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St. James’s Place acquires Technical Connection


Wealth manager, St. James’s Place, has bought Technical Connection, a provider of technical support, insight, proposition development, business generation and the provision of CPD to financial advisers and institutions. 

Founded and run by Joint Managing Directors, Tony Wickenden and John Woolley, Technical Connection has been a technical resource to St. James’s Place since its inception in 1991. The firm writes that the acquisition strengthens St James’s Place’s existing technical support capability through the addition of a skilled team of advisory professionals. In addition to enhancing the Group’s ability to provide business-focused technical support to its Partners, Technical Connection will play a key role in business and proposition development activities.

Technical Connection’s online knowledge management platform, Techlink Professional, will also provide the foundation for further digital evolution of St. James’s Place Partner support.
Tony Wickenden and John Woolley will remain with the business as Joint Managing Directors, together with all of the Technical Connection technical staff and its consultancy team. The business will continue to operate from its existing premises in Central London and will continue to deliver its full range of services and support, including Techlink, to its existing adviser and institutional clients.
David Bellamy, Chief Executive Officer, St. James’s Place, says: “We have worked with Technical Connection for many years and are very pleased they have agreed to become part of St. James’s Place. Technical Connection has gained a hard-earned reputation for excellence and innovation over many years in the financial services and wealth management sectors and we see it acting as a major provider of technical support to the Partners and the financial adviser and institutional clients they already serve".
“In an increasingly complex world, the need for reliable and expert advice has never been more obvious. Bringing together the experience and innovation of Technical Connection with St. James’s Place’s existing technical support team creates a very powerful centre of business-focused technical expertise to enhance the support we provide to our Partners and advisers in helping clients to navigate their financial decisions.”
Tony Wickenden, Joint Managing Director of Technical Connection, adds: “This is an exciting development for the Technical Connection business and our valued and experienced staff. We look forward to supporting the evolution of technical support to Partners and the wider business, through the provision of our technical expertise and experience.
“Being part of the St. James’s Place Group will enable us to significantly grow our team of skilled technicians and expand our regional capability. We will deliver an increased level of technical support for St. James’s Place and continue to serve our existing adviser and institutional clients through a carefully structured, recruitment plan and by smart deployment of online knowledge-based solutions.”

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