Every fortnight 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.

WARNING - 'If it’s too good to be true......'

Posted by siteadmin on Wednesday 3rd of August 2016

Many will recall the publicity surrounding the Government changes to the way people over 55 could access their pensions back in April 2015.

The so called Pensions Freedom Act meant that people over this age could get access to their pension pots where as George Osborne, the then Chancellor of Exchequer said 'Pensioners will have complete freedom to draw down as much or as little of their pension pot as they want, anytime they want'.

But this liberating move also set free darker forces intent on hoodwinking people out of their hard earned m...

Do you have a Brexit plan?

Posted by siteadmin on Wednesday 20th of July 2016

The past three weeks have been dramatic to say the least.

England were rubbish at the Euros (again), Lewis Hamilton and Andy Murray showed their sporting class (what would we do without them bless 'em) and just in case you missed it, the political landscape in the UK has changed beyond recognition.

Whilst we currently live in uncertain times, there’s no need to feel helpless. You can control certain aspects of your life, your financial planning and indeed your future.

The new Prime Minister Theresa May has been installed in a matter of da...

Living Le Dream

Posted by siteadmin on Wednesday 6th of July 2016

I’m nervous, or maybe it’s excitement, I can’t quite work it out yet. Probably best to describe it as nervous excitement.

Next week I’m heading off to central France to take part in a 24 Hour Kart race at the citadel of endurance motor sport - Le Mans.

This has been on my bucket list for some time and I’ll be racing as part of the CSMA Boundless Le Mans Racing Team. The event runs from the 15th to 17th July. Set up is on Thursday 14th with Free Practice on Friday 15th. Qualifying will be on the morning of the 16th with the Race commencing ...

Brexit Follow Up

Posted by siteadmin on Friday 24th of June 2016

I don't normally issue interim comment but thought it appropriate here albeit that I am still on Holiday in Sardinia.

I’ve always believed that a) whatever the outcome we’ll be fine as a country although there would be a period of uncertainty and b) it was right to give people their voice.

Likewise that as the Conservatives didn’t expect to get a majority win last year and as any government would have had to do at some point, they’ve got it done and having done so, can claim the morale ground and given themselves four years to recover prior to...

Will it be the end of the World, or at least as we know it?

Posted by siteadmin on Tuesday 21st of June 2016

Some of the debates around the EU Referendum (on both sides) have predicted almost apocalyptic scenarios depending on the result.

The Brexiteers say we’ll be doomed if we vote to stay in and the Bremainers claim we’ll descend into financial meltdown if we leave.

I chaired a debate hosted by the Pinner & Northwood Business Club last week focusing on the question of the EU Referendum and it was indeed a very interesting and lively evening.  Many people changed their view from when they registered in a closing poll taken after hearing from th...

We're on the Road to Freedom

Posted by siteadmin on Wednesday 8th of June 2016

One of the big milestones for any young adult is gaining their full driving licence.  It opens up a new world of freedom and independence and takes the burden off of the mini cab company otherwise known as mum and dad.

I saw a statistic the other day that said the number of people being taught how to drive by a friend or family member was declining rapidly.

Why? Well the report said that it is down to people realising that professional driving instructors can help them pass their test more quickly and conveniently.

As you’ve gathered thro...

What the Vikings Taught us About Life

Posted by siteadmin on Wednesday 25th of May 2016

When the Vikings landed on the shores of countries they had come to pillage and conquer they ceremonially burned the longboats they had sailed in from Scandinavia.

Historians and indeed psychologists say there were two main reasons they did this.

The first was to strike fear into the people of the land where they'd arrived at where blazing boats could be seen from miles around. The message was clear – the Vikings are coming and they mean business!

The second, and for me the most interesting, was that by burning the boats the Viking warrio...

Don’t Stop Before You Even Start

Posted by siteadmin on Wednesday 11th of May 2016

Last weekend I had the pleasure of showing a couple of business associates and friends around Thruxton Race Circuit as part of my involvement with Rob Austin Racing at RAR Handy Motorsport.

Rob Austin drives for RAR Handy Motorsport and races in the British Touring Car Championship and as one of their partners, I have access to race weekends and networking events held at race circuits across the country.

It was an opportunity I stumbled upon via LinkedIn. When the pitch was first made albeit at an entry level, I almost dismissed it immedia...

Start with why

Posted by siteadmin on Wednesday 27th of April 2016

This blog is named after an interesting book, which I was reminded of recently.  It’s by an American author called Simon Sinek and turns some well established thinking completely on its head.

To cut a long story short (it’s actually not too long) Simon says that it’s more important to discover why you are doing something rather than simply going straight into what it is that you want to do.

He illustrates his point using examples from Apple.  At the core (pardon the pun) of what Apple set out to achieve was to make life simpler, more porta...

When you take action you start taking control

Posted by siteadmin on Wednesday 13th of April 2016

I had a meeting with new clients earlier this week.

A couple in their mid forties came to see me because they realised that they had put off their financial planning for ‘far too long.’ They are happy to share with others their experience and I think it’s useful to people who may be in a similar situation and may I say regardless where you are in life. What follows are some of the things we discussed during our Discovery Meeting and we’ll refer to them as Mr and Mrs L.

The trigger for commencing work and doing something about their financi...


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