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.

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...

Just like Sir Mo Farah and Usain Bolt

Posted by siteadmin on Wednesday 16th of August 2017

This week's Vlog comes from The London Stadium, formerly home of the London 2012 Olympics on the penultimate day of the IAAF World Athletics Championships

Here I talk about the fact that nothing happens unless we put the work in. This being the same as Sir Mo Farah and Usain Bolt. In the same way, the same applies to planning our lifestyle and our financial planning to make our lifestyle happen.

The link of takes you directly to the video.

Why can kicking is dangerous

Posted by siteadmin on Wednesday 2nd of August 2017

I met with a new client recently who said she finally wanted to get to grips with her finances as she was, in her own words, ‘tired of kicking the can down the road’.

It’s a good phrase for summing up a lot of people’s apprehensive approach to their financial planning. Our American cousins have their own phrase for this kind of avoidance tactic where they call it kicking something ‘into the long grass’. I much prefer the can analogy myself.

But why would people prefer to kick metaphorical cans rather than enact solid financial plans that p...


UK News

A child with underlying health conditions is among 708 people whose deaths were reported in the past day.
People across the UK appear to be adhering to social distancing rules, minister Michael Gove has said.
The 57-year old MP wins a decisive victory over two rivals and vows to lead party "into new era".
Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, described the deaths as "devastating".
Staff at the Glasgow home said they were "closely monitoring" the health of other people in their care.