extensive knowledge and experience of both volunteering and working for charities nationally, together with over 30 years’ specialising in Executive recruitment.  We take pride in offering guidance and support to Boards alongside managing tailored searches for every assignment.  Our strong, ethical approach to recruitment ensures that we are trusted and respected within the voluntary sector.

For a confidential discussion, please contact Jenny Warner, Managing Director. 

  • 0207 998 8888
  • 01962 813300
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Charles Stanley provides a truly bespoke discretionary investment management service, managing over £1.56bn on behalf of over 800 Charities as at 31/12/17.

It is the personal relationship between investment manager with each charity that really sets us apart. Charities benefit from policy guidance, ethical expertise, trustee training as well as thought leadership through our bi-annual Charity magazine, ‘InFocus’.

 We also offer active and passive pooled funds via our Asset Management division.  

connect assist logo

Connect Assist is a social business created by a charity based in South Wales. We deliver multi-channel helplines, integrated technology solutions and consultancy to a range of not-for-profit and public sector organisations.

Our social mission is expressed in four key areas:

  • our commitment to improving people’s lives and working to improve the effectiveness of the charity and public sectors
  • creating jobs and growth opportunities for people in the Welsh Valleys
  • a strong commitment to equal opportunities
  • protecting the environment.

The principal activities of Connect Assist are:

  • delivering multi-channel helplines 24/7
  • digital service solutions
  • consultancy 
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Charity Property Help (CPH) is a pro bono service designed to assist charities and voluntary organisations, by providing free support and guidance on all property matters in the UK.

Founded by the Return Foundation and managed by RICS, in partnership with the Charity Finance Group and the NCVO.

Many charities and voluntary organisations need advice on property matters. CPH is designed to assist them manage their property assets more effectively by providing a minimum of a one hour consultation with an RICS Regulated firm free of charge.

Visit to register today. 


Class Networks are experts in telecommunications, voice, data and technology solutions to the voluntary sector. We’ve a wealth of knowledge and experience built up over 30 years as an NCVO trusted provider and working within the sector.

We work with you, we assess your needs and identify the right technology solution that will fit your needs. 

  • hosted telephony
  • broadband, FTTC, SIP
  • smartphones, flexible mobile tariffs, mixed SIMs
  • phone systems, call and lines
  • cyber security
  • video conferencing
  • Office 365
  • consultancy

As an approved provider to ACEVO and WCVA members, providing an ethical, impartial service is at the heart of our business.

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DSC – helping you to help others

DSC has helped make tens of thousands of charities stronger for over 40 years and we continue to help you today.

We provide training courses, publications, online funding databases, research, conferences, a bookshop and lots of free resources on our website such as top tips and best-practice articles. If you work for a charity we aim to support you in everything you do.

We’re also fighting your corner through our policy activities – working hard to make the UK a better environment for charities to thrive in and help those you’re there for.

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EdenTree Investment Management aims to deliver profit with principles. We believe that a company’s business activity, it’s environmental and community impact and the way it interacts with its stakeholders can all positively contribute to returns. This is why these factors are integral to our responsible investment process and why EdenTree has won numerous awards including the Moneyfacts Best Ethical Investment Provider of the Year Award for the past nine consecutive years.

Call us to discuss how investing responsibly will benefit your charity.

EdenTree Investment Management Ltd is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and is a member of the Investment Association.

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ella forums delivers a programme of leadership development that focuses on you becoming a more effective leader. CEO’s and Leaders of charities and social enterprises come together at monthly meetings all over the country to hear the latest thinking from expert speakers, participate in peer group learning and receive one-to-one coaching.

As a leader you are invited to attend a meeting as our guest to see first-hand how you could benefit from ella forums.

For more details contact Phil Thompson.

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Endsleigh logo

With over 30 years' experience, Endsleigh understands the challenges and issues that charities and not-for-profit organisation's face. We use our expertise and access to our panel of insurers to protect your organisation, shaping insurance solutions that meet your ever evolving needs. With over 3,000 customers within this sector, ranging from small to large scale organisations we have the experience to give you that extra peace of mind. If you would like to find out more please visit or call us on 0333 234 1387

Family Fund logo

Family Fund Business Services is the UK’s leading business-to-business grant fulfilment service, with over 43 years of grant administration expertise through our parent charity, Family Fund. We offer an online web-based ordering facility for a vast range of grant awarded goods and services; supporting charities, benevolent organisations and local authorities to effectively manage their grant funds, create tangible savings and improve administration. Our online ordering portal provides access to our established network of UK suppliers and thousands of essential goods and services; ensuring our customers achieve the best value for all their grant giving needs, helping their funds stretch further.

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Fundraising Regulator logo

The Fundraising Regulator is the independent voluntary regulator of charitable fundraising in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Having launched in July 2016, we maintain and uphold the standards set out in the Code of Fundraising Practice and its associated Rulebooks for Face-to-Face Fundraising. We are also responsible for the operation of the Fundraising Preference Service, giving the public more control over the communication they receive from charities.

