Independent Women has been acquired by national wealth management business Succession Group to provide independent financial advice for women.

As part of Succession Group, Independent Women makes independent financial advice for women a national proposition for the very first time.

Independent Women is the UK’s longest running provider of independent financial advice dedicated to women. Founded in 1997 by pioneer and entrepreneur Lesley Mackintosh, the firm specialises in providing independent financial advice with a difference.

Remaining at the helm of the firm as Managing Director, Mackintosh sees a bright future ahead for women’s financial advice:

“There has never been a better time for us than now. Women’s issues have had a major push in recent years, particularly in financial services where traditionally there has been a significant gender imbalance. That tends to mean a different delivery of service and often women have found that what was on offer was misaligned with their needs. We are proud to advocate services for women and know from experience what a difference the right advice and support can make.”

Lesley Mackintosh, Managing Director of Independent Women continued: “Choosing International Women’s Day to launch nationally speaks volumes about our beliefs. We want to give our clients every opportunity to achieve all they desire. With firm financial foundations, it allows other aspects of their lives – from career to family life – to flourish. Financial freedom and confidence is enormously important for anyone and having a like-minded expert with you on the journey is immeasurably beneficial.”

Helping clients achieve financial independence is key to the Independent Women brand. From savings, investment and retirement planning through to life’s more complicated challenges such as separation, divorce and bereavement, Independent Women’s expert services are now available to all.

Succession’s Group Chief Executive Officer, Simon Chamberlain, commented: “With Sucession’s acquisition of Independent Women, clients have an opportunity to choose the service most appropriate for them. Many women – and indeed men – would prefer their planner to be a woman. Succession recognizes this requirement and Independent Women has been established to deliver this proposition for our clients”.

Independent Women’s specialist advice will be available throughout Succession Group’s regional network of client-servicing hubs.