More than 60 delegates attended a recent Guernsey QROPS seminar in Manchester.

Guernsey had already held two QROPS events in London during the past year and the event in Manchester was the first of three masterclasses being hosted across the UK this autumn, with seminars in Birmingham and Bristol to follow in the coming months.

"Our two seminars in London were extremely well attended and I am delighted to say that we also had an impressive turnout in Manchester as well," said Peter Niven, Chief Executive of Guernsey Finance – the promotional agency for the Island's finance industry.

"This is recognition of the fact that QROPS remains a particularly hot topic. There is a significant mass of expats already and many more people are considering leaving the UK given the current economic climate so financial advisers know that they have to stay on top of developments to be able to provide clients with the very latest pensions information.

"I think the impressive number of delegates also reflects Guernsey's standing as the jurisdiction of choice for QROPS. We are the market leader and as such, not only do advisers need to keep on top of what is happening in the Island but they are also aware that we can provide cutting edge perspectives on new products such as QNUPS."

The seminar in Manchester was held on Wednesday 8th September at the Midland Hotel with an expert panel comprising: Richard Green, Deputy Director of Income Tax for the States of Guernsey; Adrian Howe, Pensions Director, Marlborough Pension Trustees; David Evans, Associate Director, Praxis; Richard Garrod, Director, Cavendish Corporate Investments PCC; and Liz Hinchliffe, Pensions Technical Manager, Pinsent Masons.

Mr Niven added: "At each event we have a panel of experts on hand to take the audience right through from the foundation stages to the very latest thinking on QROPS and recent developments like the introduction of QNUPS. They are tackling a wide range of issues, including some of the common myths associated with these pension schemes and of course there is a chance for the audience to have their questions answered by Guernsey and UK practitioners.

"We were very pleased to attract such a strong turnout in Manchester. It shows that there is a thirst for knowledge on the subject and I am hopeful that we will see similarly strong attendances when we visit Birmingham and Bristol later this autumn."

For more information about Guernsey's finance industry please visit www.guernseyfinance.com.

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