On 1st June, we turned the grand age of ten! Below, our Founder and Director, Cathi, shares her reflections on the last decade…

“Well – 10 years – that went fast!

The official birthday for Para-Sols is 1st June, as June 2009 is the month I did my first freelance paraplanning work and was able to do a huge invoice at the end of the month for around £40…  

I had, however, been working on the business for 3 months by this point. I had quit my employed paraplanning role, sold my car, and figured the proceeds from the car were sufficient to pay my mortgage and basic expenses for those 3 months, by which point I would surely be living the freelance dream.  

In reality, I hadn’t factored in things like needing to eat, and so by the end of the 3 months (end of May), I was completely broke. Literally the most broke I’ve ever been in my life. I was recounting a story the other day of, around this time, feeling depressed that my new business wasn’t going how I wanted, I dug around and found 20p in my flat. Literally the only 20p I had left in the world. And I went to Greggs to treat myself to an iced split which I recalled being 17p. But, when I got there, I discovered that, thanks to the wonders of inflation, they were now 25p, and I couldn’t afford one.  

I walked down to my Mum’s (obviously couldn’t afford petrol) and sat and cried at the fact I couldn’t even buy a cream cake. She gave me 10p, told me to go and buy one, and then to go and get a job, as I obviously couldn’t carry on like this. I suspect the majority of new businesses go through similar struggles and lows at the beginning, and I can easily see why many people would choose to stop at this point. I almost did.  

Fortunately for me (not so fortunately for the people who have to deal with me on a daily basis), my intense stubbornness wouldn’t let me quit just yet. I managed to get a repayment holiday on my mortgage, did some part-time waitressing (terribly) to feed myself, and, at the end of that month, was able to do my first invoice… and away we went.  

And what a ten years since! So many highs, so many challenges, so many lessons learned, and the ability to meet and work with so many wonderful people along the way. I’ll be forever grateful to those who have taken a chance on me and Para-Sols; the team, especially the early employees (I’m looking at you Jo Campbell) for taking the risk of joining a fledgling company. And the clients that give us the opportunity to support them and their businesses, and understood when the inevitable growing pains hit and things sometimes got difficult.  

There’s an old adage that ‘overnight success’ actually takes 10 years to achieve… and I have felt every day of those 10 years to get to where we are now! But where we are is somewhere phenomenal, with a huge amount to still look forward to as we build out the businesses within The Verve Group over the coming 10 years.  

So Happy Birthday Para-Sols; thank you to everyone that has supported us, and roll on the next 10 years! Time for an iced split or two I think…”

 

If you have somewhat of a beady eye, you may have noticed an increase in the number of wonderful faces populating our team page… as the saying goes, “we’re gonna need a bigger boat”. Well, a bigger office, but that doesn’t sound quite as good does it?

With an office move to bigger premises imminent (more on that in the coming weeks), it’s important that we invest in our team to keep providing the top-class service that we’re so immensely proud of. We’ve added to our growing brood and along with the new people, comes brand new skill sets and strengths, which of course, enriches the rest of the team.

We’ve taken time to look at the needs for each department, not just paraplanners, and what the business needs overall in order to scale and further service our clients demands.

Technical Research

We’ve expanded our Technical Research hub, so there’s more friendly voices at the end of the phone, ready to talk to providers on client’s behalf. Joining the Technical Research hub, we have Ellen, (who is an absolute whizz on Excel!) and Laura, who has 12 years of experience in financial services, bringing along with her a wealth of knowledge.

As the paraplanners are ever more in demand, it’s vital that we keep up with the research side of things too. Our Technical Researchers work in harmony with our Paraplanners – much like salt and vinegar, they bring out the best in each other! We’ve already noticed a huge difference with having the girls on board!

Paraplanners

The Grad Scheme is as popular as ever with the applications continuously flooding in. It’s heart-warming to see that paraplanning is fast becoming the recognised career choice we work so tirelessly to promote.

From the last assessment day of 2018, we took on two new budding Graduate Paraplanners, ready to soak themselves in the Para-Sols knowledge – Michael and Andrew joined us around 6 months ago now. Rolling up their sleeves and immersing themselves with Technical Researchers during the first half of their probation, they gained a solid foundation of the profession and are now readying themselves to embark on their Level 4.

Only a couple of weeks ago, we again held our grad assessment day (the first of 2019 – how time flies!), and so, just this week, we have welcomed three more newbies – Luke, Ellie and Johnathan – who are raring to follow in the footsteps of their new colleagues.

