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The FMB Team at Zurich's Glasgow offices
Caption: The FMB Team at Zurich's Glasgow offices

"Our annual company conference is one of the main highlights for the staff here at FMB. It is now in its fourteenth year and has seen the team visit cities such as London, Edinburgh & Liverpool as well as staying a bit closer to home.

This year's conference was held on Friday (6th February). Our office closed for the day, and our 35 strong team boarded the train and headed to Zurich’s impressive offices in Glasgow.

Once there, we grabbed a coffee and took a seat ready for the presentation to begin. Managing Director, Liz Beavis, started with energising us on where she saw the company going between now and 2020.

Gill Forrester, Director of HR, then took over and spoke about the major company restructure which took place in September 2014 where several Financial Planners were appointed a personal Relationship Manager. 2014 also saw five new people join the team.

Director of Business Development, Ruth Power, gave us an insight into the company's marketing plan for the year ahead and areas of focus.

FMB’s Practice Manager, Karen Dickinson, spoke about the administration changes she had implemented and ongoing work to ensure efficiency and greater productivity.

Gill announced the many staff achievements we saw in 2014; recognition awards, examination success and where our current fundraising total stands for our local charity, Sandgate Hydrotherapy Pool.

Next up was the award that everyone was waiting for, 'Employee of the Year'. Each year all staff members vote in a secret ballot for a colleague that they feel has ‘gone the extra mile’ and deserves the accolade. Sarah Allen was this year's winner and was delighted to win the award. Along with the title, she will receive a designated parking space for the year, two extra days holiday and also a day out and overnight stay tailored to her equestrian interests.

After lunch, we boarded the open top bus for our own private tour of Glasgow. Fortunately, the weather was on our side and it stayed dry, although as you can imagine for a clear February afternoon; extremely cold. Nevertheless, many were determined to get the best views of the city and braved the open top floor to take on the icy Scottish winds.

After an informative and entertaining tour, the bus dropped us at Carluccios where we could warm up with some drinks and nibbles. After a ‘full on’ day, it was time for most of us to catch the 5.30 p.m. train back to Oxenholme. The remainder of the team had arranged to stay the night in Glasgow and enjoy a bit more of the city's culture.

I wonder where we will be heading for conference 2016?!?"

By Angela Nottingham, FMB Relationship Manager

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