We constantly aim to work with charities and representative bodies to improve public trust and confidence in the sector by producing guidance, improving fundraising standards and handling public complaints effectively.

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HSF health plan logo

HSF health plan is an employee health benefits provider. It is the trading company of the charity, The Hospital Saturday Fund.

HSF health plan provides an extensive range of benefits to help with healthcare costs, gives access to a Doctor 24/7 as well as exclusive discounts and offers with HSF Perkbox plus much more.

Everyone who joins HSF health plan, just by belonging, are making a contribution to the important work of the charity, as the profits from the health cash plan go to the parent charity. Not something which usually happens when an insurance policy is taken out.

 HR Services Partnership

From ad hoc queries, to a fully outsourced HR department, HRSP provides not-for-profits with quality HR services at a reasonable price and complete flexibility.

Whether you want to double-check on your TUPE obligations, or need a sounding board to manage a poor performer, our qualified consultants have the sector experience to help you navigate and mitigate risk.

Our clients value our knowledge of the sector and our practical approach. We are proud to:

  • be an NCVO trusted supplier
  • provide a dedicated consultant to every client
  • employ only CIPD qualified consultants
  • have Investors in People Accreditation

Contact us:


Searching for experienced volunteers? Work for a charity or have clients in the sector? The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) can help. is completely free to search or post volunteer opportunities, or find volunteers with specialist finance and business skills.

ICAEW’s Charity and Voluntary Community also offers:

  • Professional Liability Insurance (covering trustee and volunteer activity, or when providing pro bono finance services)
  • Bi-monthly newsletters sharing the latest news, opinion, and resources
  • Dedicated e-library
  • Discounts on training and sector events
  • Helpsheets and resources on charity accounting, taxation and governance
ican logo

Our reputation as the trusted supplier to NCVO for award winning print technology and service is down to the pro-active and fresh approach we take to managed print services.

Working in partnership with world leading brands to deliver digital document solutions aimed at reducing your costs and increasing business efficiency.

Our print consultants work to understand the needs of you and your organization and ensure your print, copy and email requirements are met.

  • NCVO Trusted Supplier
  • Guaranteed savings
  • Free print consultation
  • Award winning products
  • Gold star service and support
  • GDPR document input and output conformance surveys
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Kiln is a unique agency providing creative and IT services exclusively for the voluntary sector. Created by VAST, Kiln was launched to tackle a growing need for professional support in charities, voluntary groups and social enterprises. With staff who understand the sector, and an innovative bursary scheme supporting charitable projects, the socially responsible agency delivers quality services at prices that won’t break the bank.

For all your creative and IT needs, talk to Kiln today:

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Lucas Fettes is an independently owned financial planning and employee benefit advisory practice. We help NCVO members with their workplace pension provision and can provide death in service cover from as little as £2 per month per employee. We also provide advice and solutions to help trustees manage their assets and to insure against the loss of key people. 

  • 0345 357 8910
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Nationwide have been helping customers make the most of their personal savings for more than 160 years. And they could help you make the most of your business savings too.

They offer a range of instant access, notice and fixed term business savings accounts, which can offer the level of flexibility that suits your business needs, alongside competitive interest rates.

Nationwide have the expertise to support a range of organisations and sectors, including Charity, Education and Housing Associations, and are rated number 7 in the 2018 Customer Satisfaction Index*, which ranks 253 organisations

*, January 2018

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The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) is the UK Government’s technical authority on cyber security and was set up to understand the cyber threats to the UK, provide guidance to organisations and respond to significant cyber incidents. Its vision is to help make the UK the safest place to live and work online. The NCSC has recently established a Charities Engagement team, dedicated to providing bespoke advice and guidance to the sector. The team will be launching their brand new cyber security guidance for small charities at the FSI Skills Conference. 

 paypal giving fund

PayPal Giving Fund is a registered charity (no. 1110538) that raises millions of pounds each year to benefit UK charities. We enable people to give through programmes operated by PayPal, eBay, Humble Bundle and other leading internet businesses. PayPal Giving Fund receives funds donated through these platforms and seeks to grant them to charities recommended by donors.

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Phoenix Software is the UK’s leading supplier of software, hardware, devices, IT solutions and software asset management services to NCVO members. As an NCVO trusted supplier, we leverage significant discounts which are available to all members via an extensive number of specially-negotiated deals with leading global suppliers. We are highly-accredited with the major software and hardware vendors including Microsoft, VMware, Dell, HPE, Trend Micro, Adobe, Citrix, License Dashboard and Sophos, making us the premier partner for all your IT requirements.

  • 01904 562200
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Let’s keep it simple. We are a telecommunications provider; that means we offer broadband, phone and mobile services to residential and business customers. We are also a consumer co-operative, and many of our customers become members, influence the way we're run and participate in our social and business activities.

As a socially responsible organisation, we offer honest and transparent prices, with no hidden charges, and aim to both make it easy and keep it personal.

We believe that the co-operative business model can help build a fairer and more sustainable society for everyone.

