City comes to country

RURAL Huntingdonshire may seem a quirky location for a City office, but a firm of London-based stock-brokers is set to open an office in Offord D Arcy High Street in August. It will be a sixth UK office for stockbroking and investment management firm Fysh

RURAL Huntingdonshire may seem a quirky location for a City office, but a firm of London-based stock-brokers is set to open an office in Offord D'Arcy High Street in August.

It will be a sixth UK office for stockbroking and investment management firm Fyshe Horton Finney, founded in 1896, which also has offices in Birmingham, Leeds, Oxford and Inverness.

It will be run by investment manager Chris Took, who has been with Fyshe for four years and lived in the village for five.

"I moved to Offord to commute to London daily, but for the past year I have been working from home," he told The Hunts Post. "But when our second child was born, I realised it was time to find an office away from home."

He hopes to open the new office on August 1 with client relationship manager Samantha Goodman, and the aim is to grow the business locally.

"You don't need to be in the City now. I couldn't have done this 10 years ago, though.

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"Although we have been working quietly in the area for some time, this will give clients the opportunity to drop in and see us. People who may be uncertain about stock market investment are welcome to visit. We are not salesmen - we are just good at finding worthwhile investments. But there is never any pressure from us to deal."

Although the primary aim of opening in Huntingdonshire is to serve local private and corporate clients, the new office will not restrict its activities to the district. "My nearest client is next door but one to my home. The furthest is in Singapore," Mr Pook said.

CONTACT: Chris Pook is on 01480 811400.