We run a successful business with a keen focus on pre and post retirement planning. The firm joined threesixty in April 2014, having previously been members of Tenet network.
We wanted to take total control over our business and had been considering going directly authorised for some time. Of course, this was a big decision for us, and we didn’t want to go it alone, so we carried out due diligence on the prospective support providers.
It was important to us that the support firm of our choosing would not only assist us in obtaining the necessary permissions, but that they would be the sort of firm we would want to work with. They needed to understand us and our type of business. After considering other options, we chose threesixty.
The application process was remarkably painless. There were of course a lot of forms to complete, and it did take a fair amount of time, but the templates threesixty supplied and their compliance support team were a real help in getting my application processed.
Prior to joining we received a tour of their extranet. The amount of useful information on there was incredible. What’s more, the quality of people we spoke with, and of those who work there, is very reassuring when seeking their support.
Since being with threesixty, the ongoing support we have received has been brilliant. They seem to really understanding our business and the regulations. Their regular visits keep us informed and compliant. They also help keep us up to date with regular compliance and technical news. We regularly attend their events, and find them really worthwhile. Unlike other events we have been to within the industry, threesixty don’t allow product providers to push their latest whatever, but instead ensure their events cover issues that matter to me and my business.
I have great confidence in suggesting direct authorisation to any firms in similar circumstances, and highly recommend using threesixty to assist in the process. At first the process may look daunting, however with threesixty’s help it has been straight forward and well worthwhile.
Juno Wealth Management
We decided that the time was right to apply for Direct Authorisation, having previously been an appointed representative of a network. We looked at each of the market leading compliance support companies and carried out due diligence to help us decide which was best suited to our needs. threesixty’s account manager was able to clearly explain how threesixty works and was able to answer all our queries. We liked the professional ‘look and feel’ of threesixty and were given a web tour to see the depth of resources available.
Our account manager took the time to understand our needs and delivered a proposal that addressed everything we were looking for. Our entire experience was smooth and professional.
When it came to our FCA application for direct authorisation, threesixty provided a great deal of support. The team were very knowledgeable, explained the whole process clearly and provided a service to check our FCA application forms and business plan.
They also helped us understand the timescales and what needed to be done and at what time. As a result our application was accepted by the FCA without any major queries.
Prior to achieving direct authorisation, we were given access to all the templates we required and implemented them, tailoring each to our own specific business needs, to ensure we had a compliant business. By the time we went live with Direct Authorisation, we had a full set of compliant systems and controls in place.
Since joining threesixty we have received top quality support. Their team are pro-active, professional and knowledgeable. The communication we receive is clear, and CPD training events are relevant and frequent. Working alongside threesixty gives our own clients the assurance that we use the market leading supplier of compliance support services in the UK. Knowing our business is run professionally and compliantly, and that our knowledge is being continually developed, enriches our brand and helps us sleep at night.
Derek Evans, Operations Director