We became the very first Welsh firm to be approved by the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment (CISI) as an Accredited Financial Planning Firm. The CISI awards this title only to firms which it has assessed as demonstrating the highest professional standards of Financial Planning service and advice to its clients.
To successfully meet the criteria for approval, here at Penguin we have have to demonstrate that we provide a comprehensive Financial Planning service to YOU – our valued clients.
We also have to demonstrate commitment to the CISI’s Code of Ethics and Practice Standards, as well as being tested on Financial Planning Skills at an Advanced Level.
Very few Financial Planning firms in the UK can meet these exacting standards and we are pleased to confirm we still hold this standard today.
Penguin is now also part of a distinguished group – the CISI Chartered Fellow (Financial Planning) Group. This means Penguin has been recognised by the CISI for his rigorous ethics, experience, competence and professional practice standards and demonstrates a shared commitment to high standards of excellence and professionalism.
Penguin has also been shortlisted, placed as finalists and won numerous awards over the years.
These nominations and Award wins signify that we demonstrate the highest professional standards when it comes to service and advice. They show that our clients are at the heart of our business and that we ensure our team acquire and retain the necessary knowledge and skills to deliver the highest quality advice.
2023 has been another amazing year for us. We picked up the Financial Business Award at the Cardiff Life Awards, the Award for Estate Planner of the Year at the Solidus Awards and we were named as a Top 100 Business by New Model Adviser and Zokit.
In 2022, we were named as a Top 100 Business by New Model Adviser, Money Marketing and Zokit, as well as being presented with a Zokit Award for Excellent Customer Service. We were shortlisted for the Financial Services Finance Team of the Year at the Finance Awards Wales and finalists in the Legal and Finance Category at the Cardiff Life Awards. We were also voted a Top Rated Firm in Cardiff by VouchedFor over the last few years with Oliver appearing in The Times as a Top Rated Adviser this year.
We were shortlisted for 5 Awards and won 3 in 2021. We picked up the Awards for Estate Planner of the Year at the Solidus Awards and IFA/Wealth Manager of the Year category and Finance Team of the Year Category in the Finance Awards Wales 2021. We were once again shortlisted for Director of the Year at the IOD Wales Awards and we were finalists in the Legal and Finance Category at the Cardiff Life Awards again.
In 2020 Penguin were awarded a ‘Business Service Excellence’ award at the Business Growth Awards Wales. We were also finalists in the ‘Business Evolution’ and ‘Innovation’ Zokit Awards and Rhianydd was placed as a finalist in the ‘Unsung Hero’ Award at the New Talent Awards by Professional Adviser.
We were named as Estate Planner of the year 2019 at the SOLLA Conference. Placed as one of the Top 100 UK Advisers in The Financial Times and won the Visionary Leadership award at The Business Growth Wales Awards. 2019 also saw us place as Finalists in the Great British Entrepreneur Awards and Craig was shortlisted for Director of the Year at the IOD Wales Awards.
In 2018 Penguin won the ‘Customer Focus’ award at the Zokit Awards and the Visionary Leadership Award at the Business Growth Awards
We won Adviser Firm of the Year in 2016, our first national win, at the MoneyAge Financial Adviser Awards and picked up Adviser Firm of the Year in Wales Award at the Citywire New Model Adviser Awards in London. We were also named in the Top 100 IFA Firms at the New Model Adviser Awards 2016.
One of our first awards was in 2014 when we won the ‘Wales Financial Planning firm of the Year’ at the Professional Adviser Awards 2014.