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.

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...

Staying on Track - Especially in terrible weather

Posted by siteadmin on Wednesday 19th of July 2017

This week’s Vlog is delivered to you from a dry then rain sodden Mercedes-Benz World Circuit at Brooklands.

I’m sharing my thoughts on what good financial planning and motor sport have in common when it comes to creating the kind of lifestyle you want.

The link of takes you directly to the video.

The top reasons why relationships fail

Posted by siteadmin on Wednesday 5th of July 2017

When was the last time you thought ‘sod this I’ve had enough’ and ended a relationship? It could’ve been a friendship, romantic liaison or a business arrangement.

I read an article recently which listed the main reasons why people end their relationships with businesses that serve them. It made for interesting reading.

The two top reasons were a lack of trust followed by poor communication.

Having trust in someone you employ is obvious. The subject of communication is equally important. Especially for any financial planner and client rela...


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Police are "confident" the remains are that of the 19-year-old woman, who has been missing for 11 days.
The chancellor says investment will "prepare the ground" for the cars to be on UK roads by 2021.
The Queen and Prince Philip plan to spend the day with family and friends, Buckingham Palace says.
Gerry Adams tells delegates it will be his last ard fhéis (party conference) as Sinn Féin leader.
A cross-party committee calls on the UK government to say which powers will be devolved to Holyrood after Brexit.