Twice monthly under the title of 'Ties are optional', Les Conway shares his thoughts about what’s going on in the World and how it can affect and impact your lifestyle and finances.  Feel free to sign up here to subscribe to receive.

Does Gambling Make You Happy?

Posted by siteadmin on Wednesday 3rd of January 2018

My latest Vlog has been filmed on location some 6,000 miles away from Pinner.

It’s an extra special one as I get to return to a place my wife, Caroline and I visited, on our honeymoon some thirty years ago.

The link of takes you directly to the video.

Thanks for watching.

We all slip up sometimes

Posted by siteadmin on Wednesday 20th of December 2017

Picture this scene of Christmas cheer.

During the recent snow and arctic conditions we've had, I set out from my home to the office. It’s no more than a ten minute walk even in wintry conditions, but I wrapped up well and was mindful of the risk of falling head over heels on the compacted snow which had quickly turned to ice.

I took my usual route through the village, which was picturesque and not least when we get to see it covered in a white blanket.

I treaded carefully along at a very leisurely pace, my Mobile phone firmly in my pocket...

A Panto, a Plan and Tales of the Unexpected

Posted by siteadmin on Wednesday 6th of December 2017

In this week’s Vlog I talk about something totally unexpected which threatened to throw a spanner in the works of a popular community event.

I’m also out on location again, although this time not very far from the warmth of my office.

The link of takes you directly to the video where you can learn why I love it when a plan stays together.

Thanks for watching.

Coping with Budget Blues

Posted by siteadmin on Wednesday 22nd of November 2017

The Chancellor, Philip Hammond, will be setting out his vision and Budget for the UK today. The chances are that he’ll be addressing the Houses of Parliament as you're reading this, bearing in mind that the Budget Statement has now moved from the Spring to the Autumn.

I’ve given up trying to second guess what each Budget might contain. In fact, I stopped trying to do so many years ago.

As I’ve said before, a well thought out financial plan is proactive in its nature rather than reactive. If the Chancellor drops some real bombshells that ne...

Listening, learning and a one tracked mind physiotherapist

Posted by siteadmin on Wednesday 8th of November 2017

I’m back at the Brooklands Museum next to Mercedes Benz World in Weybridge, Surrey.

In this video you can hear my thoughts on listening, learning and a physiotherapist with a one-track mind.

The link of takes you directly to the video.

Thanks for watching.

A Partnership Driven to Succeed

Posted by centro on Wednesday 25th of October 2017

As most of you know I’m very into my motor sports.

And several of you who receive my fortnightly emails have joined me when the racing team I’ve had a peripheral
partnership with for the past couple of years, have held open events at race tracks around the country.

The team, Handy Motorsport, is the result of a merger between two former rival teams.  Handy is run by Simon
Belcher and Rob Austin Racing was run by Rob himself.

In both cases, they were perched in the racing seat but also ran their respective teams.  Neither they would admit now,...

Helping people when they are ‘stuck’

Posted by siteadmin on Wednesday 11th of October 2017

In my latest Vlog I get to turn the tables and ask the questions.

I’m joined by Jerry Lyons who has worked on my marketing and PR for several years. Jerry is also a client and shares with us how financial planning helped him become ‘unstuck.’

The link of takes you directly to the video.

This Vlog also highlights how good financial planning involves a lot more listening than talking.


Get Busy Living

Posted by siteadmin on Wednesday 27th of September 2017

There’s a memorable line from one of the most popular films ever.  That being The Shawshank Redemption.

Tim Robbins character, Andy, his friend and fellow jailbird, Red played by Morgan Freeman said - 'It’s a simple choice, you either get busy living or get busy dying'.

It sums up my approach to life and financial planning in a lot of ways.

I’ve often said that my job as a financial planner is to ‘make my client’s money last as they long as they do’. There’s also something I can add to that and it’s that life offers no guarantees, apart f...

Helping people sleep at night

Posted by siteadmin on Wednesday 13th of September 2017

It´s one thing for a business to say how good they are at what they do.  It´s another thing, and in my opinion altogether more powerful, to hear about it from one of their clients.

In the latest edition of my Vlogs, we hear from Chris Smith.

Chris has kindly shared his experiences using our services and why we´ve helped him avoid sleepless nights.  And me too come to that!

To view the video on YouTube, just click

Thanks for reading (and watching) and if you have any financial planning relate...

A small question - A big reaction

Posted by siteadmin on Wednesday 30th of August 2017

I received a thank you email from a client recently, which I feel is worth sharing. I’ve also asked permission from the said client to reproduce and quote her here.

I’m a big believer in that you shouldn’t just plan how to use your money, but you need to be thinking about how your money can help you lead the kind of life you want to live.

And the call from the client showed that in practice.

To paint the picture, Wendy Reed is a mother of one who lives with her partner and is self-employed. They came to see me in April last year for a pla...


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The former Conservative leader urges his party to consider legalising recreational use of the drug.
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Inspectors at HMP Woodhill found "chronic" staff shortages and vulnerable inmates being failed.