Thriv­ing fi­nance house moves into big­ger premises

The Witness - Wheels - - BUSINESS - ED­WARD WEST

THE Here­ford Group, the largest in­de­pen­dent fi­nan­cial ser­vices group in the coun­try, has moved of­fice from Pi­eter­mar­itzburg’s CBD to Chat­ter­ton Road.

Direc­tor Robin McIn­tosh said the need to merge his fran­chise Se­culink, came about due to an in­crease in staff num­bers and the need for more space, and it was time for be­spoke of­fices that suit the brand­ing needs of the com­pany.

The new of­fices, ad­ja­cent to the Royal Show­grounds, have an open- plan lay­out with space for the ex­ist­ing 40 fi­nan­cial ad­vis­ers, bro­kers, sec­re­taries and staff.

The Here­ford Group’s ser­vices in­clude cor­po­rate and em­ployee benefits, in­vest­ment man­age­ment, per­sonal fi­nan­cial man­age­ment and plan­ning, short- term in­sur­ance, bro­ker sup­port ser­vices and to­tal health- care so­lu­tions.

The com­pany also of­fers ca­reer op­por­tu­ni­ties for en­tre­pre­neur­ial- minded in­di­vid­u­als with full in- house train­ing and a men­tor­ship pro­gramme for all new ad­vis­ers.

Here­ford was es­tab­lished in the Lib­erty Life fran­chise space in 1995 and is now a full na­tional dis­tri­bu­tion part­ner of the Lib­erty Group. It com­prises 21 na­tional share­hold­ers who all par­tic­i­pate ac­tively in the man­age­ment of the group.

Apart from Pi­eter­mar­itzburg, Here­ford has 11 branches na­tion­ally, in­clud­ing Jo­han­nes­burg, Cape Town and Ge­orge, as well as branches in Umh­langa, Kloof, Mar­gate and Bal­lito.

McIn­tosh said part of the rea­son why the com­pany has grown suc­cess­fully and has been able to ex­pand since its estab­lish­ment is be­cause it has al­ways un­der­stood that one per­son can­not real­is­ti­cally of­fer a pro­fes­sional ser­vice in all fields of fi­nan­cial ser­vices, par­tic­u­larly given the ever- broad­en­ing com­plex­ity and range of fi­nan­cial ser­vices prod­ucts.

“If there is a spe­cific re­quire­ment, we pre­fer to sched­ule an ex­pert in the field to see the client for how­ever long it takes … We recog­nise the value of an in­dus­try spe­cial­ist,” said McIn­tosh.

As­sist­ing McIn­tosh with the man­age­ment of the lo­cal branch are share­hold­ers Rinier Bos­man and Martin God­frey.

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Martin God­frey ( left), Robin McIn­tosh ( cen­tre) and Rinier Bos­man, stand out­side the new Chat­ter­ton Road of­fices of The Here­ford Group, an in­de­pen­dent fi­nan­cial- ser­vices group with other branches around the coun­try. The three men man­age the of­fice and are share­hold­ers in the com­pany. The Here­ford Group re­cently moved of­fice from Pi­eter­mar­itzburg’s CBD.

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