We are a skilled team of specialist advisers guiding independent distributors of financial services through the pitfalls of regulation compliance and obtaining authorisations from the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) to conduct regulated business. We have a particular expertise of benefit to Authorised Payment Institutions (Payment Services), Small Payment Institutions (money remittance), Consumer Credit Firms (loan brokers and lenders), Electronic Money Institutions (EMI, e-money, cryptocurrency), financial advisers (IFA), mortgage consultants, insurance companies and brokers, and investment fund managers.
A vital component of our activity is assistance to companies seeking FCA authorisation to conduct regulated business. We also act as a broker for owners of authorised financial businesses interested in finding buyers or investors for their companies.
More than merely keeping you within the regulations, however, Hirett will offer methods and advice allowing you to capitalise on them. Our guidance is reliable, discreet, friendly and, at the initial discussion stage, obligation-free.
In short, when you face business or regulatory challenges, we provide solutions that are tailor-made to your needs with a view to releasing your energies to focus on your clients.
Contact us today to arrange an initial obligation-free discussion.
If your previous application for an FCA or PRA authorisation has been refused and you want to reapply, our service is FREE even if you used a different consultancy.
Bringing years of FSA (now FCA) experience to the market – we specialise in Permissions for most firm types, and those looking to become Authorised for the first time. Aimed at the SME sector, we work at tailored, affordable prices.
FCA and PRA Authorisations
You might currently be: an Appointed Representative but see scope for continued success if you went it alone; a Claims Management firm grappling with the new régime and new licensing requirements (click button at top of page for more information); An EU firm with Temporary Permissions, awaiting your ‘landing slot’; In wholesale or investment banking and thinking of starting your own consultancy; or you might simply be unsure if what you’re planning to do even needs Authorisation. With all of these types of scenario and more – we can help.
FCA Variations of Permissions and Cancellations
A correctly-set Scope of Permission can mean minimised FCA fees, or the difference between operating outside of the law and not. You may wish to embark on and expand into a new area of regulated territory, or retract your activities. Our service would be to see your VoP application through. Equally, we can also assist with the Cancellations process.
Payment Services and Consumer Credit Licensing
With the former having been overhauled and essentially reinitiated for 2018 (requiring fresh/renewed Authorisations/Registrations), and the latter now well past the Interim Permissions stage and in full flow – there is much that we can help with in these areas – including E-money.
We prefer where possible to demystify compliance and empower firms to manage their compliance affairs on their own. This mostly works for smaller firms
Recruitment of compliance professionals for your in-house team
We are a full service recruitment company specialising in the compliance industry (among a few others) for the financial and insurance sectors. Thousands of candidates and employers have found each other through our completely free job board hirett.com where you can post your jobs for free which are then published on Google Jobs at no cost to you as well as upload your CV so that employers find you.
Types of companies that need an FCA authorisation
- Banks, building societies and credit unions
- Claims management companies
- Consumer credit firms
- Electronic money and payment institutions
- Financial advisers
- Fintech and innovative businesses
- General insurers and insurance intermediaries
- Investment managers
- Life insurers and pension providers
- Mortgage lenders and intermediaries
- Mutual societies
- Sole advisers
- Wealth managers