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Rising star passes key exams

A rising star at a county financial services group has become one of the youngest people across the country to pass his first professional exams.

Twenty-year-old Piers Hindhaugh, of Q Financial Services, has successfully completed his R01 qualification – and is now half way to gaining a diploma in regulated financial planning.

Piers, from Pontesbury, joined the administrative department at Q’s Shrewsbury office just under a year ago and has set his sights on developing a long-term career with the expanding firm.

“It has taken me five months since I started my studies but I’m delighted to have passed the exam. I want to carry on so that I become a qualified mortgage adviser and can start building up a portfolio of my own clients with Q.

“Since I joined the company, the whole team has been really supportive in allowing me to study for these exams and achieve my dream of qualifying. I couldn’t have come anywhere better to start learning my trade and I cannot thank all of them enough.”

Piers was one of the youngest students across the country to successfully complete the R01 exam, and now hopes to earn the rest of the diploma in record time.

Stuart Mackintosh, Q’s director of operations, said: "We pride ourselves on developing talent wherever we see it and Piers is a perfect example of that. He has worked incredibly hard to achieve this success and is already showing a great understanding of the industry."

Q, which has bases in Wellington and Shrewsbury, is one of the region’s fastest-growing financial services companies and has been shortlisted this year in the Shropshire Chamber business awards for outstanding customer service.

Pictured:  Piers Hindhaugh