Raymond James Hitchin are independent financial advisers based in Hitchin. Established in 2002, the local, award-winning branch is headed by Susie Bewell and Faye Silver, who together have over 40 years’ experience in financial services.
Susie, Faye and their team bring a fresh alternative to the traditional world of financial advice and offering jargon free advice in a warm and friendly environment. Their ‘no minimum investment’ policy is a key driver to their success, making advice accessible to all. They focus on empowering individuals to understand their financial potential at various stages of life.
This includes investments, ISAs and pensions as well as financial planning services to ensure clients understand where they are now and put plans in place to achieve their future goals.
In particular, they are passionate about empowering women to understand more about investing, to feel confident about what they have and what the possibilities can be for them and their families’ futures.
As part of the wider Raymond James family, they can provide the personal and face-to-face services that you’d expect from a local adviser, with the security and peace of mind of a global brand.
Raymond James Hitchin won the Women in Business Services Best Business in Financial Services Award in 2019 and both Susie and Faye are nominated for the 2022 Investment Week Women in Investment Awards.
Metro Bank has worked with Faye and Susie since the start of 2022 when thanks to the relationship they had developed with their local business manager at Metro Bank they chose to switch to the challenger bank.
As a rapidly growing female led business, Susie attributes their success to being part of the local community. “We have real roots in the town, sponsoring not just the Hitchin Ladies rugby team, but other local community charities, groups and events. We are also active in local networking and currently host Hitchin Business Buzz as well as being members of other groups because promoting and supporting other local businesses is important to us. When clients work with us, they know they aren’t going to get “Big City bull”, but advice from real people based locally.”
And on being a female business owner, Faye adds: “Running a small business can be stressful so it is important to surround yourself with positive support, whether that is other local businesses, or a bank like Metro, which can give 121 support which is sadly lacking from some other firms. As a female business owner, play to your strengths and know that you have the skills to succeed.”