We’ve also welcomed Junior Paraplanner Francis to the team in recent months. Francis is no stranger to the profession and joins us having worked as a paraplanner within an IFA the last few years. He’s fast picked up the ‘Para-Sols Way’!

And last but not least…

Not only have we added to the obvious aspects of the business, but we’ve also welcomed a couple of additional operational support roles to keep the growing team in order and working at the top of our game. Tiffany is our Office Manager and tasked with keeping us all organised (and finding us new office space!) so be sure to say hi next time you call, she’s likely to be the one to answer.

And also, Naomi joined us as Marketing & Events Manager and is responsible for, well, exactly that – marketing, events, and ultimately, all things communications!

It’s amazing to see the team filling up with so many like-minded people who are passionate about changing the face of financial services!

There’s been some exciting developments here at Para-Sols – and we wanted to bring you up to speed with the latest from us.

Since we set up Para-Sols nearly 10 years ago, we’ve continued to build our brand and drive our mission to create flexible outsourced paraplanning solutions, as well as educating the next generation in financial services. Over the years we’ve had persistent requests to offer external training, and so we’ve been on the lookout for an opportunity to do just that!

With this in mind, it was a no-brainer to offer up our support to sister company (and the latest addition to The Verve Group family) – The Art of Finance working with Cathi and the team to bring their paraplanner training – The Art of Paraplanning – to life!

As a fellow member of The Verve Group, we were a natural fit to help support The Art of Paraplanning, and the Para-Sols’ team have helped codesign the practical stream of the course to ensure that the programme is engaging, relevant and exciting!

The Art of Paraplanning is a flexible course that provides the perfect training solution for firms looking to upskill members of their existing team, as well as individuals who are looking to get into or further develop their career in financial services. The financial services profession is changing, and we align with The Art of Finance’s vision that the training should be ever-evolving too.

Para-Sols are very excited to be part of this fresh new approach to financial training. Not only does the course offer candidates the important technical knowledge to gain the qualifications needed, but it also provides them with the practical skills that are required to apply their learning back at the office. It’s an interactive course, which is designed to take someone with little or no financial services experiences, to a fully qualified, and trained level 4 paraplanner over 20 months.

To learn more about The Art of Paraplanning or the other courses available, visit The Art of Finance or get in touch! The next cohort of The Art of Paraplanning is due to kick off on 16th May 2019 and details on the Autumn cohort (21st October) will be released in the coming weeks.

From graduate, to Chartered, award-winning paraplanner…

You may have heard us say once or twice how very proud we are of our team – and recently, we’ve had even more reason to beam with pride, as our Head of Paraplanning, Grant, has not only made the front cover of Professional Paraplanner magazine, he also took home the trophy of Paraplanner of the Year at the Professional Adviser Awards!

The achievements are well deserved, as his career journey is truly inspiring. You can read Grant’s featured article where he talks about his journey into paraplanning and his views on changing profession, here.

You may have heard that not so long ago, our Strategic Leadership Team (SLT) was shortlisted for ‘Entrepreneurial Team of the Year’ at the Great British Entrepreneur awards, sponsored by NatWest. Well, a couple of weeks ago was the regional final and although they didn’t come away with the winner’s trophy, they did receive the runner up award – meaning we’re proud as punch with their second place. Out of a whopping 3,000 applications, it was an incredible achievement to simply be shortlisted, but to walk out of Old Trafford with the runners up title has left us as a company further inspired.

As part of the application process, they were asked for 10 words that describe the team and a short reason for each one – it was a chance for some real self-analysis, putting their strengths into the limelight to understand why they work so well together. So, they got out the mirror, took a good look at themselves and this is what they came up with:

Innovative – They created a dedicated graduate programme (www.thegradscheme.co.uk) in order to attract young people into the financial services industry.

‘feshnal’ – Ok, so it’s not actually a proper word. It’s their take on the word ‘professional’ which means that they take a professional approach to growing and building a successful business without going entirely ‘corporate’ and losing the fun flair they’re renowned for.

Revolutionary – Their vision is to revolutionise the full profession – whether that be their commitment to encouraging fresh talent into financial services, a brand-new approach to compliance (via sister company Apricity) or even the fact that they are an all-female Leadership Team in financial services.

Ambitious – Together they have developed and launched a second business, Apricity Compliance. Sister company to Para-Sols, Apricity is a compliance provider designed to support forward-thinking financial advisers / planners in taking a risk-based approach to their compliance and banning the traditional checkbox mentality.