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Premier Charity Solutions is leading supplier of IT and web services to charities and non-profits nationwide. We offer advice and consultation on IT and web solutions, from IT support and networking through to cloud solutions and website design. Our range of services are packaged exclusively for charities to provide the best service at the best prices.

We have earned an impressive reputation due to our professional approach, vast industry knowledge and highly-praised customer service. We know that, as a charity, your IT network and systems are often low priority and our understanding of the financial pressures facing non-profits means our IT services have been priced to be cost-effective while offering the best possible solution.

PS Financials

PS Financials are providers of core accounting, purchasing, budgeting, HR, payroll, asset management, customer engagement and reporting software to over 4,000 Not-for-Profit organisations in 58+ countries, with incomes ranging from £1m to over £200m per annum.

PS Financials integrates with all leading MIS and payment systems to form a central hub for finance management and intelligence. Users of PS Financials are provided with a fully maintained, unrivalled reporting pack that produces the SORP, SofA, Fund Analysis and Management reports.

Gain control of your finance function and power business decisions with PS Financials. For more information on our system contact us.

  • 01733 367 330
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Quilter Cheviot logo

How do you navigate investment challenges and opportunities?

When it comes to investment, we help charities by thinking beyond the obvious.

  • Over £1.7 billion of charity assets under management (as at 30/06/2017)
  • Support for the sector: charity seminars, bespoke investment training, ethical investment expertise and knowledge guides

For further information please contact Charles Mesquita:

  • 020 7150 4000
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room to reward

Room to Reward is a unique hospitality charity that uses unsold hotel rooms as a means for charities to say ‘thank you’ to their tireless volunteers in the form of a short break.

With over 120 hotel partners throughout the UK, Room to Reward works with charities to recognise and reward the commitment, hard work and selflessness of their staff and volunteers with a complimentary break, giving them the chance to spend quality time with a loved one and enjoy a few days of pure relaxation.

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Sarasin & Partners are a leading manager of charity portfolios, managing £6.5bn* for over 400* discretionary clients, representing over 45% of our £14.4bn* assets under management.

We offer bespoke investment solutions: via segregated portfolios, single asset class funds or through our two common investment funds. With over 20 years’ experience, we have established a reputation for consistent investment performance and high-quality reporting.

Our ‘Compendium of Investment’ forms the basis for our trustee training programme; we have trained over 4,500 trustees and permanent officers throughout the UK and Ireland.

*as at 31.12.17

  • 020 7038 7268 (John Handford)
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The School for Social Entrepreneurs offer a range of training courses designed specifically for charities, social enterprises, and public sector organisations. Whether it's finding funding, measuring your social impact, or making sense of social investment, our courses will cut through the jargon and present each topic clearly and simply. We work hard to make sure our courses are practical, hands-on, and engaging. You’ll be able to apply what you learn to your own organisation straight away.  

Sewell Wood logo

Sewell & Wood is a specialist division of Network Public Sector (part of Pertemps Network Group) recruiting non-executives, senior staff and other specialist colleagues for not-for-profit organisations.

Sewell & Wood works in partnership with central consultancy and training, specialists in board  and organisational development for voluntary and community organisations, not-for-profits, Local Authorities, housing and social care. With a reputation built over 35 years, central consultancy and training offer:

  • governance improvement and Board effectiveness
  • cultural change and service transformation
  • restructuring, organisation design and staff engagement
  • leadership and management development
  • human Resources

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social blue logo

Social Blue is specialized in creating effective lead generation campaigns via Facebook and Instagram to increase donors for non-profits. We’re working for over 150 clients including Greenpeace, WWF, Unicef, Save the Children and IFAW. We create landing pages, write copy, shoot visuals and buy media. Whatever your campaign needs. However, you don’t pay for all of that. You only pay a fixed price per donor lead.

  • 020 3697 3980
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Three Rings has been providing powerful, intuitive volunteer management and rota software to the third sector for since 2002. Over 370 organisations trust us to streamline their work, and more than 32,000 volunteers worldwide manage their time, communication, and commitment through Three Rings.

We're a nonprofit organisation run by dedicated volunteers, using our own expert skills to provide our clients with enterprise-grade software at affordable prices - not to mention a full, no-obligation free trial for new organisations, an accessible, intuitive and secure design, and ongoing technical support available 7 days a week, with no extra charges.

Three Rings supports everyone from small community shops to theatres, major helplines, and world-class museums. Visit us at stand 26, or see our website at, to find out what makes Three Rings a sector-leading solution for volunteer management.

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Global. Active. Direct.

Waverton has been providing charities with investment solutions that are actively managed, directly invested and global since 1986. We combine this investment approach with a highly personal service from charity specialists who take time to understand the unique needs of each client.

Waverton offers:

  • A dedicated charity team
  • Direct relationship with portfolio managers
  • Ethical investment screening
  • Tailored reporting
  • Institutional investment process
  • Trustee training

The value of investment can fall as well as rise and you may get back less than originally invested.  Authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. 

Please contact Emma Robertson

  • 020 7484 2065
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