About Richard Dicks

Richard started in financial services in January 1997 after completing his degree and began advising clients in 1999. He was trained at Virgin Direct where the consumer was treated as king and he proudly continues this approach when dealing with all of his clients.

Richard holds a wide range of professional advice qualifications including long term care but his real passion is helping people grow their money for retirement and explaining pensions in an understandable language.

As an independent financial adviser Richard is able to provide full financial planning advice covering the arrangement of Investments, Pensions, Protection, Mortgage’s & Long Term Care planning.

More about Richard

Richard is an independent financial adviser (IFA) working with clients across Norwich and Norfolk.

Over the past 10 years Richard has been an IFA delivering truly independent advice while building up a happy clientele of investment and mortgage customers.

When not advising clients Richard enjoys spending time with his wife Emma, 4 children and his Labrador Merlin.

He enjoys playing cricket in the summer for the local village side Coltishall where he is an all-rounder and getting up to the Norfolk coast as often as he can.

Why choose Richard

A good place to start is ‘why did Richard chose to work with Broadland Consultants and not someone else?’

Broadland Consultants Ltd is a firm of Independent Financial Advisors based in the heart of Norfolk, who have been servicing client’s financial needs for over 25 years.

Having worked in the financial services industry for over 18 years, Richard was aware of Broadland Consultants and how they deal with & treat their clients, so when the opportunity arose to be part of a company that holds the same values as he does, the choice was simple.

Richard and Broadland Consultants are both authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). We both have the quality of our work regularly reviewed by our external auditor to ensure our independent advice continues to meet all the regulatory requirements.

  • Richard is a Financial Planner
    That means putting a plan in place to deliver your financial objectives, whatever they are. Of course, that means firstly spending time identifying those objectives, something which can be surprisingly hard to do.
  • Independent
    We strongly believe in the benefits of independent financial advice & know our clients feel the same. Most of our work involves careful preparation of financial plans. But a financial product – for example a pension or an ISA – will often need to be selected at some point, and our independence means we can select the most appropriate product and provider for your circumstances.
  • Straight talking & approachable
    Wherever you want to get to, you’ll need a plan. It doesn’t have to be complicated and may actually be very simple, but we think it’s important that you know what you are being advised to do, understand why you are being advised to take a particular course of action & have confidence and trust in the person advising you. You will find Richard to be ‘professionally informal’ no stuffiness or formality, but nevertheless, a determination to get the job done.
  • Local
    Being born & bred in Norfolk, Richard works with clients of whom many are close to where he lives & works. Our clients tell us that being local to them is a key benefit to working with us; it means we can be more reactive and often meet at short-notice if the need arises.
  • Evidence-based decisions
    Your financial future is too important to base on anything other than the available evidence. As strange as it sounds, many advisers don’t use all the available evidence, or the most up-to-date and sophisticated tools when planning your financial future. Our evidence-based approach gives you the confidence to make tough decisions.
  • Unpressured
    Knowing Norfolk as we do, we know that reputation is hard won. Our friendly approach means that our clients will never feel pressured to make a financial decision. Our relationship is a partnership, indeed one which often develops into a friendship, to help you to attain your financial goals.

If that’s the type of service you’re looking for, then you’ve come to the right place.

Who we work with

Whatever the problem, we’ve always believed the best results are achieved by consulting an expert, this applies to every walk of life, including financial planning.

Our clients want expert, independent advice, delivered by an adviser experienced in helping people with similar financial challenges.

All our clients are different, but there are some common things that trigger them to seek out financial advice.

These include:

  • Poor rates of return on bank deposits
  • Trying to reduce Tax implications (Inheritance Tax, Capital Gains Tax or Income tax)
  • Inheriting money following the death of a loved one
  • Concern about how investments are performing
  • Nervousness about an existing financial adviser or their existing adviser bank has stopped offering their services.
  • The need of more income, capital growth or both
  • Career change – such as starting and growing a business
  • A desire to finish work and retire
  • Moving House
  • Birth of a child

We don’t just work with wealthy individuals, if you are serious about planning your financial future, no matter how much money you have, we would be happy to talk to you.

Over the past 25 years we have built a deep understanding of the requirements of our clients. This knowledge allows us to efficiently and effectively give high quality, independent, financial advice and is why we are trusted to manage the financial affairs of clients, both old and new.

Areas of advice

As an Independent Advice firm we are able to help clients in a number of areas & cover the whole range of available solutions, an outline of which can be found below.

  • Investments: ISA’s, Investment Bonds, Unit Trust’s or OEICS, Investment Trusts, ETFs, Structured Products & Ethical Investments.
  • Pensions: Personal Pensions, SIPPs, Company Pensions, Annuities, Income Drawdown & Open Market Option
  • Mortgages: First time buyers, Residential, Re-mortgages, Buy to Let and Equity Release
  • Protection: Life Insurance, Critical Illness Cover, Income Protection Plans, Family Income Benefit, Private Health Insurance, Business Insurance, Share Holder Protection and Key Man Cover
  • Inheritance Tax Planning
  • Long Term Care Planning

As an established and reputable advisory firm we have also built strong relationships with other local and trusted firms who can further assist our clients in the following areas should there be a need:

  • Property Finding and Investment Property Consultancy*
  • Tenant Finding for Investment Property*
  • Commercial Finance*
  • The arrangement of Wills *
*The Financial Conduct authority does not regulate Commercial Finance, the sale and purchase of Investment Property and Wills.

Our Approach

Our initial discussion is completely free of charge, as the first meeting is all about us getting to know each other. Our aim is to have a long-term relationship with our clients, it’s therefore vital that we not only get on, but will work well with one another - hopefully for many years to come.

Effective financial planning isn’t about products, it’s about identifying your goals and aims, then producing a plan to ensure they are achieved.

Our investment philosophy is based on an evidence-based approach, using all the available evidence and the most up-to-date information.

With all of our clients we will follow these simple steps:

  1. Consider your circumstances, establish your goals & aims
  2. Gather and document the information
  3. Review your current situation
  4. Research your potential options
  5. Agree on the best way forward
  6. Implement the agreed plan
  7. Regularly review and monitor

Whatever you want to do, a better understanding of investments will probably help you build a better financial future. Please get in touch with us, so we can provide you with expert guidance through the numerous choices available to you.

Contact Richard

01603 278278

 07702 255013