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    WMG Funds LLP

    WMG Funds LLP

    Pieter Van Leuven

    “Our experience of working with Thistle Initiatives has been exceptionally good. After due consideration and comparison of various service providers, WMG Advisors engaged Thistle to perform an external review of our systems and controls, our policies and procedures and to provide ongoing training to meet our compliance needs. Thistle deployed serious resources to the project, and provided comprehensive analysis and recommendations. Thistle has responded quickly and clearly to all of our requests to date. We continue to be impressed with both the methodology and the people that we deal with throughout their organisation."

    Clear Capital Markets

    Clear Capital Markets

    Bob Roberts

    "Thistle Initiatives provided us with a high quality service throughout every stage of the FCA Application process, and continue to provide us with very clear, focused compliance advice when requested."

    Key To Market

    Key To Market

    Giancarmelo Spampinato

    "Thistle provides us with expansive, up to date knowledge, translated into clear, uncomplicated investment compliance guidance time and time again. We have no hesitation in recommending their compliance support and external auditing service."

    Logic Investments

    Logic Investments

    Darren Easton

    "Thistle are quick to respond to any queries, and always provide clear, focused advice."

    Octafx

    Octafx

    Daniel Harris

    "Thistle’s assistance throughout our FCA application and for our variation of permission application was invaluable."

    Cygnus Investments

    Cygnus Investments

    Charles Leach

    "Thistle’s approach and advice delivery is spot on."


    Telephone: +44 (0)20 7436 0630
    Email: info@thistleinitiatives.co.uk


    CrowdBnk

    CrowdBnk

    Ayan Mitra

    "Thistle respond to us in a timely manner, there is always someone available to answer any questions."

    Home Grown

    Home Grown

    Anthony Rushworth

    "They do not provide just an Appointed Representative service, but also are a continuing source of information and advice."

    Crowd2Fund

    Crowd2Fund

    Christopher Hancock

    "We are very happy with Thistle's services and would not hesitate in recommending them to other firms."

    Share Credit

    Share Credit

    Karen Workman

    "Thistle and its FCA principal firm Resolution Compliance Ltd have continuously provided an excellent service to us as an Appointed Representative, and also throughout the FCA Application process."



    Be Protected

    Be Protected

    Louise Robinson

    "We have found the support and technical ability of the team at Thistle to be second to none. From financial promotions to vary our permissions the team have been excellent."

    Bellpenny

    Bellpenny

    Nigel Stockton

    "We have used Thistle as compliance consultants for a number of years. Thistle assists the firm with complex compliance matters, acquisition due diligence and general business support. We have found the service to be excellent."

    Optimum Global

    Optimum Global

    Peter Saunders

    "Thistle took the time to really understand our business model and have become an integral part of our compliance framework."

    Gardx

    Gardx

    Dave Allmark

    "Thistle were extremely efficient throughout our FCA Application process – a potentially difficult process was made simple."

    T H March

    T H March

    Peter Goodman Dip CII

    "I have found the Thistle workshops a good place to learn about and debate upcoming regulatory changes. Whilst I am generally aware of what is planned by the FCA ahead of the workshops, I find it useful being able to obtain the views of the knowledgeable Thistle staff and discuss with peers within the industry who are facing the same challenges. It is nice to know you are not alone!

    I always find the helpline is answered promptly and it is good to be able to speak with a friendly voice at the other end to provide a view on regulatory topics."

    Ross & Liddell

    Ross & Liddell

    Alec Cassidy & Rita Glendenning

    "As Property Managers part of our service is arranging buildings insurance for our property portfolio of some 20,000 property owners, so we wanted independent advice to ensure we were complying fully with FCA requirements.

    We chose Thistle Initiatives based on their professional, honest and transparent approach. Thistle delivered precisely what they said they would and their attention to detail, pragmatism and delivery has been beyond even our own high expectations. There was an extremely tight implementation of the changeover from our previous broker and Insurer but Thistle provided exactly the support we required exactly when we needed it.

    Ross and Liddell have worked collaboratively with Thistle, and we would fully endorse and recommend Thistle to any other party as they simply deliver on all promises made."

    Direct Insurance Group Plc

    Direct Insurance Group Plc

    Simon Piggott

    "We have worked with UKGI/Thistle since 2007 as our chosen compliance support provider. Their Compliance Manual is a key resource and their technical Helpline is a source of assistance and comfort to us, allowing us to work with them to resolve any issues that may arise. Their attention to detail and the service they have provided have been invaluable. I’d recommend them to other insurance brokers."

    IFM

    IFM

    Darryl Carpenter

    "We have a long working relationship with Thistle (formerly UKGI). Our time together goes back some 18 months before NGI day as we tried to prepare the brokerage for the new Regulation age. Their support, insight, expertise and guidance has been first class throughout that journey and in the years of change that have followed.

    Nikki and her team including the field staff and the good people of the helpline support team have guided us through some choppy waters and have kept us reassured that we are doing what the regulator wants. The audits and Workshops have been invaluable as has the access to the online Compliance Manual, the helpline and checking service for documents, websites etc.

    The service has always remained relevant and value for money and I certainly would not have fancied trying to negotiate the regulation labyrinth without their good humoured and practical support. As the regulatory outlook continues to change their understanding and common sense approach is a relevant today as it was at the outset."

    TRACS

    TRACS

    Simon Young

    "We are a growing AR network as well as a provider of compliance systems to motor dealers and, for over a year now, Thistle has been supporting us in carrying out due diligence on prospective ARs and their key personnel. Their service is fast and efficient and helps us evidence robust controls. We also regularly use their technical helpline and have found their expert advice invaluable for talking us through practical solutions to any questions we have. I would definitely recommend their services."



      James Dingwall

      James Dingwall

      Founder and Chief Executive Officer

      James is founder and CEO of Thistle Initiatives Limited and is a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Securities & Investment.

      James' knowledge and understanding of the regulatory environment from both a legal and commercial perspective has led him to speak at a number of industry conferences and to provide commentary for the FT on contemporaneous issues.

      Prior to starting Thistle, James worked for two of the Big Four, holding senior positions in both and leading many large scale, high-profile projects. James also acts as a business advisor to some of the UK's leading entrepreneurs and private investors. He is also a keen investor himself in start-up ventures and has been involved in a number of successful transactions.

      Michael Bellenger

      Michael Bellenger

      Director

      Mike is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants with 16 years' experience in both public practice and industry, holding senior and board level positions for most of that time

      During his time in practice Mike oversaw a diverse corporate client portfolio dealing extensively in financial services, risk management and corporate/capital restructuring.

      Mike specialises in Prudential Regulation and Capital Adequacy Requirements, assisting firms not only with their regulatory reporting obligations but also preparing and advising on ICAAP's, Stress Testing and Pillar 3 disclosures.

      Paul Smith

      Paul Smith

      Director

      Paul, initially qualifying as a lawyer in the early 1980's, has many years experience of the insurance sector, originally as an underwriter and then building up a large MGA which eventually employed over 250 people. During this time he oversaw the introduction of an FCA approved compliance regime and the business as a whole was always run to a high standard.

      Paul is Director of Insurance at Thistle and assists firms with all elements of FCA requirements, from designing and implementing new insurance products, dealing with the FCA on supervision and enforcement matters, specifically in relation to claims and inbound & outbound direct-to-consumer selling. Paul is also a keen investor and involved with a number of start-up businesses.




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