Eclectic – They’re a team of four, each a master in their own arena, who collectively are a perfect blend of knowledge, experience and leadership styles. Cathi – the entrepreneurial one. Jo – the process-driven one. Kim – the target-driven one. Natalie – the emotionally intelligent one.

Geeks – Simply, they all really love what they do and relish in constantly educating themselves to make sure they’re at the top of their game. Exams, textbooks, business books, events…

Devoted – What’s a 9-5 working day?! They work in the office. They work from home. They work on trains. They work in cars. And what’s more, they thrive from doing so.

Compassionate – They love nothing more than seeing their colleagues grow, both personally and professionally. They prioritise learning development and invest a huge amount of resource to training – from small scale initiatives such as Study Clubs to the creation of a company-wide leadership development programme.

Inclusive – They’re advocates for building relationships at all levels and love team building activities as much as the next person. Especially when it involves some social drinks!

Appreciative – They know that hard work goes a long way and acknowledge that everyone plays their part in the successes we’ve achieved to date. They’re not strangers to showing their appreciation and often plan staff incentive days, company lunches and just good-old fashioned thank-you cards.

We believe that holding these qualities truly makes them gel together as a team and ensures that they run all aspects of the businesses in the way that they do. It was insightful to see what they came up with when discussing these ten words and as a business we were all over the moon that they impressed the judges with the final outcome.

As a full team, we are incredibly proud of our SLT and grateful to the GBEA for the runners up title. We’ll see you next year and with a bit of luck, come home with some silverware…

Last night was a triumphant one for Para-Sols as we walked away with not one… not two… but three awards at the Professional Adviser Women in Financial Advice Awards!

Most Inspiring Returner

Our Founder and Director, Cathi Harrison, was awarded ‘Most Inspiring Returner’ recognising her determination whilst on, and her return from, maternity leave. Coming up with a new business idea (which we now know as our sister company Apricity) is one thing, but her tenacity was put to the test when she returned and soon set about putting her ideas in to action. Starting a new business at the same time as growing an existing one, with a newborn, is proof she was more than deserving of this award. And yes, she was known to answer the odd email from her hospital bed!

Woman of the Year – Adviser Support Services

A second award won by Cathi, reflected the support that both Para-Sols and Apricity provides advisers and planners across the UK. The full team work incredibly hard to deliver the highest quality of support to our clients, so to receive this particular award was a genuine achievement for the full business. We have a few more developments in the pipeline to support our clients and the profession, and hopefully, you’ll get to see our upcoming plans flourish before the year is out…

Highly Commended – Team Leader of the Year

Our Director of Quality & Operations, Jo Campbell, may not have scooped the win but was Highly Commended for her success in leading and training the full team of paraplanners. Her financial seminars have inspired all attendees and have demonstrated the power of financial services marketing. Also, as an active Paraplanner, the whole company respect her position and she is considered a role model by many, which is a wonderful attribute to have when leading a growing team through change.

We are unbelievably proud of our ladies who are well and truly flying the flag for women in finance!

What does a good defined benefit transfer file look like?

A question that our sister company, Apricity, get asked frequently. So, in light of this together with them, they have put a guide together to make things more clear, naturally with a helping hand from us.

This guide will look at the various components of a file that has recommended a defined benefit transfer, provide some pointers, and talk about what Apricity would expect to see in an “ideal” case.

Due to the timeliness of this paper, it also includes an additional element focused on the upcoming changes.

It’s important to remember the individuality; of every case, scheme and, of course, client. Any kind of templating or tickbox mentality is unlikely to result in a strong file. Approaching each case with a blank page view is likely to result in a much more compliant case.

This paper will provide some context, ideas and guidance in, hopefully, plain English. Apricity undertook a survey to find out the concerns people have in this area, and some of these results are summarised at the end. It has also been aimed to cover specific issues advisers raised when undertaking the survey in here.

To download your copy of this free guide, visit the Apricity site here.

Following on from the recent success we have had with becoming finalists, yesterday it was announced that we have reached the finals of the NatWest Great British Entrepreneur Awards for Team of the Year – and we are over the moon!

We entered our Strategic Leadership Team:

Cathi Harrison – Founder & Owner

Kim Binks – Director of Client Relations

Natalie Bell – Director of Culture & Engagement

Jo Campbell – Director of Quality & Operation

We have such an eclectic SLT, who all have completely different skills and attributes that they bring to the table – each one of them is vital to making the business a success and it’s humbling to know that their work is being recognised.

