On the move: the latest East Midlands hires

Charlotte Reynolds

Start Financial Planning has hired Charlotte Reynolds as it expands its services to clients in Derbyshire and South Yorkshire.

Reynolds brings more than 20 years’ experience in financial services to Chesterfield-based Start FP.

Start FP director Steve Taylor says: “I’m delighted to welcome Charlotte to the team as a financial adviser. I think it is important to be able to offer advice in the corporate market as many advisers are not prepared to do this. So many now focus on individual advice, leaving employers with little expertise to help provide benefits for their employees”.

“As a female adviser, she also brings an important new dimension to the business. Some people, depending on their circumstances, feel more comfortable talking to a woman. Yet, according to FTAdviser in July 2022, only 16% of financial advisers were female according to Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) records.”

Reynolds added: “Joining Start FP was a natural move for me. We share the same values. I really admire the friendly, personal, respectful service that Start offers. The client is at the forefront of everything. There are no sales targets – we are client centred.

“We’re a small but experienced team, with excellent support staff alongside the advisers. Because I’ve previously worked in different roles, I really appreciate that providing a great service to clients is not just down to one person. It’s teamwork.

“I’m looking forward to bringing a different perspective to the services we offer. Financial planning was previously a very male dominated environment and, traditionally, men have tended to handle business and family finances.

“However, women increasingly run their own businesses and personal finances and it’s important to reflect that in our industry. I have male and female clients – but it’s nice to be able to offer a choice of advisers.

“I’m also looking forward to developing the services we offer to corporate clients, including workplace pension schemes and employee benefits. These can really help companies to retain staff, with benefits for the employer, too.”

Martine Crawford

Martine Crawford has been appointed as new branch manager at Corby estate agency Belvoir.

She said: “For me to now work for Belvoir means I have gone full circle,” said Martine. “I have experienced various types of organisations and after studying the company, I can now apply my existing knowledge here to help me progress my career.

“Belvoir is renowned for its exceptional customer service, friendly staff, and competitive fees and the team have been very welcoming.”

She added: “I love to help people on their buying and selling journey,” said Martine. “Especially making dreams happen for first time buyers. It is so rewarding to see the happiness and excitement on people’s faces when they get the keys to their forever home.”

Belvoir Corby managing director Bobby Singh Braich said: “Martine has been a welcome addition to the Belvoir team. She is a natural leader and has already put forward some fantastic ideas for the branch. We are delighted to have her on board.

“If you’re looking to sell your home or need any help searching for the perfect property, drop in and speak to Martine or another member of our knowledgeable team.”

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