Since it started at the Anderson family kitchen table, Ellon-headquartered Phil Anderson Financial Services Ltd. has built a team of 20 across the north-east. Owner Phil tells Ellon Life about what he does, where his desire to succeed comes from and why he loves our modern market town…
Making money matters simple, straightforward and affordable
“With a family of six boys, working hard and providing financial security for my family is so important. When Evan was born with Down’s Syndrome, I was even more motivated because I wanted to make his life easier.
I was made redundant from my financial advisor role during the 2009 credit crunch and spotted a gap in the market. Most financial advisors seemed to be happy dealing with existing clients – there didn’t seem to be anyone looking to take on new clients and really grow a business. It was my big chance.
Phil Anderson Financial Services
I was excited to make money matters simple, straightforward and affordable for as many people as I could. We help people buy property by giving them mortgage advice and support them with retirement planning by advising on pensions, investments and savings.
The business has grown so much over the last 10 years. It moved from my kitchen table to a nice, visible spot in the centre of Ellon and there’s a team of twenty. We’re so grateful to the people of Ellon for putting their trust in us with their hard-earned savings and investments.
I’ve gone from being a hands-on financial advisor to a business owner. I work on growing the business, managing the team and helping with training.
Weekly Hints and Tips
I even have my own podcast – The UK Personal Finance Show with Phil Anderson!
The podcast is designed to help people make money matters more understandable and straightforward. Financial planning and wealth management can be daunting at times and each week we take you through a series of topics designed to give the listener guidance on a range of financial matters.“
I love #ellonlife because…
“It’s full of lovely people and businesses. People in Ellon are just so friendly! We love the community we serve and it’s been very supportive over the years. It’s been a fantastic town for my kids to grow up in – close enough to Aberdeen to see the big city and far enough out to enjoy the picturesque country life. There are vibrant, quirky places to eat and drink, and I think we’ll see further growth here with more independent foodie businesses opening.”
You’ve got one business wish – what is it?
To be the biggest employer in Ellon one day.
What sets you apart from other financial advisors?
Our amazing team and the work they put in to make financial matters easy for our clients.
Best business advice?
Go for it! Learn from your mistakes and get good people around you. I’d also recommend working with a business coach.
What are your business highlights?
Winning a Northern Star Award and a Pride of Aberdeen Award are up there, and I was truly delighted when we achieved over £1 million turnover. But I’d have to say the real highlight is how much we’ve grown over the past year, despite the challenges of a global pandemic.
Phil Anderson Financial Services Ltd.
Address: 8 Bridge Street, Ellon, AB41 9AA
Call: 01358 268166
Open: Monday to Friday from 9am until 5pm with home visits and evening appointments available on request.
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