After learning that it has been a ‘record-breaking year for the awards’, with the sheer number of entrees they have received, this has made us extremely proud to be finalists and shows that hard work pays off.

We are looking forward to the awards night in November and wish everyone the best of luck!

Last week we received some fantastic news; we have been shortlisted for Professional Adviser’s ‘Women in Financial Advice Awards’  – in fact, three members of the team have been shortlisted for 5 different awards!

Without further ado…

Cathi Harrison – our Founder & Owner – is a shortlisted finalist in three categories. Unsurprisingly, they are ‘Paraplanner of the Year’, ‘Most Inspiring Returner of the Year’ following her incredible comeback from maternity leave with a brand-new business idea (which we now know as our sister company, compliance business Apricity). And also, ‘Woman of the Year – Adviser Support Services’ for her overall contribution to the profession across both businesses.

Natalie Bell, our Director of Culture & Engagement is a finalist in the ‘Rising Star’ category having been recognised for her cross-sector working.  Despite joining financial services just a short 19-months ago following a career move working with the public sector, her wealth of knowledge and experience of successful engagement – namely change initiatives for the NHS and generational theory within youth employability, welfare to work and justice – has proved instrumental in our recent growth and repositioning.

Jo Campbell, our Director of Operations & Quality has been shortlisted for the ‘Team Leader of the Year’ category. Despite already being an award-winning Paraplanner, in the last year Jo has been crucial in the planning and successful delivery of a new internal structure across our whole paraplanning team, as well the responsibility of her own individual ‘hub’.

Having an all-female Strategic Leadership Team is rare in financial services. Very rare. And although, it wasn’t created by design, but rather by coincidence, it’s a uniqueness we’re proud of so, to be recognised for our efforts at a national level is amazing for us as a company. It is especially humbling that out of a whopping 800 applicants (!!) we were chosen for 5 separate awards.

Good luck to everyone who has reached the final stage of the awards, it’s great to be listed alongside some incredibly inspirational names. We’ll see you in London!

As the business expands and grows, we are investing more time and effort into padding out our full team with the correct support roles that they need (see our previous blog post for more evidence of this) – this meant taking steps to expand our Technical Research team once again.

This time, we are introducing the newest Technical Researcher, Megan; already, Megan has shown strong skills that she puts into her work every day and we believe that her future here at Para-Sols is extremely bright.

Below, Megan tells us her first impressions;

What’s been your first impressions of Para-Sols?

I have really enjoyed the friendly atmosphere in the office – it’s lovely to be in an environment which feels so modern and different. The fact that we can wear what we like to work and there is no formal dress code, as there usually is in office jobs, makes it feel very relaxed and comfortable. There’s so many things that I have made lasting impressions on me since starting; the Para-Pub, where we chill after work on a Friday, is a great incentive! The office dogs are also a really nice extra to have, they always make people smile on a daily basis. I remember leaving the office on my first day thinking, ‘I can really see myself having a future here’, which was a lovely feeling.

What have you learnt so far? 

It may sound funny, but I have learnt how to use a Mac and two computer screens at the same time, without going dizzy or cross-eyed! Considering I had no previous experience in this industry, I feel as though I have already picked up a lot. It’s great because with the support and training I have received since starting, I have learnt a lot about pensions and investments in such a short space of time.

What are you most looking forward to?

I’m really looking forward to learning so much more within the job role. I hope to do further training and exams to broaden my knowledge and get some more qualifications in this industry – I want to further my knowledge and have a successful career in financial services and I believe that Para-Sols can offer this to me. I am especially looking forward to watching the team expand and grow!

Maybe you’ve noticed that we‘ve been busy little bees expanding our team recently (and if you haven’t, stop what you’re doing and go check our Team  page).

As with everything we do here at Para-Sols, the quality of our business is always at the forefront of our priorities – this in mind, we knew we needed to create a couple of new job roles in order to improve our efficiency and to support our existing team to truly hone in on their skills and allow them to do their job to their highest ability. Earlier this year we employed two new members of the team, both with very different job titles and very different ways of supporting our office.

Just in the (k)Nic of time!

As a once much smaller business, but one full of ambition and growing quickly, we soon came to the realisation that we needed an Office Manager, and pronto! We knew that this would come as a huge provision to our team, as the role would take away the pressure of completing the daily office admin tasks that we’d naturally all acquired over time and allow them to focus their efforts on the job in hand. On that note, welcome Nic!

