Regarding Gill Cardy’s column about inducements at events (FA, 11 December 2014), arranging seminars has cost me money rather than the other way round as I arrange them and invite local advisers at no cost to them as I like to be able to network and for my apprentices to speak to other advisers.
I make sure there is a venue for the seminar – usually our offices – provide tea and coffee at my own cost and arrange the food. If there is a shortfall on what the investment firms and training establishments – such as Bromley College who are the only national provider of financial servcies apprentice schemes I know of – I have invited pay, then the bill is paid out of my firm’s pocket.
What is the reverse of a bribe?
Independent Financial Adviser