Greater Manchester Summer Conference

Insightful sessions, invaluable networking opportunity and CPD! 

We've taken member feedback on board and are making some exciting changes to our regional conferences during 2023. Here’s just a selection of comments from members who have attended the Spring Local Conferences:  

  • a fantastic speaker who was very engaging 
  • very good insight into the future investment markets 
  • excellent presentation and delivery. Some great material and content, particularly the client case studies 
  • really interesting information about this area of the market. Definitely an under-researched topic area.

We are offering a friendlier feel with a more engaging approach, together with a real sense that this is your community of good practice. A highlight of the Summer series promises to be a deep dive into tax planning by way of a detailed case study.  

What are you waiting for? Save the date and book your free place now! 

During the event you will experience a day of topical and insightful business updates which all contribute to your CPD. At the heart of this will be presentations delivered by a number of leading subject matter experts. The conference offers a great opportunity for networking and sharing good practice with your peers, local to where you live and/or work. 

Throughout the day your local PFS regional committee will provide updates on new developments and initiatives from across the Personal Finance Society, helping you stay informed about the benefits of membership and to take away information which may benefit colleagues and others in your practice/firm.  

A detailed agenda will be available approximately six weeks before the start of each round of events.Lunch and refreshments will be provided. Delegates will be eligible to claim over 3 hours of CPD. Please note the agenda is provisional and may be subject to change. 

As a PFS member, you are permitted to attend one event in each series free of charge at your preferred location.  If you would like to attend more than one and take the opportunity to be a partner, please contact our Partnerships Team for more information.  

Non-members are welcome to attend their first event free of charge.  After this, we will contact you about joining the PFS to be able to access further events and services. If you have any queries, please contact the events team at


08:45 - 09:30 Registration

09:30 - 09:35 Chair Introduction

09:35 - 09:50 Word Cloud Activity

09:50 - 10:25 Is your planning toolkit #readyforRishi #readyforSirKier #readyforSirEd

The Chancellors’ Autumn Statement has brought about tax changes for us all, especially your high net worth clients. With changes to Capital Gains Tax, dividend tax changes, frozen or reduced thresholds and allowances, etc., it all adds up to a greater tax burden. To combat this, we need to get creative, and take advantage of the governments' generous incentives in meeting client's needs. That means upgrading your toolkit and looking at alternative investment solutions like VCT and EIS as complementary tools. In this presentation we will review the changes in the budget through a client lens, and address the challenge of long term pension planning with ever changing pension rules. We will bring this to life by looking at a typical personal savings journey from 1990. Lastly, we will explore the financial planning solutions that could be used to manage some of these changes and the minimise the impact on your clients.

Learning objectives:

  • Understand the main budget changes and potential impact on your clients.
  • Identify advice opportunities for clients effected by legislation and budget changes.
  • Articulate solutions that can be used with clients these clients and the tangible impact these can have.
  • Understand how you can satisfy your Consumer Duty obligations through tax planning conversation.

Speaker: Olly Jacobs,

10:25 - 11:00 Is your CIP fit for duty?

Are you still comfortable with your existing CIP, or is Consumer Duty forcing you to reconsider? Evelyn Partners would like to share their thoughts on why they believe advisers should consider closed ended funds within a model portfolio and why your proposition should (for some clients) move beyond a traditional basket of collectives.

Learning outcomes

  • To reinforce understanding and awareness of consumer duty with a focus on investment management.
  • To examine whether investment decisions previously made are still fit for new investors.
  • To learn more about closed ended funds and how they can be incorporated with a model portfolio.

Our active range of model portfolios offers something different to the traditional basket of collective and so with the advent of consumer duty and the focus around propositions, pricing, value for money our content is both timely and interesting from a learning perspective.

Speaker: Jason Haworth, Evelyn Partners

11:00 - 11:05 Professional Qualifications Officer

11:05 - 11:25 Conversations Over Coffee

Refuel and build up your professional network

11:25 - 11:30 Chartered Champion

11:30 - 12:05 Topical tax planning for blended families

It is more and more common to have clients who have remarried and have children from a former marriage/relationship. How should such clients approach planning with a family home, their pension and investments? This session will look at the options and implications of different planning routes and consider how to maximise tax efficiency within those structures.

