Openwork posts first ever profit
The network, launched in 2005, made an unaudited profit of £600,000 in 2012, overturning a £13.3m loss – largely attributable to one-off costs associated with the RDR and legacy IT issues – in 2011. These results mark the culmination of a steady move towards profitability over the last few years from initial trading losses totalling £55m in its first two years.
Openwork recently announced it is expanding its investment proposition Omnis in a move that will give its advisers access to a series of best-of-breed outsourcing solutions, including a number of multi-asset funds and model portfolios. The solutions will be available both on Openwork’s own platform, powered by Investment Funds Direct Limited (IFDL), and on the recently launched Zurich retail platform.
CEO Mary-Anne McIntyre said: “Openwork being profitable for the first time is a hugely significant milestone and is a source of great encouragement for our adviser firms, not only in knowing they are part of a stable network but also of course as shareholders in the business.
“It has been a long journey since Openwork’s launch in 2005 and this marks a turning point in its history as a standalone trading company. We recognise however that 2013 is likely to be extremely challenging and we will continue to use our scale to drive revenue from multiple sources while giving our advisers all the support and tools they need to thrive in difficult market conditions.”