Clearly I spoke too soon when I referred to the positive effect that Christmas can have on shares. Markets have been somewhat subdued since children started opening their advent calendars, although not every day is a down day. Last week did in fact see the major markets shed between 1.5% and 2% – not a massive amount, but equally not what we have come to expect in the run up to Christmas. Nervousness clearly abounds in investment circles.
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As the year comes to a close for us at Brunel and we look back on a fantastic 2013, it will clearly be very hard to pick a more vivid part of the year to focus on than our recent ‘birthday’ celebration, marking 2 years of the business. As a relatively young enterprise, we were delighted to celebrate the occasion with so many of our connections and colleagues and we really are delighted you’ve been happy to come along with us on this journey so far.
Firstly then, as we look back at 2013, here’s to another great year with all of you in 2014, as we take Brunel on to further our goal of providing genuinely personal wealth management services.
This, for us, is our key aim in 2014: making sure that we continue to learn and grow as a business, in order to provide a service to clients that matters. As we mentioned during our Vertigo event, we’ve all seen the connection between firm and client damaged in larger firms and Brunel was established not just with a highly personal service in mind, but with that dedication to service as a guiding principle of the whole company.
Many thanks to all of our friends, local colleagues and former England Cricket Captain, Alec Stewart, who all took the time to join us on 28th November for a celebration of our first two years in business and the first year at our Vertigo offices in Bristol.
We were delighted to welcome those of you who could make it to our offices for an evening of informal drinks and canapes, as we reflected on the past couple of years.
It was Mr. Stewart though who took centre stage for very obvious reasons! With the latest Ashes series currently taking place in Australia, Alec talked about his time in the England camp and shared with us some of his experiences and anecdotes. As England’s most capped cricketer there were plenty of them and it was great to have Alec’s input on the night.
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