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.

How not to behave during a meeting

Posted by siteadmin on Tuesday 6th of November 2018

I’ve always fancied myself as a bit of an actor. Les Clooney has a certain ring to it.

My Wife Caroline is forever telling me to ‘stop acting up’, so I’m guessing she recognises my dramatic ability too.

In this latest Vlog I get to exercise my acting muscles, share the stage with a ‘co-star’ and highlight how not to behave during a meeting.

To view, just click on

If anyone from Pinewood, Hollywood or indeed even Borehamwood is watching and wants me for a role they’re casting, you’ll have to speak with my age...

Ch ch ch ch Changes

Posted by siteadmin on Tuesday 16th of October 2018

Woolworth used to be the place to go for bits and bobs and your pick'n'mix on the High Street. The Yellow Pages was the first place you’d turn to when needing a business’s number. And there was even a time when mobile phones were the size of a suitcase and only owned by stock brokers or drug dealers.

But things have changed. The technological revolution we’ve experienced over the past 15 or so years has impacted all our lives for better and for worse.

You just need to look at the High Street outside my Pinner office and in Bridge Street ju...

Three things I hate

Posted by siteadmin on Wednesday 3rd of October 2018

Hello and welcome to my latest Vlog where I share with you three things that irritate the hell out of me when it comes to dealing with businesses.

And it seems as if it’s not just me who is driven to distraction by these kind of business behaviours.

Just click on to view, where I’d love to hear what things companies (or indeed individuals) do that infuriate you.​

The link between volunteering and lifestyle financial planning

Posted by siteadmin on Tuesday 18th of September 2018

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, recently released a report called the Community Life Survey. The report stated 22 per cent of adults in the UK formally volunteered at least one hour of their time once a month to a wide variety of causes.

And I’m proud to say I am one of that 22 per cent, where I volunteer regularly with three different groups.

The first is The Bright Ideas Trust, which is a charity founded by Tim Campbell MBE who was the first winner of the BBC TV show The Apprentice. The charity gives support to disa...

Why Volunteer?

Posted by siteadmin on Wednesday 5th of September 2018

In this latest Vlog, I talk about a subject very close to my heart.

I volunteer with three different organisations and for varying reasons but are united by one common aspect, which I'll share with you in this video.

Just click on to view.​

Why Gareth Southgate would make a great financial planner

Posted by siteadmin on Monday 20th of August 2018

The unexpected World Cup adventure England had in Russia has seen Gareth Southgate’s popularity rocket.

Around six years ago, I attended a Football Association event at Wembley Stadium when I was involved with grassroots football.

Gareth was there in his then role as head of the FA’s Elite Development programme, for a question and answer session.

He dealt with everyone’s questions, including my own about England’s issues with penalties, in the way we’ve all now become familiar to hearing.  And with a touch of class, intelligence and modes...

Are Your Financial Plans Out of Focus?

Posted by siteadmin on Wednesday 8th of August 2018

Hello and welcome to my latest Vlog.
It’s about the importance of focusing on your financial plans and even includes a bit of Benny Hill.

Just click on to view.​

Thanks for watching.

My Room 101

Posted by siteadmin on Wednesday 18th of July 2018

Welcome to my 101st Blog.

It started off as a regular feature in 2014 and since then, we’ve compiled a back catalogue The Beatles would be proud of.

And what better way to celebrate 101 not out than by name checking George Orwell and his classic novel 1984.

In that book, Orwell created Room 101 as the basement torture chamber in the Ministry of Love, in which the all-powerful Party attempts to subject a prisoner to his or her own worst nightmare, fear or phobia with the object of breaking down their resistance.

Personally, it has more me...

They Think It's All Over ...........It's Only Just Begun

Posted by siteadmin on Tuesday 3rd of July 2018

The day before the World Cup began in Russia, I headed down to my local park. Not for a kick-about (although I did have a weird dream that Gareth Southgate had rung me offering me with a place on the team), but to film this Vlog.

Any big achievement takes planning. Whether it’s preparing for your retirement, getting your financial house in good working order or trying to win the World Cup.

Just click on to view.​

Thanks for watching.

Don’t Lose Sleep Over It

Posted by siteadmin on Wednesday 20th of June 2018

I read an article recently which listed money worries as the number one reason people suffered sleepless nights.

It was a fascinating report and included a statistic that the ‘feel good factor’ people felt from a great night’s sleep was equal to that of being told they were having their pay doubled. (According to a scientific test carried out by an American university).

I’ve seen over the years people complain about the impact financial concerns were having on their sleep.

So, with that in mind here’s five-night time tips from the sleepco...


UK News

Theresa May is speaking to senior ministers one-to-one ahead of a special cabinet on Wednesday.
Sana Muhammad's baby was born shortly after she was fatally attacked in her east London home.
Viewers share their experiences of watching Peter Jackson's much-praised film, They Shall Not Grow Old.
Susanna Dinnage is named as the new chief executive of the Premier League, replacing Richard Scudamore.
Simon Pellett and two accomplices were caught with heroin and cocaine worth £3.4m and 10 guns.