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FCA Authorisation

Thistle have successfully navigated the application process for FCA authorisation for an immense number of clients since inception in 2012 and giving our breadth of knowledge and insight into the regulators current line of questioning, directing the responses tight and to-the-point, and keeping the application on-track so you can begin operating as a regulated entity as quickly as possible.

Simply put, we remove the stress and headache of becoming regulated, ensuring you can make a confident start to regulated life.

Gaining approval, or authorisation, from the regulator to conduct a regulated activity can prove tricky. Luckily, our expert team are on hand to guide you on your journey towards FCA authorisation.

The FCA will delve into considerable detail into the business plan, financial forecasts and individuals involved, at the core of the application; a well-intended, yet misguided statement in the business plan or error in accounting forecasts can create detailed scrutiny and questioning, and severely put the application on the “Back-Foot”, and lead to a protracted, or worst case a rejected, application.

Our FCA application service includes Full and Limited Permissions, Variation of Permissions (VOPs), Changes in Control (CIC), Change of Legal Status and Approved Person Applications.

We have various service levels to suit your requirements: either you produce all the material and we review, or we produce the material and you review.

Types of firms that we cover are detailed below:

What the process involves

  • We have an initial FREE consultation to discuss your business model, how we can help and propose a quote for the service you require
  • Should you wish to engage with Thistle, we hold an in-depth meeting where we discuss at length the business plans, finances and individuals and ensure that you apply for the correct regulatory permissions
  • We deal with any correspondence the regulator has in relation to the application right through to completion
  • We provide access to our compliance manual through Compliance Star to take away the headaches of writing and drafting manuals, policies and procedures

Why Thistle?

We can ensure that your application is in the best possible position to obtain authorisation. We have vast experience covering a wide range of sectors and an excellent level of skill to execute your application and gain authorisation.

Start your regulatory journey with us. To find out more on the next steps of becoming FCA authorised please contact us today. You can reach us via filling in our contact form, email info@thistleinitiatives.co.uk or call 0207 436 0630.


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