  • To look at  the opportunities for post-death inheritance tax planning
  • To consider the general financial planning issues for people in second marriages with children from a first marriage
  • To look at specific planning issues for such people in relation to investments, houses and pensions, and
  • To consider the current landscape for lifetime inheritance tax planning that secures the financial position of a surviving spouse/partner

Speaker: John Woolley, Trustee Support Services Ltd

12:05 - 12:40 Property wealth in later life planning 

Overview of Later Life Lending market, examining why clients chose to release equity from their homes. We’ll delve into our mass affluent research, and will discuss Consumer Duty and the importance of product innovation.

Learning objectives:

  1. To learn more about the lifetime mortgages market, and whay clients chose to release equity from their home 

  1. To find out more about how they could potentially benefit your clients 

  1. To learn how consumer duty is impacting the later life lending market? 

Speaker: Phil Beswick, Standard Life Home Finance

12:40 - 12:45 Education Outreach Ambassador

12:45 - 13:25 Lunch and Learn

Grab yourself some lunch whilst speaking with our subject matter experts

13:25 - 13:40 Word Cloud Activity

13:40 - 13:45 Membership Officer

13:45 - 14:20 How to set up a financial planning business a decade on

Ten years ago this year I set up on my own Clear Cut Financial Planning. Previous to setting up the business I worked in a bank and in another firm of financial advisers. I’d also studied to be Chartered and Certified Financial Planner. At the time of setting up the business I had 4 children aged between 12 and 20 There have been many highs and lows, frustrations and challenges and I am happy to share the experiences. Clear Cut are now a team of 17 and look after 330 families, we are a family run business and try to create our Clear Cut family. Early on we set up our company values, we call them our Clear Cut CUBES and I’ll share them with you. We have 4 retiring advisers, and we are working hard to handing clients over to the next generation of advisers using 2 chair meetings. Every year since we started, we have taken on a graduate. As a result of this we have an experienced and talented team ready to face the next generation of financial planning. Many of the team have achieved Chartered status and have won industry awards

Learning objectives:

  • Why company values and culture are important from the outset
  • The importance of timing when starting a business and retiring
  • How a graduate scheme works and how to implement it in a business.

Speaker: Jane Gow, Clear Cut Financial Planning

14:20 - 14:55 How effective preparation for a sale will improve the outcome?

This session will enable attendees to gain an appreciation of the process of selling a financial planning firm and what to be aware of, that will impact on value, and a successful outcome.

Learning Objectives 

  • What firms need to consider when they are looking to sell their business 

  • How far in advance to start thinking about it 

  • What the process looks like 

  • what valuation methods are used, and current trends 

  • what happens at due diligence 

  • what can reduce the value and the pitfalls to avoid 

Speaker: Roderic Rennison, Catalyst Partners

14:55 - 15:00 Chairs Close


CPD CII Scheme
PFS Accredited 4h 0min

This event has been accredited by the Personal Finance Society and the CII and can be included as part of your CII CPD requirement should you consider it relevant to your professional development needs.


Olly Jacobs

Phil Beswick

Standard Life Home Finance

John Woolley

Trustee Support Services Ltd

Jason Haworth

Evelyn Partners

Jane Gow

Clear Cut Financial Planning

Roderic Rennison

Catalyst Partners


Mere Golf and Country Club

Chester Road
WA16 6LJ

Partners in professionalism


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At the present we are not able to automatically upload the CPD records, but we hope to be able to offer that service soon. 

Please note that you MUST sign in at the conference for all sessions you attend for the events team to validate your attendance. 

You will be able to download your CPD Certificate from the PFS website after the event, and will receive an email within 48 of the event with the link to download your CPD certificate.

If you are unable to download your CPD Certificate after 48 hours, please email to clarify this.

Please click here to view the schedule of forthcoming events and what CPD sessions will be covered. 

For general information and links about the CPD process, please click here.

To log-in and view your CPD records, please click here.

If you have any further queries about CPD, please contact the Personal Finance Society /CII on 020 8989 8464.

We will do our best to accommodate all dietary requirements. You can make us aware of this as part of the registration process, or update your Event Profile on the PFS website (click on My Events to login and then edit your requirements on your Event Profile).

Please email the event team at after the conference and we will send you the presentation slides. 

The dress code is business attire.

Whilst restrictions have now been lifted we would ask you to not attend events if you have any COVID symptoms. 

Please click here for up to date NHS information 

Whilst social distancing is not a government recommendation, we will be limiting capacity at events, to allow additional space around the venue.  Please book now to secure your place, these will be available on a first come, first served basis. 

We look forward to seeing you soon and if you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact the events team at