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Celebrating 30 years

Planning on a comfortable financial future takes time.

Setting your goals is the first step to success.

Having goals gives focus and direction. That's where Research Independent Financial Services Ltd (‘Research’) can help.

We are independent financial advisers, which means our duty is solely to you – our client.

Research are located in Darlington and have been established since 1991. The advice we provide is completely impartial. Our continuous monitoring and research of the evolving financial services market enables us to recommend the most appropriate solutions to your financial needs.

Please browse our website to find out more about who we are, our level of knowledge, experience and expertise, and how we conduct business. For further information, please contact us.

Treating Customers Fairly

Research is regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), and we are happy to work within a regulated environment which prioritises the interests of consumers.

Research have satisfied the rigorous criteria relating to professional qualifications and ethical good practice. You can therefore be confident that you are dealing with one of the North East's leading firms that are wholly committed to providing you with the best possible advice, service and support.

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Research value the Importance of responsible investing

At Research, we will continue to look closely at the investment propositions that we put forward to our clients.  We will ensure that sustainable investing, also known as socially responsible investing, is part of our ongoing process and we will of course respect the wishes of our clients in this respect.


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