Founder of financial planning company Andrew Dickson Ltd retires
The founder of a Rickinghall-based financial planning company has paid tribute to his colleagues and clients, after calling time on a 56-year career in the financial services industry.
Andrew Dickson announced his retirement from his namesake firm, Andrew Dickson Ltd, which celebrates its 25th anniversary in business this year.
A chartered financial planner and fellow of the Chartered Insurance Institute, Mr Dickson held numerous roles in the financial sector around the world, including insurance broking and running education courses in Thailand, and later helping to establish a reinsurance broker in the Netherlands.
This ultimately led him to set up his own financial advisory business in 1994, which he says continues to grow from its headquarters at Willow Farm in Allwood Green, Rickinghall.
Mr Dickson, a resident of Redgrave, confirmed he is now handing over the reigns to Kevin Froggatt, and said he had complete confidence in the company’s new management team going forward.
“I’m coming up to 74 and it’s getting past my sell-by date at this point,” Mr Dickson told the Diss Express. “We have got a really great team at the office, and they are doing a very good job indeed.
“I have no qualms about leaving now, because I have left it in good hands. That leaves me with a comfortable feeling that the right thing is being done and the clients will be well looked after.”
Mr Dickson attributed his longevity in the industry to his enjoyment in helping people achieve what they set out to achieve, as well as the long-term loyalty of his clients.
“We have got a lot of clients who have been with me for more than 30 years, since before I started this business,” he said.
“It’s gratifying to be able to help people, and to receive letters of thanks from them afterwards.
“It’s an added endorsement when people move out of the area, but want to stay with us as clients.
“I think that loyalty is so important to the future of the business.
“I have been very lucky to recruit people who are very much client-orientated, and that’s fundamental in the business. If you are always just about profit, profit, profit, it always comes back to bite you.”
He added that he now intends to spend his new-found retirement on “a million and one hobbies”, including travelling, studying history, painting and collecting.