Personal Touch appoints Starkie as national sales manager

Personal Touch Financial Services Ltd, one of the UKs fastest growing financial services networks, has appointed Mike Starkie as national sales manager.

Starkie brings 15 years experience of the financial services industry and has considerable expertise in the area of building distribution channels and of enhancing the productivity and profitability of existing distributors.

His role will involve assisting the existing UK-wide network of Personal Touch members to expand their businesses profitably and to recruit new members.

The aim is to develop the Personal Touch concept of a nationwide financial services supermarket which offers clients access to a one-stop shop of a broad range of quality financial advice and products.

There are currently in excess of 250 Branches of the financial services supermarket, each independently owned and controlled by Personal Touch appointed representatives.

Starkie says: This important role offers an exciting opportunity to help develop what I believe is one of the most innovative financial networks in the UK.

“Before taking on the job I spoke with many network members and it quickly became apparent that members of Personal Touch Financial Services are getting excellent compliance and marketing support, particularly in respect of the IT systems which are having a positive impact on sales.

“The companys motto Make money with people, not out of people is no mere slogan but really does sum up how this
company goes about its business.

His last role before joining Personal Touch was at Axa Sun Life where he was involved in the recruitment of appointed representatives, including some of the top advisers and managers from the former direct sales team of the AMP Group in the UK.

He has also worked for the Zurich Advice Network as group manager, and for Pearl Assurance as regional manager,
East of England, and group sales manager, London and the South East.

Mike Allison, managing director of Personal Touch Financial
services, says: This is a crucial phase in our growth and Mike brings the experience we need to achieve the next phase in our development. We have recently reported record first half results and are currently on target to exceed 60 mn turnover this year.

However, future growth will involve working closely with our key accounts to help them grow their operations and to create their own financial services supermarkets where they are able to offer
their clients a genuine one stop shop to met all their financial services needs.