Our process

We operate with a PLAN, DO, REVIEW mentality with both our internal and external operations.

What that means for you is that we never rest, always reviewing what our original recommendations were to ensure continuous suitability of our advice.

Whether you are using us for insurance or financial planning our ethos remains the same.

After booking an initial appointment, we:

  • Discover…more about you, your pains and objectives
  • Research….the best solutions for your circumstance
  • Recommend …your bespoke plan
  • Implement…the solutions
  • Review…. our recommendations on a regular basis

Quality control

Much like a manufacturer we have a robust quality control within Financial Affairs.

It is our belief having a market leading compliance and quality control within our business helps us deliver exceptional service and peace of mind to our clients.

  • Our team have 100’s of CII qualifications
  • We conduct regular market reviews
  • We conduct regular investment and insurance product audits
  • Internal file checking
  • Best practice notes and guides
  • External audits
  • Continuous evolution of our team’s skills

 

As a testament to this, we recently were awarded an A rating by the Gilchrist Standard, their top award.

  • Fact Find

  • Research Solutions

  • Make Recommendations

  • Implement Solutions

  • Review

Testimonials

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Financial Affairs made everything much clearer for me. Knowing I can turn to them for advice means I can make decisions about my retirement with much more confidence.

Jeff Harrison

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The Financial Wellness Calculator is really simple to use and gave me a great summary of where my finances are at. I’d recommend it to everyone so you can find out what you need to change.

Louise Read

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I’ve worked with Financial Affairs for many years, I’m so glad I found an advisor I can trust. They helped me source my last mortgage and are now helping me with my insurance and pension planning.

Carl Stewart

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Financial magic! I needed advice to sort out my household finances – my wife and I had numerous accounts between us and we weren’t managing our money sensibly. It was a task I’d put off for years because I was so daunted by it. Wish I’d got in touch with Financial Affairs sooner as I received advice that was clear, precise and very helpful. Would recommend to anyone.

Luke Parkinson

Quality Control

  • Best Practice

    Sometimes you have to go backwards to move forwards. Each month our team look at what have done and ask the simple question ‘what could we have done better’.

    From this we put together our ‘Best Practice’ guide for our teams so we can seek improvement in our service to you. This also allows us to gain insights into trendsso we can see clearer where to concentrate our internal progression.

  • External Compliance

    Who checks the checker? Whilst we are more than satisfied with our internal procedures to meet our regulated compliance requirements, we also enlist the assistance of external compliance firms to ensure that we are continuously improving our compliance regime.

    This helps to validate what we are doing but also to gain insight into industry trends and allows us to continue to offer a unique service.

  • Technical Qualifications

    Do you know it takes a minimum of 1 year to achieve our base level of qualification the certificate in Insurance or certificate in Financial Planning.

    We are always learning and enhancing our skill set across the team in order to ensure you always have the best advice, technical expertise and a solution to any problem you may face.

  • Continuous Product Development

    We operate a number of panels internally across both our financial planning and insurance teams. Our remit is simply to ensure you are receiving the best value for money across the products we are offering.

    We operate a never rest attitude in always thinking there can be improvements, so each panel is reviewed on a regular basis to ensure the best for you.

Broker Network is the UK’s largest insurance network of independent insurance brokers. Being a member allows us to operate as an independent community insurance broker but with the buying power and connections of a national firm.

In essence you get the best of both worlds, having top quality service and the best products on the market.

True to our core belief of brilliant people we are committed to investing in our people. We have recently been awarded the Investors In People (IIP) Accreditation. Here are a couple of quotes from our latest report

“your approach to strategic planning is significantly in advance of other organisations of a similar scale”

“you care about your people and we know you are ambitious to do even more for them”

Financial Affairs are members of the British Insurance Brokers Association, here are Ten great reasons why you benefit from using a BIBA broker

BIBA Brokers:

  1. have access to a wide choice of products from the majority of insurance markets
  2. can give advice on suitable insurance protection
  3. can represent the client in claims settlements
  4. are regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority
  5. can give risk management advice by identifying, measuring, managing and controlling risk and where appropriate can give advice on health and safety, fire prevention and premises security
  6. provide clear information and documents
  7. have their own professional indemnity insurance protection providing customer confidence
  8. clearly state the costs of the policy including any fees they may charge
  9. give fair treatment to customers in the event of a complaint, with the additional assurance of the Financial Ombudsman Service
  10. eligible customers are protected by the Government-backed Financial Services Compensation Scheme

By Official Appointment (BOA) is the partner programme to Burnley Football Club which helps partner up local business to the Burnley FC Community.

Being part of the BOA programme aligns us with both the values of the club and allows us to further support the community we work in.

Financial Affairs are members of the Burnley Bondholder Scheme which has the sole purpose of is helping spread Burnley’s message and changing perceptions far and wide. This has increased confidence in the area and encouraged investment. bondholders are helping show the world that we are truly #BrilliantBurnley.

Financial Affairs have been rated A (The top rating) in the Gilchrist Standard. Gilchrist Standard has been designed to provide a comprehensive indication of the quality of an insurance broker in the form of a rating, which allows brokers to demonstrate their excellence in an instant. This rating will allow stakeholders to easily understand the profile of prospective partners.

The rating process is broadly applicable. It does not discriminate based on the size ofan organisation, its age or available resources. The process is also objective and standardised, which means that all organisations are measured against the same framework.

We’re here to help

We’re here to help and answer any questions you may have. Get in touch today to discuss how we can help make you risk resilient and provide financial wellbeing.

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The Guide to Risk Resilience During COVID-19

We’ve put together a handy guide to help give you some clarity during this uncertain time. Click the link below to access the guide as a free download and get in touch today to speak to one of our friendly advisors.

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