Nic has become a bright light on a dark day for us here at Para-Sols – she has relieved the team of the typical ‘admin jobs’ every busy office creates and although she’s been with us a few months, is already running a tighter ship than we could’ve hoped! We did a quick interview with Nic to see how she’s found the role so far, take a read below.

Jas hands!

And we didn’t stop there. We’ve also introduced another supporting role in recent months and that’s our new Marketing & Communications Assistant – a role taken on by Jasmine. Jas, as she’s more commonly known, now has daily marketing responsibilities that were previously undertaken by Natalie, giving her more hours in the day to focus on staff engagement, coaching and development and organisational change across the team – absolutely crucial to ensure that as we grow, we don’t lose sight of who we are. Another huge support to the team, this means that Natalie can focus more on her strategic responsibilities assured that the day to day marketing is still in good hands. We asked Jas a few questions on how she’s enjoying her new role – take a read below.

Recruiting for two none-directly income generating roles was a considered decision by us. We very much felt that in order to serve our clients with the world-class quality service they deserved and of which we’d become renown for, it was an imperative step within our expansion plans.

 

Nic
What’s been your first impressions of Para-Sols?

My first impressions were how relaxed the atmosphere is within the office. I also love The Tunstall Arms, (the pub we have in the office), it’s a really great concept and winding down on a Friday together, really sets you up for a lovely weekend. It’s also really nice to be able to spend some time with my work colleagues in our pub at the end of a week, as you get to know everyone in a different environment but whilst still being in the office. I instantly noticed the positive vibes that people have towards their job – when you walk in, you can just tell that everyone is engrossed in their jobs and really enjoying their work, which is great. I’d previously done 10 years with a local authority so coming here has been a much-needed breath of fresh air!

What have you learnt so far?

So far, I have learnt how to organise chaos! *laughs nervously*. On a serious note, it’s amazing getting to know a new sector and also a new role. Despite having a lifetime’s worth of customer service, admin and office skills, the role of Office Manager is a new one to me but I’m raring to kick-start my career in a slightly different direction. Because the Office Manager is a brand-new role to the business, it’s meant that I can mould and shape it to put my own mark on things. I’m already building relationships with existing clients by speaking to them regularly over the phone, and really enjoying putting various systems and procedures in place to ensure we run a lean office.

What are you most looking forward to?

It’s an extensive job role and covers a lot of different areas – from all aspects of office management to managing the diaries of the leadership team – so I’m looking forward to exploring all aspects of it and am relishing in the opportunity of making the job my own. This is a fresh approach, clean slate – call it what you will – and the prospect of really making my mark and being able to support an amazing team to be more amazing is what really excites me.

Jasmine
What’s been your first impressions of Para-Sols?

The quality of the office that stood out to me the most was definitely the atmosphere. It is noticeable from the moment you walk in and continues to be a focal point the more you are involved in it. In my interview, I had Cedric, (the office dog), bounding over to me and it immediately put me at ease – it’s certainly not your usual office! What has been really great for me is that Para-Sols has completely lived up to my expectations of how it was going to be; after reading the website and getting a feel for things, I thought, “It can’t be that great can it?”, but I can confirm, yes, it is that great!

Another attribute that stood out to me from day one, was the team moral. Everyone has each other’s back and it’s so easy to see this when working in the environment. In my first week there was an ‘unofficial’ staff night out, which is always a great way to get to know everyone! I’ve never started a job where you feel like part of the family straight away, yet this is exactly how it has felt here.

The support you receive is fantastic, you couldn’t really ask for more. Plus, it’s snacks galore… and as I said earlier, there’s office dogs. I needn’t say much more.

What have you learnt so far?

In such a short space of time I have already learnt so much about the company and how it is running. My design skills have massively improved and expanded, something that I hope will continue into my career here at Para-Sols. I have found it amazing that I can now use the skills that I gained at uni in everyday life at work, I had always wanted a chance to do this.

I have learnt a lot about how the company is ran as a whole and it’s great to work in a place where the staff are so appreciated. Everyone is equal and that’s a really positive quality. The support I have received since starting has been so beneficial – within a few weeks I had been taught how to use the majority of the software tools and systems we use within marketing and given the opportunity to work my way around them, at my own pace. This has been a huge relief, as you never know how fast a workplace expects you to pick things up, but the fact that there has been no pressure in this sense, has made it easier to do so.

