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.

Mistakes can be Costly but sometimes you need to take a Blind Leap of Faith

Posted by siteadmin on Wednesday 30th of March 2016

We’ve all done it. It may have been spending too much on something that turned out to be over priced rubbish. Or, letting a screaming bargain pass us by only to be snapped up by someone else.

But the following examples of mistakes involving money might make you feel a little better about taking the wrong course of action (unless of course you were somehow involved).

Back in 1961 a Dick Rowe of Decca Records turned down the chance to sign a band from Liverpool called The Beatles. His rationale was that ‘guitar groups are going out of fashio...

Value versus cost and why you should be careful with Dining Tables

Posted by siteadmin on Wednesday 16th of March 2016

If you’ve opened this email within moments of it getting sent then like me, you’ll be aware that George Osborne will be announcing his Budget within the next hour or so.  If you've opened it later, you'll know what he's announced.

I’ve written this blog prior to the Budget. But one thing I can predict with a degree of certainty is that there will be a few surprises. There always is with at least one rabbit sprung from the chancellor’s hat.

The Budget is a time when many of us have a think about what stuff costs. Am I better or worse off is...

Daring to be Different

Posted by siteadmin on Wednesday 2nd of March 2016

'Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results' - Albert Einstein.

I thought that the perfect way to start this blog would be with a quote from old clever clogs himself.

As it happens, I wholeheartedly agree with Mr Einstein’s sentiments. And that’s why I’m passionate about constantly improving the way we serve our clients.  Indeed, we're daring to be different!

I attended an event recently, hosted by Nucleus Financial who we use quite extensively. Their CEO, a chap called David Ferguson who I know w...

The Meaning of Life ............Planning

Posted by siteadmin on Wednesday 17th of February 2016

I better start this blog where I finished off the last one, heading to jail.

On March 11th I’m being locked up. Thankfully it’s in the name of charity rather than anything untoward. It’s part of a fundraiser on behalf of St Luke’s Hospice in Kenton where local community figures get ‘banged up’ in Pinner Police Station and only released after £1,000 has been raised as ‘bail’.

The event is aptly called jail and bail and if you would like to make a donation the link to the Just Giving page is

I’m doing this wi...

Who says that pleasure and business can't mix?

Posted by siteadmin on Wednesday 3rd of February 2016

Late last year I was sitting making marketing plans for 2016 and I was thinking about arranging some regular corporate hospitality for clients, suppliers, family and friends.

The usual things sprung to mind. A box at a football club and golf days being another. But then an opportunity came up which meant I could really get the best of both worlds.

As those that know me and regular readers of this blog will be aware, I’m a big motor sport fan. I’m also a firm advocate of innovation and looking to do things differently for a gain in results....

Blue ‘Sky’ Monday

Posted by siteadmin on Wednesday 20th of January 2016

You might have read or heard that Monday of this week was apparently the most depressing day of the year. I even touched on it in my Blog of this time last year.

It’s been dubbed ‘Blue Monday’ and is the perfect storm of melancholy and misery, apparently.

A doom laden mix of wintry weather, the festive break a rapidly receding memory and for many it’s about now their credit card bills from splurges come home to roost. At least so they say!

While many people may have been in a pit of despair, my Monday last was spent sitting in the lounge ...

Taking the Stress out of Financial Planning

Posted by siteadmin on Wednesday 6th of January 2016

Hello and a Happy New Year to you all.

As mentioned in my last blog, I’m celebrating 25 years in the financial industry by releasing a mini book - The 5 Fundamental Steps to Solid Financial Planning.

It’s an easy to understand guide aimed at taking the stress out of financial planning.

Originally it was only available digitally but we've received such good feedback about it since the launch that I’ve now ordered print versions, which will be with us in the very near future.

To secure your complimentary printed copy just send me an email....

It’s my 25th Birthday!

Posted by siteadmin on Wednesday 16th of December 2015

Early next year I celebrate my 25th birthday.

And before you call me a fibber and cast doubt upon my claim, let me explain. You see, January 2016 marks 25 years that I’ve worked in the financial industry.

I was asked the other day what got me involved in the sector. Well, to tell the truth it wasn't part of any grand career plan I had.

After leaving school I went to work for my Dad’s graphics firm. I loved it and it was all I wanted to do. I worked through the ranks to be running my own subsidiary and can distinctly remember walking aroun...

A tin of Beans is a Recipe for Success

Posted by siteadmin on Wednesday 2nd of December 2015

It’s been a hectic fortnight for me. I’ve been hurtling around an iconic stadium, dining with a Mayor and Mayoress and playing a part in one of Pinner’s best ever Pantomime Evenings.

But the inspiration for this blog came while in a familiar setting and from a source I know very well. That being my son, Ben.

We were both in the kitchen a few weeks ago. Ben was reading and I was struggling to open a tin of beans in preparation for my signature dish of beans on toast as we were fending for ourselves that evening.

For the life of me I couldn...

A Plan Without Action is Just a piece of Paper

Posted by siteadmin on Wednesday 18th of November 2015

An hour or so before my wife and I were jetting off to Tenerife for a week in the sun a few weeks ago, my iPhone ‘pinged’ to inform me an email had come in.

It was from the company that runs the karting races I regularly compete in. They were offering a chance to take part in a one and half hour endurance race at the former Olympic Stadium in Stratford this coming Saturday 21st November.

This was to feature as part of a huge event called the Race of Champions, where some of the legends of Motorsport would be competing. Current F1 stars of ...


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