Variety of FCA-regulated companies falls 7%

The variety of energetic FCA authorised companies has dropped considerably to 75,213, a fall of three.7% over the past six months or 7% over the yr, as M&A exercise and acquisitions grew lowering the general determine.

The variety of people fell barely, displaying that there was a contraction within the business over the past six to 12 months, in accordance with new evaluation.

Knowledge providers supplier Autus analysed FCA figures from July to December 2023 for its report ‘The FCA Register & Listing Panorama 2023-24’. 

The report concluded: “The variety of companies lowering considerably greater than the variety of people suggests a unbroken motion of people into bigger companies caused by each acquisition and pure motion.”

The evaluation confirmed that 6,684 companies grew to become de-authorised over the past six months whereas 14,715 People left the register. Nevertheless 2,792 companies joined the FCA register over the interval whereas 9,596 folks joined the register for the primary time.

There had been round 280,000 folks on the FCA register on the finish of December, with greater than 90 completely different actions listed for them.

A complete of 66,607 folks had been authorised to offer funding and/or mortgage recommendation, with 30,258 funding solely and 27,469 mortgage solely.

The report revealed that St James’s Place handed the 5,000 adviser mark for the primary time within the second half of 2023, which Autus referred to as “a exceptional milestone.”

It added 77 advisers within the six months to achieve a complete of 5,051. SJP’s variety of RIs stood at 5,894 on the finish of the yr.

Different companies growing adviser numbers included 2 Plan (up 146 to 593), True Potential (up 37 to 1,162), Fairstone (up 62 to 396) and Finest Follow (up 48 to 362).

In the meantime Openwork and TenetConnect each noticed important reductions in adviser numbers, Openwork down 94 to 2,932 and Tenet down 76 to 261.

Within the mortgage sector Mortgage Recommendation Bureau, Quilter Mortgage Planning, Connells and Key Retirement Options, all noticed important reductions within the variety of RIs whereas Stonebridge, The Proper Mortgage and TMG Direct all grew considerably.

The report additionally confirmed that almost 3,700 folks moved from one agency to a different over the interval, down from greater than 4,000 within the earlier six months. It stated that the drop “maybe indicated an elevated need for extra job certainty in occasions of wider uncertainty.”



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