We have a full Due Diligence guide for financial advisers, and would be happy to answer any additional questions you may have.
Here is a summary:
- We’re based in Carlisle, and have been operating SSAS since 1997. Our first SIPP product (the Minerva SIPP) was launched in 2003.
- We provide administration and trustee services to over 6,000 people in the UK, with combined assets over £1.9 billion (as at 1st July 2019)
- The vast majority of our new customers come from Financial Advisers around the UK.
- We have field based Business Development Managers and office based Sales and Technical Support.
- At the Financial Adviser Service Awards 2018 we were awarded 5 stars for service and placed top in the Life & Pensions category for the second year running.
- Our Minerva SIPP is 5 star rated by Moneyfacts and Defaqto.
- The lower cost SIPP Lite product is 5 star rated by Moneyfacts and 4 star rated by Defaqto (upgradeable to Minerva SIPP at any time for additional investment flexibility).
- We feature on a number of larger Financial Adviser product research panels, including national firms.
- We were Highly Commended in the category of ‘Best SIPP Provider’ and finalists for ‘Company of the Year’ at the Money Marketing Awards 2019.
- We were finalists in the category of ‘Best SIPP Provider’ at the Retirement Planner Awards 2019.
- At the annual Investment, Life & Pensions Moneyfacts Awards 2019 we are finalists in the following categories:
- Best SIPP Provider – WINNER 2018, 2017 and 2016 (finalist 2013-2015)
- Best Pensions Service – HIGHLY COMMENDED 2018 and 2017 (finalist 2015-2016)
- Best SSAS Provider – FINALIST 2018 and 2017 (Commended 2014-2016, finalist 2011-2013)
- Service Beyond the Call of Duty – FINALIST 2018 and 2017 (Commended 2016, Highly Commended 2015)
- We’re financially secure and have separated the pension scheme administration and trusteeship to different companies within the group. We have been awarded a B- rating for financial strength, by AKG Financial Analytics Ltd. You can download a full copy of the latest AKG report by clicking here.
- We can facilitate adviser fees which can be paid from the SIPP / SSAS assets.
- Our service is appreciated by advisers and customers alike, to back this up we have published our Service Standards and a Monthly Service Report on our website since 2011.
- We’re ‘open market’ – meaning we consider any platform, DFM, stockbroker, bank account etc (and in the case of commercial property purchase any solicitor and valuer (so long as they’re unconnected to the member and are members of RICS)).
- For clients without a preferred Solicitor, we can appoint a firm from our Panel, made up of quality firms with specially negotiated terms.
- Our fee structures are very straightforward and we don’t levy any transaction charges. We also don’t build in automatic increases to the charges (although we do reserve the right to review them from time to time).
- We feature on a number of research comparison systems including Selectapension, Synaptic and Defaqto.
- We’re very flexible and personal in our approach and are often able to do transactions e.g. commercial property purchase that many other SIPP providers are either unwilling or unable to do.
- We look for solutions to issues, rather than put up obstacles.
- Minerva SIPP clients are automatically given online access to their pension details, transaction history and valuations.
To request a copy of our latest Due Diligence document click here (please quote your name and contact details, including the name and reference number of your FCA regulated firm).