Autumn Statement 2013 Overview


David Cameron – freshly back from his trade mission to China – looked on encouragingly as Chancellor George Osborne delivered his Autumn Statement. But how his mind must have drifted back to the delights of Shanghai… No inconvenient elections; no opinion polls; no awkward questions from Jeremy Paxman. Read more …

Charity link-up: pooling our fundraising to benefit a worthy cause

children's hospice south west logoWe each like to do our bit for charity here at the Brunel offices, but having started talking a few months ago about the various activities we had planned, we thought it might be a good idea to pool our collective charity resources together and try to make a real difference to a worthy local cause.

Children’s Hospital South West (CHSW) are the only hospice care in the region for children with life-limiting conditions. They were suggested to us as a cause worth supporting by a friend of our Managing Director, Damien, and having looked into the work they do, we couldn’t agree more.

For that reason, we’ve named CHSW as our nominated charity, and all of the charity work we do at Brunel from this point forward will involve raising funds for a cause that really does do some amazing work.

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Market Comment – A Personal View Of Brian Tora

Our stock market recently reacted in a manner that many would have believed was rather perverse to confirmation that our economic situation is improving. The FTSE 100 Share Index shed 100 points on the news that the recovery was now firmly bedded down. It was the Governor of the Bank of England who made the claim when issuing the Bank’s latest quarterly inflation report. Shares fell because investors feared interest rates might soon be going up…

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Market Comment 20th November 2013

Dying in a digital age: how to preserve your virtual assets

Carol CumminsCarol Cummins, Senior Associate
(Tax & Advisory)

T: 0845 209 1275

Carol is a Senior Associate in the Private Client team of Clarke Willmott LLP and deals with the administration of deceased estates, the administration of trusts, capital tax planning. wills and personal tax compliance. She is particularly experienced in dealing with complex estates including those of deceased Lloyd’s Underwriters, landowners, business owners and estates with international aspects..
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Brunel Welcome Beccy as Business Manager

Image of BeccyBrunel are delighted to announce the appointment of Beccy Kedward as our Business Manager, as we continue to build our fantastic team to enable us to provide excellent support and advice to our clients.

Beccy joins Brunel having spent some time overseas, travelling and working in New Zealand, where she provided support for a College in Mumbai, India as part of her role at an Early Learning Teaching College. Before moving out to New Zealand, Beccy worked for Hargreaves Lansdown for ten years, having involvement in all aspects of running the advisory department.

Having returned to the UK a little earlier this year, Beccy has continued running as one of her main pastimes and regular visitors to our website may well have seen the feature on the Amsterdam marathon, back in October, when Beccy had just been appointed to her position. We’re delighted to report that Beccy successfully completed the marathon and is now planning for a Lands End to John O’Groats cycle ride in September 2014, with all sponsorship proceeds going to our nominated charity, Children’s Hospice South West.

When she’s in the Brunel office, Beccy will have broad responsibility for making sure that the business keeps running smoothly, with input in several areas; both internal and client facing.

We hope you’ll join us in welcoming Beccy to Brunel, where we’re certain she’ll enjoy every success!

Market Comment – Brian Tora’s latest thoughts

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Market comment 5th November 2013

Brunel’s Charity Project: our elephant well goes live in Zimbabwe!

Brunel-capital-partners-elephant-wellWe’re delighted to announce that a charity we’ve been involved with for a while now has just completed it’s latest installation, and this time we were honoured to be involved a little more than usual.

Our office water coolers are provided by AquAid, a company who donate to Christian Aid and The African Trust for every installation of a water cooler they complete and every bottle of water their clients buy.

Some time ago they approached us with an additional project: to sponsor the installation of an Elephant Pump Well in Zimbabwe!

Elephant Pump Wells are a design of The African Trust and they have been so successful that they now supply around 10% of the entire population of Zimbabwe with clean water. The economic design was commended with the St Andrews Medal for the Environment in 2005 and last year some 432 pumps were installed.

AquAid were kind enough to send across to us a picture of our completed well in use, after it became operational last month! Great news, and we hope to continue to support AquAid in whatever way we can in the future!

If you are interested in the work that AquAid do or how your own office can become involved, then please do have a look at their website at

Beccy supporting our chosen charity… by running a marathon in Amsterdam!


Beccy (left) and friends on one of their preparation runs.

Beccy Kedward, our Business Manager, is off across to Europe this weekend, but not for a relaxing break or a spot of Autumn sun!

Beccy is heading over to Amsterdam, in the company of her sister and one of her friends, to take part in the Amsterdam marathon! Along with thousands of other runners, Beccy will be pounding the pavements of the Dutch capital to raise money for our chosen charity for this year: Children’s Hospice South West.

In preparation for the 26 mile ‘experience’, Beccy and her compatriots have already completed the Bristol and Glasgow half marathons, but this will be her first ever full marathon run, along a course that skirts the city’s famous canals and finishes at the Olympic Stadium.

The money she raises will go to the hospice, who Brunel will also be supporting in other ways over the next 12 months or so. With several hospices throughout the South West, Children’s Hospice has the stated aim to ‘build precious memories for families whose children are living with life-limiting or life threatening conditions’, which we’re sure you’ll all agree makes them a very worthy cause.

If you feel able to donate to Beccy’s fundraising efforts then the easiest way to do so is at her Just Giving page, or you can contact her at or on the office number: 0117 214 0870.

Everyone at Brunel wishes Beccy the best of luck for Sunday’s run!

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Market Comment 1st October 2013

Damien Rylett wins Good Egg award at IFP Conference

IFP annual conference 2013 - Newport - 1st October 2013

Confirming something all of us here at Brunel already knew, our MD Damien was recently awarded the Tony Sellon Good Egg Award at The Institute of Financial Planning’s (IFP) annual conference.

Held at Celtic Manor, Wales, Damien took to the stage to be officially hailed as a Good Egg by the IFP’s interim Chief Executive, Steve Gazzard.

Despite the light-hearted nature of the award’s name, it is actually a well-respected accolade in our industry. Carrying the name of Tony Sellon, a founder member of the IFP who passed away in 2001, the award recognises the individual whom the body feels has made an outstanding contribution to the success of the IFP itself.

The IFP is a not-for-profit, independent professional body for financial planners, operating with the sole mission to develop the profession and raise standards, for the benefit of consumers.

Steve commented that Damien had, ‘helped IFP staff with their own financial questions, had broken a holiday short to look at a venue and is always willing to provide constructive feedback on IFP initiatives’. Nominees for the award are suggested by IFP members and staff.

Congratulations to Damien from all at Brunel!

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