SimplyBiz Group launches workshops for SM&CR support

Michael Lloyd

June 11, 2019

The SimplyBiz Group has added sessions at its learning events and a full round of workshops as part of its support for members on the Senior Managers and Certification Regime (SM&CR), to help prepare them before the December deadline.

The group will provide over 1,500 advisers and 400 brokers with regular SM&CR updates delivered by one of its compliance directors at its learning and development events, and has announced a series of 20 focused workshops running across the UK between June and August.

The Financial Conduct Authority’s Senior Managers and Certification Regime comes into force on 9 December 2019. It will make senior managers at firms the FCA regulates, including mortgage brokers, accountable for their actions and how they influence others

Janice Laing, managing director of Compliance First and project leader of the group’s SM&CR programme, said: “We know that ensuring they are fully prepared for the Senior Managers and Certification Regime is a priority for many adviser firms at the moment, which means it is also top priority for The SimplyBiz Group.

“These additional events will provide delegates with both the knowledge about what they need to do, and a real, practical outline of how to get started.

“We have already provided guides, update sessions at our regular events and new documentation, and in a few weeks will be launching an online training module on conduct rules; these face-to-face events will further strengthen our already robust support proposition.

“Over 300 advisers have already booked a place at the workshops, and we believe numbers will continue to grow substantially in the coming weeks.”

The workshops, which begin in Edinburgh on 25 June, are designed to provide advisers with an overview of FCA expectations and a practical guide to implementing any necessary changes to their firm and processes before the December deadline.

The group has also announced the appointment of a group training and knowledge manager, Michael Pashley, who will facilitate the SM&CR workshops as part of his wider role developing and delivering training and learning across the group.

Pashley is a chartered financial planner and fellow of the Personal Finance Society (FPFS) and a chartered member of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investments.

Laing added: “I’m delighted to welcome Michael to the team.

“He brings with him a real wealth of knowledge and experience which I’m sure our members and clients will find hugely valuable, both at the upcoming SM&CR workshops and across our wider learning and development programme and services.”

The latest SM&CR guide from the group is also now available, providing practical support for firms ahead of the December implementation date.

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