While seeking financial advice for his elderly mother, entrepreneur Andrew Thirkill was inspired to set up this financial-services company for the over-55s. Formerly a non-executive director of a laser eye clinic, he teamed up with Tim Loy, the clinic’s finance director, and adopted its sales and marketing strategies. With a team of 30 finance advisers, the Leeds company offers guidance to people looking for annuities and equity-release packages. Sales, which represent fees and commission, grew 57% a year, from £1.4m in 2007 to £5.6m in 2010
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