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Firm closes office for a month as it backs flexible working

10 July 2018

AKFP Group has pledged its commitment to flexible working by announcing it has closed its offices for the whole of July.

After first trialling the initiative last summer, AFKP said the exercise was so successful it decided to repeat it again this year.

Developments in modern technology have meant the team is able to access everything they need from the cloud so its business as usual for clients, the firm said. Calls into the office will be shared and diverted to a designated mobile, while face-to-face meetings will be scheduled around the closure.

Director and chartered financial planner Roger Kennedy said: “The initiative was really welcomed by the whole team last year and fully supported by our clients so it made sense to repeat it this summer. We know we have the systems in place to deal with any client queries in line with our usual level of service.”

Kennedy said many of the team have young families so value the flexibility this approach offers. He pointed out that not only did the four-week office closure boost morale last year, but increased motivation to get daily tasks completed.

He added: “The philosophy behind our form of lifestyle financial planning is ‘One Life, Live it’ and this way of working shows we practice what we preach.”