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Para-Sols invests in paraplanning potential

Para-Sols invests in paraplanning potential

The all-female leadership team of a Darlington-based paraplanning firm is changing the face of the profession by nurturing graduate talent. Just three years into the firm’s five-year growth plan, it is firmly on track to achieve its goal of £1 million turnover.

Para-Sols has developed a two-year graduate development programme, The Grad Scheme, in answer to a dearth of experienced paraplanning applicants in the North East.

After two successful cohorts, with a third planned for later this month, the firm has welcomed five graduate paraplanners in 2017.

With a predominantly millennial workforce, the firm has installed a ‘Para-Pub’ social area, which helps to provide a healthy work-life balance. The firm even has an office dog.

Director Cathi Harrison (pictured) said: ‘Paraplanning is now acknowledged as a reputable career in financial services, but there’s still a lot of work we need to do to educate those outside the profession.’

This month, the firm is undergoing a rebrand to build on its recent growth.


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