Under the title of 'Ties are optional', Les Conway shares his thoughts about what’s going on in the World and how it can affect and impact your lifestyle and finances.  Feel free to sign up here to subscribe to receive.

Flying into a brighter future

Posted by siteadmin on Wednesday 9th of January 2019

When I started off in financial planning some twenty eight years ago, I always wanted to make a positive difference.

The world has changed beyond recognition during that time. But my desire to help people make their money work for them to give them the life they want has never diminished.

I’ve always been looking for ways to develop and improve the way we work and give a greater and increasing impact to help people achieve what they want to achieve.

And recently, I made a change to the business which will allow me to spend much more time ...

A Time to Change - The Japanese Way

Posted by siteadmin on Wednesday 19th of December 2018

With the New Year on the horizon, a lot of our minds are thinking how we will change things for the better in 2019.

Will it be the year we get fit and focus on health? Or the year we get that job or qualification we’ve often dreamed about? Or is 2019 the year you get your financial house in order?

Whatever it is you want to change you’ll need to act.

The good news is it often doesn’t need to be a huge change. In fact, research has shown that by adopting small, even tiny changes you can transform any area of your life.

The Japanese have a...

The truth about financial planning

Posted by siteadmin on Wednesday 5th of December 2018

In this latest Vlog I answer a question posed to me by one of our viewers.

James gets straight to the point by asking ‘Is financial planning really as boring it sounds?’

Just click on to view my answer.

The Most Boring Activities Revealed

Posted by siteadmin on Wednesday 21st of November 2018

I recently came across a report that listed fifty of the World’s most boring activities. They included waiting in line at the Post Office, watching party political broadcasts and even listening to Sir Bob Geldof or Bono giving a lecture.

There was also space for waiting in a Doctor’s surgery, filling in tax returns and buying socks. Traffic jams, train delays and Alan Titchmarsh also all made the boring hall of fame!

Nowhere to be found in the boring list was financial planning. Despite that I was asked recently by someone if financial pla...

How not to behave during a meeting

Posted by siteadmin on Tuesday 6th of November 2018

I’ve always fancied myself as a bit of an actor. Les Clooney has a certain ring to it.

My Wife Caroline is forever telling me to ‘stop acting up’, so I’m guessing she recognises my dramatic ability too.

In this latest Vlog I get to exercise my acting muscles, share the stage with a ‘co-star’ and highlight how not to behave during a meeting.

To view, just click on

If anyone from Pinewood, Hollywood or indeed even Borehamwood is watching and wants me for a role they’re casting, you’ll have to speak with my age...

Ch ch ch ch Changes

Posted by siteadmin on Tuesday 16th of October 2018

Woolworth used to be the place to go for bits and bobs and your pick'n'mix on the High Street. The Yellow Pages was the first place you’d turn to when needing a business’s number. And there was even a time when mobile phones were the size of a suitcase and only owned by stock brokers or drug dealers.

But things have changed. The technological revolution we’ve experienced over the past 15 or so years has impacted all our lives for better and for worse.

You just need to look at the High Street outside my Pinner office and in Bridge Street ju...

Three things I hate

Posted by siteadmin on Wednesday 3rd of October 2018

Hello and welcome to my latest Vlog where I share with you three things that irritate the hell out of me when it comes to dealing with businesses.

And it seems as if it’s not just me who is driven to distraction by these kind of business behaviours.

Just click on to view, where I’d love to hear what things companies (or indeed individuals) do that infuriate you.​

The link between volunteering and lifestyle financial planning

Posted by siteadmin on Tuesday 18th of September 2018

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, recently released a report called the Community Life Survey. The report stated 22 per cent of adults in the UK formally volunteered at least one hour of their time once a month to a wide variety of causes.

And I’m proud to say I am one of that 22 per cent, where I volunteer regularly with three different groups.

The first is The Bright Ideas Trust, which is a charity founded by Tim Campbell MBE who was the first winner of the BBC TV show The Apprentice. The charity gives support to disa...

Why Volunteer?

Posted by siteadmin on Wednesday 5th of September 2018

In this latest Vlog, I talk about a subject very close to my heart.

I volunteer with three different organisations and for varying reasons but are united by one common aspect, which I'll share with you in this video.

Just click on to view.​

Why Gareth Southgate would make a great financial planner

Posted by siteadmin on Monday 20th of August 2018

The unexpected World Cup adventure England had in Russia has seen Gareth Southgate’s popularity rocket.

Around six years ago, I attended a Football Association event at Wembley Stadium when I was involved with grassroots football.

Gareth was there in his then role as head of the FA’s Elite Development programme, for a question and answer session.

He dealt with everyone’s questions, including my own about England’s issues with penalties, in the way we’ve all now become familiar to hearing.  And with a touch of class, intelligence and modes...


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