Taylor Patterson bolsters team for auto-enrolment

The head of financial planning said Nick Howarth had been appointed as workplace pensions co-ordinator for the firm’s employee benefits team to meet increasing demand for advice on auto-enrolment.

Mr Bardin added that the new role was necessary to burnish the firm’s credentials as a one-stop shop for workplace pension planning.

Mr Howarth will remain in the role until the final stages of auto-enrolment are completed for the firm’s clients.

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The launch came as a senior manager for Taylor Patterson celebrated 25 years at the firm. Karen Draper, adviser support manager, joined the youth training scheme in 1988 and helped to build up the IT department and establish a paperless system.

Gillian Bardin, managing director of Taylor Patterson, said two recently-recruited graduates would follow in Ms Draper’s footsteps on the training scheme.

Sam Hawarden and Rachel Harper will provide administrative help while working towards their diplomas in financial planning.

Other advisory firms have also been planning for increased demand due to auto-enrolment. Cornwall-based Worldwide Financial Planning began hosting workshops and one-to-one sessions in August 2011, a year before auto-enrolment kicked off. National firm Positive Solutions also teamed up with online reward and benefits provider Benefex shortly after the launch to provide auto-enrolment advice to its clients.