What are you most looking forward to?

I am looking forward to embracing more responsibilities as time goes on. It’s so empowering knowing that you work in a place, where a career in what you love, is possible. I’m also looking forward to getting to know the brand at a higher level. I work across both Para-Sols and our sister compliance company Apricity so them, together with The Grad Scheme, I currently have to get to learn 3 brands inside out! Overall, I’d like to expand my knowledge on the whole industry, I am already picking things up across the profession that I wouldn’t have had a clue about previously, which actually, is an unexpected surprise.

On a social level, I can’t wait to get to know everyone better. The office is such a friendly place and it really does feel like a family.

If a little birdie hadn’t already mentioned it, it was our birthday at the beginning of this month and like every annual milestone, it’s forced us to reflect on the year that’s just passed us by – celebrate the highs, learn from the not-so-highs and move forward with your new-found wisdom and vigour.

As the saying goes, time flies when you’re having fun. And what fun we’ve had, along with an impressive expansion of the team; a company rebrand; launched our sister compliance company Apricity; multiple exam passes and a few big academic milestones to celebrate too.

Pillars of support.

The team has grown ten-fold this last year – mainly in our paraplanning department (due to the success of our graduate training scheme) – but in more recent months, we’ve extended our focus across other departments and introduced a number of new support job roles outside of our core business. Building more support capacity for our paraplanners, and business as a whole, makes us much more efficient in how we operate and means that individuals can own their expertise and hone in their own skills.

Since June 2017, we’ve welcomed an Office Manager, a Marketing & Communications Assistant and a Training Coordinator, as well as a fully qualified Paraplanner, three new Technical Researchers and eight new graduate paraplanners. Phew! Our most recent recruits will be featured in some upcoming blogs but in the meantime, you can familiarise yourself with the newest faces on our team page.

Diploma success.

The team have also been busy with their studies and a few members of the team have passed some big academic milestones this last year. Bear with us whilst we pull out our boasting book…

Kate joined us via our graduate training programme, The Grad Scheme, back in 2015 having completed her degree in Zoology and with a keen love of maths! Since she embarked on her career with us, she’s shown great enthusiasm and passion for both her work and studies and earnt herself her Level 4 Diploma earlier this year. Colleague and fellow graduate, Rachael joined the team almost a year later in 2016 and has proved her tenacious nature over the last 20 months to thrive in her exams whilst maintaining her standards in her day job too. She too completed her Level 4 Diploma last month and we couldn’t be prouder of how much they’ve both grown in experience, knowledge and character since joining us.

Chartered status.

And the exciting news doesn’t stop there. Grant joined us as our first ever grad via our graduate training programme, way back in 2013 and he’s inspired the team every day since.  During his time with us, he’s successfully completed both his Level 4 and Advanced Diploma and now with five years’ experience, has achieved his ultimate goal – gaining Chartered status. His commitment to the company has always been outstanding, having volunteered for 2 office moves and has remained a solid company ambassador during our recent growth. He’s well respected by all within the team, is a world-class paraplanner and above all else, a wonderful role model to others. It’s outstanding the strength of character he has shown since starting with us, watching him grow into a real inspiration to the rest of the team is very humbling and we feel delighted to have played a part in his story.

Target-tastic.

With a whole load of investment going into the team – both in terms of additional capacity, their learning and development and retaining their engagement – we were absolutely delighted to have exceeded our overall annual target and had our first year of 12 consecutive months above target too.

Summer Soirée.

Ninth birthdays may not be your usual iconic birthdays but for us, it’s been extraordinary. So, with all of that in mind, we did what we do best…. celebrate! We changed proceedings this year (simply because there’s too many of us to go on a bar-crawl around town) and held our first Summer Soiree for the team and we ate, we drank and we danced – even the sun made an appearance. There’s been long days and countless late nights so when you work hard, it’s important to play hard too when you get the chance. Practicing what we preach, we let our hair down and got to know the latest round of newbies.

Cathi addressed the team with an abundance of gratitude for all the hard work that went into making last year the success it was and talked through the vision for the year ahead. That included some ambitious targets, plans to improve our client engagement and some exciting new developments across Para-Sols and our sister compliance company, Apricity. More to come on that exciting development soon – it’s a good one, we promise….

 

Fun Facts.

We know how to party here at Para-Sols – here is a fun little infographic showing exactly what was consumed at our Summer Soirée!