Time is ticking: What should firms be doing now to prepare for the SM&CR?

The Senior Managers and Certification Regime (SM&CR) deadline is fast approaching and the new regulation comes into force from 9 December 2019 for all FCA solo regulated firms. With Senior Management Functions replacing Controlled Functions, there are a range of additional and enhanced responsibilities and expectations that firms and their…

The Stride Group Fantasy Football Broker League is back – enter your team for the new season by 9 August

The Premier League new season starts on Friday 9 August, which means that it is time to enter your team into the Stride Group Broker League. There are monthly prizes for the Manager of the Month, and of course the season reaches its climax when we present the top prize…

Senior Managers and Certification Regime Q & A with Dilys Gale – Stride Insurance Group’s Compliance & Audit Manager

SMCR – what insurance brokers need to know – part two What is the SM & CR? SM & CR is a logical way of defining the accountability of individual manager or director in your brokerage and replaces the FCA “Approved Persons” regime known as APER. In addition, the SM…

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SMCR – what insurance brokers need to know. Part One

Following the financial crash in 2008 the Government introduced new rules, which resulted in the introduction of the Senior Managers and Certification Regime (SMCR). From December 2019 these rules apply to insurance brokers.
This is the first of a three-part article giving brokers tips on how to implement the new regime in their brokerage.

Fantasy Football – Manager of the Month March 2019

Welcome to the Pleasuredome? As anyone familiar with the works of Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Frankie Goes to Hollywood, prog rock legends Rush or even Olivia Newton John knows “In Xanadu did Kubla Khan a stately pleasure-dome decree”. However, at the time nobody thought Xanadu would be found just off the…