Finance firm tells young apprentice: ‘You’re hired’

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A FIRM of independent financial advisers is celebrating its 10th year with expansion to new premises, its first apprenticeship and a series of seminars with a top Government pensions guru.

ASL Independent, which was previously in Rougham, has opened new offices at the Moseleys Farm Business Centre, in Fornham All Saints, and is to take on apprentice Ross Le Maire in September after he has completed his A-levels.

“We sent out letters to all local schools and West Suffolk College saying we were looking for a youngster to take on an apprentice. It is rare in the financial services sector for a firm to take on an apprentice. We even struggled to find a body for him to train with,” said Sarah Lock, who runs ASL.

The firm, which is part of the network of Paradigm Financial Advisers, will support Ross through a diploma in financial planning. Meanwhile, the move to Fornham, which ASL celebrated with clients at an opening evening last week, has given the business the room to expand – a third financial adviser is likely to be taken on in the near future.

“This move is the first stage in our five year plan to develop the business,” said Sarah.

The company is in the midst of arranging three seminars for employers with Government pensions guru Steve Bee at its offices on June 30. Changes to employment law will see pension contributions made compulsory for lots of employers and their workers from next year.

“There is quite a lot of concern,” said Sarah. “There has not been a great deal of information out there and it is going to cause a logistical nightmare for some. But we have got the software solution, unique to Paradigm, which we are hoping to roll out and alleviate that headache.”

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