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Harrison celebrates launch of The Verve Group and The Art of Finance first cohort

20 May 2019

Cathi Harrison and directors and members of The Verve Group celebrated the launch of the first paraplanning course from The Art of Finance, the newly launched training company for the financial services industry.

The Verve Group is the umbrella company for Para-Sols (outsourced paraplanning company created in 2009), Apricity (compliance service provider launched in early 2018) and The Art of Finance (launched in February 2019).

The team had travelled from the group’s headquarters in Darlington to supervise the first training day of The Art of Paraplanning course and to host a drinks party for clients of the three companies at The Aviary in Finsbury Square.

The Art of Finance launched with a two mission strategy – first to train and develop new talent for the financial services industry, helping to deliver skilled people into specific areas, starting with paraplanning; and secondly, to help to significantly raise the profile of financial services outside of the industry, showcasing it as an exciting career destination.

The first cohort of The Art of Paraplanning and The Art of Compliance courses began their training on 16 May, with a second cohort set to start in October. The courses are 20 months and will take trainees through to Level 4 Diploma as well as giving them wider knowledge and practical experience of the respective roles.

Natalie Bell, director of Culture and Engagement, The Verve Group, said: “Cathi is naturally entrepreneurial and over the years we have discussed how we could bring more paraplanners into the industry. That started with The Grad Scheme, designed to bring in graduates to Para-Sols and Apricity, and the idea then grew into something much bigger, culminating in The Art of Finance which is designed to do a lot more for the industry.

“It seems incredible that a small outsourced paraplanning firm from Darlington has grown into three businesses and 40 people – and we are far from finished yet.”

Photo, L-R: Jo Campbell, director of Operations & Quality; Naomi Graham, Marketing & Events manager; Cathi Harrison, MD; Jasmine Nattrass, Marketing & Communications assistant; Kim Binks, director of Client Relations; Natalie Bell, director of Culture and Engagement.


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