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Our awards

We’re incredibly proud of our awards and consistently strive to secure designations which demonstrate our commitment to exceptional client outcomes.

Investment Life & Pensions Moneyfacts Awards 2021 • Retirement Adviser of the Year

Moneyfacts Awards 2021 Retirement Adviser of the Year award

2021/22 Chartered Financial Planner of the Year – Finalist
2021/22 Retirement and Late Life Advice Specialist of the Year – Finalist

2020/21 Chartered Financial Planner of the Year Finalist

Our Founder and Director has been delighted to have been shortlisted for the flagship PFS award (Chartered Financial Planner of the Year) for both 2020 and 2021 and the Retirement and Later Life Specialist award for 2021. With over 7,500 Chartered Financial Planners in the UK this recognition is testament to Andrew’s dedication to advice and the profession. Having got so close for the last two years, he has a few ideas to improve his submission for 2022.

Pension Transfer Gold Standard

Pension Transfer Gold Standard accreditation

Financial advice firms who adopt and promote this standard adhere to a set of principles. As a result you can be confident that you are dealing with an ethical adviser and professional advice firm that has your best interests at heart when receiving financial advice in relation to whether or not you should transfer your pension.

Read more about the Pension Transfer Gold Standard.

Associate Firm

PFS Associate Firm Designation

As an Associate Firm we adopt the professional standards and code of ethics set by the Personal Finance Society and believe in an inclusive united culture which places clients and staff at its heart.

Our culture is guided by these eight core principles:

  1. Act in the best interests of clients, using a customer charter to aid transparency
  2. Demonstrate integrity, probity and fairness by aligning with the code of professional ethics and conduct
  3. Comply with the spirit as well as rules of regulation
  4. Comply with the spirit as well as the rules of employment law
  5. Invest in our people by funding a policy of ongoing training & professional development
  6. Operate a clear diversity & inclusion policy, for both our staff and clients
  7. Operate a policy of corporate social responsibility
  8. Adhere to transparent governance standards and processes

The CFP certification is recognised globally as the gold standard for financial planning professionals. The aim is to provide a financial planner with the necessary skills to build trust and help consumers in an increasingly complex advice world. The CFP process equips individuals with the following:

The Chartered Investment and Securities Institute (CISI) confirm that ‘The highest global certification available to financial planners in the UK is the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ certification. The Financial Training Academy confirm that The CFP™ is the most difficult assessment you will undertake as a financial planner.

The qualification involves two elements at level 6 and level 7 within the UK Qualification Framework. A level 6 course demands a developed level of knowledge in the given subject, and upon successful completion, provides the student with either a bachelor’s degree or a diploma, certificate or award.  

A level 7 qualification is designed to develop understanding and knowledge of facilities management with both practical and academic elements. It provides the skills needed to plan and develop courses of action that initiate or underpin substantial change or development and has the academic rigour of a Masters qualification.

Andrew Day embarked on this programme in 2020 and having passed the Level 6 exam in September at the first sitting, he moved onto the Level 7 case study in 2021. The feedback from the first submission illustrated to Andrew that the level of intricate detail required was of the highest level and adjustments were needed for the second submission. Andrew was delighted (and somewhat relieved) to have achieved a mark of 89% in the second submission and achieve one of his bucket list goals in financial planning to attain the revered CFP™ status in November 2021.

Ben Lancaster, Top 35 Next Generation Advisers

2021 Money Marketing Awards – Small Advice Firm of the Year (Finalist)

2021 Adviser Firm of the Year – North West (Finalist)

Personal Financial Society Associate Firm

As an Associate Firm of the Personal Finance Society, we adopt the professional standards and code of ethics set by the Personal Finance Society and believe in an inclusive united culture which places clients and staff at its heart.

Our culture is guided by these eight core principles:

  1. Act in the best interests of clients, using a customer charter to aid transparency
  2. Demonstrate integrity, probity and fairness by aligning with the code of professional ethics and conduct
  3. Comply with the spirit as well as rules of regulation
  4. Comply with the spirit as well as the rules of employment law
  5. Invest in our people by funding a policy of ongoing training & professional development
  6. Operate a clear diversity & inclusion policy, for both our staff and clients
  7. Operate a policy of corporate social responsibility
  8. Adhere to transparent governance standards and processes.

SOLLA Retirement

Depledge are SOLLA Retirement Advice Standard holders. Achieving the Later Life Adviser Accreditation (LLAA) and becoming a member of the Society is an endorsement of skills and experience in working with, and understanding the needs of, older people and their families and carers. It is widely recognised as the Gold Standard in later life financial advice. 

Standards Certifications

As part of our continued drive for the best possible standards in delivering for our clients, we are now BS 8577 and ISO 2222 certified.

On attaining certification the reviewer noted

 “Congratulations to the team at Depledge Strategic Wealth Management on joining the elite group of businesses in the UK who are demonstrating excellence by achieving the British Standard BS 8577. Echoing the words in their assessment report, they should all be very proud of what they have built!”

BS 8577 Reviewer

New Model Adviser Top 100

We are delighted to have been included in this prestigious list of firms for the seventh year running in 2021.

New Model Adviser magazine is dedicated to helping financial planning professionals in their personal and business development. Each year, the magazine produces a list of the top 100 independent financial advisers, which considers the following elements: the firm’s profitability, recurring income, qualifications and commitment to the profession. The methodology is discussed and approved by the independent actuarial firm AKG.

Andrew Day, our Director and Chartered Financial Planner, commented that: “Our inclusion in this well-established list is great recognition of the hard work and dedication that every member of our team is making to deliver a first-class service to our clients”.

Read the New Model Adviser® Adviser Profile on Andrew Day by clicking here.

NMA 2020 Certificate
NMA Top 100 2019 Certificate
NMA Top 100 2018 Certificate
Certificate from New Model Adviser stating Depledge Strategic Wealth Management is in the Top 100 of wealth management firms
Certifying for Depledge Strategic Wealth Management Ltd as a New Model Adviser Top 100 firm in 2016
New Model Adviser Top 100 Certificate for 2015

Top-Rated Adviser

Depledge Strategic Wealth Management Ltd profile

Our verified reviews on Vouchedfor (a leading review site for financial advisers) recognise Depledge Strategic Wealth Management as a Top-Rated Adviser.

After a break in 2017 and 2018 when Vouchedfor broke from issuing the award to any firms, we’re delighted that our clients continue to rate us when the award was introduced in 2019.

VouchedFor UK Top Rated Adviser 2016
VouchedFor UK Top Rated Adviser 2015
VouchedFor Top Rated Adviser 2014

Money Marketing Small Advice Firm of the Year • Finalist

Depledge SWM was shortlisted for the Money Marketing Awards 2020 Small Advice Firm of the Year.

FSB Awards Micro Business of the Year Finalist

We’re delighted to be shortlisted for the FSB Celebrating Small Business Awards. Depledge Strategic Wealth Management was a finalist in the Micro Business of the Year category.

Awards and Accolades