I have recently retired from Merseyside Police and have employed the services of True Bearing. I found the initial pre-retirement course provided by your company extremely informative and valuable. It made me realise that I wasn’t as prepared for retirement as perhaps I should have been.
I went on to receive financial planning advice from Mike Hawthorne. Mike was able to guide me through the complexities of investments in a way that helped me understand the process and put me at ease. It is quite a daunting prospect to move on from what you have known as normality for 30 years but the friendly and honest approach employed by Mike was exactly what I needed.
I am very grateful for the assistance provided by True Bearing and will continue to seek guidance over the coming years. It is refreshing to receive such a good service from a business that clearly has the welfare of investors at the heart of what it does, in addition to purely financial concern!
John Middleton, Merseyside
I was given Michael’s contact details by a close couple we know who have used your services recently. I have nothing but praise for Michael, he has been honest sincere and more importantly sympathetic in collating, evaluating, then delivering his findings. He has always remained impartial but trustworthy in what he has said. I can only say, we are impressed and look forward to seeing him again in the near future as I consider my work options.
Raj and Helen, Derby
We just wanted to say a big thank you to Michael Hawthorne who recently made two home visits to discuss retirement planning with myself and my husband. I met Michael during a retirement course held for employees of Wirral Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.
His presentation was enlightening and interesting with his interactive quiz. Everyone has unique situations so I booked a session with Michael to discuss retirement options.
Michael was professional, courteous and helpful at all times. His friendly approach made it easy to ask any questions and get advice. He gave reassurance on our options and left us with a clear path to proceed on. He also gave valuable advice to my husband for his particular circumstances.
We would highly recommend Michael and the sessions held by True Bearing – both for the course and individual sessions and have already encouraged other staff members in this situation to avail themselves of this service. Many thanks again for a professional and thoroughly useful service!
Sandy & David Smith
It’s been a very positive experience.
With retirement less than 12 months away we attended a pre-retirement workshop run by True-Bearing. This was extremely useful with lots of relevant information given. After the very interesting and enlightening presentation by Mike it was clear that we needed to take stock and plan properly for retirement with someone we could trust.
The trust part was a critical factor in furthering our financial discussions with Mike rather than any of the other advisers we met around the same time. On every occasion he travelled to us and after our first personal meeting it was abundantly clear that he was very genuine in listening and taking account of our individual needs and expectations. His personable style and clear, easy explanations of financial jargon made for very productive meetings.
At the latest meeting Mike came back with proposals, based on everything we had discussed, to help us make the most of our savings, investments and maximise our tax benefits. The planning report he left us with was a totally accurate representation of what we had decided during the previous occasions we had met.
This could have been an incredibly daunting process but Mike made it very straightforward, clear and uncomplicated. At no stage did either of us feel pressured or steered in a direction we weren’t 100% happy with. Coupled with the ongoing reviews that are built in to provide updates and take into account any change in circumstance or view we are both extremely happy we attended the True-Bearing workshop that day and met Mike.
We would have no hesitation in recommending Mike to any of our family, friends or colleagues and will do so!
Simon & Kerry Irving
“On Monday 8th July 2019, Michael Hawthorne came to see me at home to discuss my NHS pension. I cannot thank him enough for the help he gave. He was courteous, listened and completely made me feel respected. He didn’t blind me with numbers. He made my financial position on retirement very clear and gave me sound advice that allayed my worries and is already saving me money.
“There wasn’t any change needed to the plans which I have in place so I hope that I can at least repay him for his time by feedback. I would happily recommend him and already have to colleagues.”
J Mannion, Derby
“May I take this opportunity to thank your company and in particular your adviser Mike Hawthorne.
“Following the loss of my wife, I needed advice with my finances and pension. Mike acted in a truly professional manner with a calming, knowledgeable attitude, he patiently explained everything, taking time to ensure I understood all the best options available to match my needs. I now believe with Mike’s help I have a perfect product going forward.
“I would gladly recommend Mike to any person looking for good sensible advice.”
“I found the meeting very helpful as Mike listened to what I was hoping to achieve with regards to a time plan for retirement and then in a methodical and impartial way set out the options available to me. It was very useful as he was able to point out things that I had been unaware of or had not considered and has consequently given me lots to think about. I found him to be well informed and professional throughout the meeting.”
Mary from Derby
“Huge thank you to Michael Hawthorne for his professionalism and his clear and calm explanations regarding my recent retirement. I first met with Mike in 2017 and explained my goal of retiring with an income that met my needs despite being below the state retirement age. Mike has enabled me to take early retirement at 59, something I never thought possible. He listened to my concerns and delivered a retirement plan that suited my financial needs. I would have no hesitation in recommending Mike to anyone looking for retirement and investment advice. He is thorough and professional and very knowledgeable about the finance industry.”
“Having attended a pre-retirement course at work, and after hearing the presentation by Mike Hawthorne, I thought we should probably do some financial planning for retirement, not something we’d ever done before.
Mike, came along to our house and asked questions, listened to us and what we needed to be able to retire in a couple of years, he went away and came up with some proposals to make the most of our savings and tax benefits. We found the whole process straightforward and uncomplicated. Mike explained everything very clearly, and we didn’t ever feel under pressure to do anything we weren’t comfortable with. It’s reassuring to know we will be in a good position for retiring and will have ongoing support if there are any changes in our circumstances.”
“I have dealt with Mike Hawthorne for nine years now.
Mike has helped by giving me organisation and direction. He initially provided a well-researched plan and then systematically adjusted my pensions and investments to ensure they were in the right place to achieve my goals and has continued to do so each year.
Mike has helped me to truly understand my finances, and I now feel like I am in complete control.
I would recommend Mike’s services and that of True Bearing for financial planning, investments, and pensions.”
“From my initial enquiry and contact with True Bearing, namely Michael Hawthorne (Mike), I was treated with courtesy and respect.
I found my initial meeting with Mike, informative and professional, and I felt immediately that I was in safe hands. I am far from a large client or investor, but this did not effect the service and advice I was given.
It was made clear to me at the beginning of the process what I could expect, and what was expected of me. I would have no hesitation in recommending Mike to any potential client, that is looking for a first class service.”
“We gave Mike a challenging target for our retirement plan, which he has worked to deliver in the most tax efficient way possible.
He calmly, and clearly explains everything that requires consideration and action, and has regularly reviewed and presented his updates to us in a clear and helpful manner. He is clearly highly knowledgeable and has a high level of expertise coupled with high standards and expectations. He inspires confidence in his proposals, it has been a pleasure to have Mike work on our plans.
I have no hesitation in recommending Mike for retirement planning.”