MEP and UKIP leader Nigel Farage, TV financial pundit Justin Urquhart Stewart, and Alexandra Sitwell, owner of Renishaw Hall, were amongst this year’s guest speakers at the annual financial industry conference organised by Renishaw-based financial planning business, Future Life Wealth Management.
The 2011 conference was once again arranged by Future Life MD Jillian Thomas, recently short-listed in the Women in Business Awards and the National Financial Awards, for her efforts to redefine the role of financial advice practitioners in the aftermath of the global recession.
An audience of existing clients, local business people and professionals from around the region took the opportunity to hear first-hand about the crucial importance of cash and credit management, intellectual property protection and accurate, well-informed financial planning in overcoming the challenges of the current turmoil in world economies.
Renishaw Hall’s historic Red Dining Room provided the venue for an extremely well-received conference which ranged from the light-hearted to the real nuts and bolts of investment, asset protection and financial management. Witty and wise Justin Urquhart Stewart, no stranger to the spotlight from his work as a financial commentator on TV and radio, delighted the conference with an upbeat and insightful review of world markets, suggesting that planning and flexibility to react were the keys to protecting our assets. Special guest Nigel Farage then provided a fascinating and typically idiosyncratic view of the inner workings of the European Parliament, highlighting the recent transfer of financial services regulation to Brussels.
The conference’s other speakers included Richard Marlow, from Sheffield’s P&A Group, on the importance of liquidity and credit planning during a recession, and Mathys and Squire’s Ben Wyatt on the use of Intellectual Property rights to dominate a market.
“We have once again been able to bring a remarkably high calibre of speakers to our region,” said Jillian, “which I hope reflects the importance of the work Future Life Wealth Management has been doing over the last two years to create a new role for financial services, matching the needs of business people and families as we all try to deal with the current economic and banking turmoil. These events happen on the world stage, but they affect us all deeply, and our speakers managed wonderfully well to demonstrate how legislative and economic changes filter through to our own lives, and what we can do to protect ourselves.”