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17 September, 2020 - 12:47 By Tony Quested

Triple triumph for Beckett Investment Management Group

The East of England economy has been given a boost of confidence with a national business announcing a hat-trick of decisions to invest in the region.

Beckett Investment Management Group, whose HQ is in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, and which has offices in Ipswich and Leicester, has announced the opening of a new office in Norwich.

Coupled with appointments of new staff and a client-focused business model, the decision by Becketts is a ‘vote of confidence’ for the local and regional economy, says the company.

“While we appreciate what a challenging time it remains for many firms across the East of England and the UK we are delighted to be making this announcement.” said Andy Cousins who has been promoted within Becketts as the director of Employee Benefits. “We’re excited to be working with businesses across Norwich, Norfolk and the rest of the UK.

“Our purpose is to personally know our clients. We are passionate about playing a valued role in the communities we serve and this is coupled with our responsibility to deliver trusted advice, support and influence,” he added from Becketts’ new Norwich offices at St Andrews Business Park.

The company has also promoted one of its senior Private Client consultants to associate director. Peter Gray will take on the role with immediate effect after being with Becketts since 2013.

He has more than 20 years of experience in financial services. George Hinds also joins Becketts as a new PC Consultant.

“I am genuinely really pleased that our office in Norwich is open and we are working with more firms than ever before across the East of England,” said Ian White, managing director of Becketts. 

“That is why we are delighted to be working here in Norwich and look forward to welcoming existing and new clients to the Becketts community.”

The announcement sees Beckett Financial Services continuing its growth strategy by acquiring the Employee Benefits division of NW Brown based in Norwich. Becketts is one of the largest privately-owned advisers in the Eastern region with 73 staff operating from four offices.

Eight staff from NW Brown will join the Becketts Employee Benefits team to provide advice to SMEs on areas such as workplace pension schemes, group risk, private medical insurance and flexible benefits. 

Beckett Financial Services is part of Beckett Investment Management Group which also provides wealth management and independent financial advice to private clients. 

It manages approximately £0.5 billion of client funds and was awarded the ‘Best Financial Firm in the East’ by New Model Adviser which is a reputable Citywire publication.

Andrew Curran, chief financial officer at Brown Shipley, the former owner of NW Brown’s Employee Benefits division, said: “Becketts was the obvious choice to take over NW Brown’s Employee Benefits division because we know our clients will receive high quality service, and our employees will be given every opportunity to thrive under their leadership. We were impressed by the strength of their offering and quality of their team.”

• PHOTOGRAPH: Andy Cousins, Peter Gray and George Hinds of Becket Investment Management Group.

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