Financial firm named best place to work

Newport-based financial advisers Kymin has been recognised as the best place to work in top UK awards – for the second year in a row.

Kymin, which has its headquarters in Bridge Street, Newport, was named winner in the Professional Adviser Awards 2020 in the Best Financial Advisers to Work For in the UK category.

Professional Adviser magazine is a leading financial services industry publication and this national award recognises companies for their emphasis on outstanding client focus, employee engagement and satisfaction along with the employee benefits, procedures and policies that firms have in place.

Kymin managing director Robin Hall said: “We are delighted to be recognised as the best financial adviser firm to work for in the UK for the second year in a row. This award is testament to all of the hard work, dedication and sense of pride that the team at Kymin have and the core values we live by as a firm.

“Data for this award is compiled through anonymous employee responses to questionnaires on employer benefits and polices and then an employee engagement and satisfaction survey. So, the fact that we won this accolade from our own employee responses is fantastic. It really highlights the direction we are going as a company and the strong family values we have. We have a dedicated and highly, motivated team who genuinely care about each other and the clients that they look after.

“The age profile of the team is diverse, we have at least one person in their 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s 60s and 70s and compared to some of our competitors we have some relatively young financial planners with one in their 30s and three in their 40s. We also like to train from within; we have a graduate that started with us last year who is currently taking his Level 4 diploma in financial advice and another member of the team who has been with us less than 18 months who became qualified to Level 4 during her nine months with us.

“We believe that a training and development programme making sure all staff are qualified to a recognised level is essential. Recruiting the right people is key to any business, but even more so with a financial planning firm, you have to make sure the people you take on are not only qualified and able to do the job but are trustworthy and honest. This shows that recruiting the right people from the outset and keeping members of the team has been key to the success of the company over the years where they build up a good relationship with the clients.

“Team building plays an important part in keeping the staff on board and motivated. We have done many things over the years including go-karting, crazy golf, pub quizzes and numerous fund-raising events for St David’s Hospice Care. We take at least a day out of the calendar each year for an away trip during the summer months, this year we are going to Devon in July. To celebrate our 25th birthday a few years back we took the whole team to Jersey for a long weekend.

“This latest award builds on our commitment to being both the best financial planners and employers that we can be. We are proud that our staff feel their working environment and the culture we have is a good one, as we continue to grow, we will always help our team to be the best they can and reward them with great benefits.”