How We’re Supporting The Local Nantwich Community
By David Pritchard
October 2023 marks an incredible milestone for Applewood Independent: our silver anniversary. Over the past 25 years, we’ve grown considerably from a one-man company to a team of 16 people with three financial advisers.
Our core mission remains the same: adding value to our clients and helping them make their money perform to its highest potential. So far, we’ve done an excellent job at keeping this solemn promise. But it doesn’t end here.
At Applewood Independent, we believe in giving back to the community that has supported and shaped our business since its inception. Here’s how we’re doing this:
Supporting local initiatives
There are a diverse range of ongoing initiatives taking place within the Nantwich community and we’re thrilled to be able to back these excellent works. The annual Christmas tree sponsorship is merely one of the many ways we show our support to the community.
Additionally, we provide the community with financial support for local events which draw in visitors from outside town and ultimately benefit local businesses. For instance, the Nantwich Food Festival – one of the largest events each year – takes place over an entire weekend and attracts over 40,000 visitors. That’s an incredible economic boost for the community and we’re thrilled to be one of the lead supporters for this event.
Supporting local sports teams
In addition, Applewood Independent is giving back to the community by supporting local sports teams. We believe that it’s highly important for children to be able to get physical exercise at a place local to them and as such, we currently sponsor the 3G pitch at Nantwich Football Club which has now been dubbed the Applewood Arena.
We’re also supporting the ladies football team and the rugby club. Ultimately, these initiatives have a profound effect – helping kids stay healthy while boosting their mental development as well.
Facilitating security through education
We’re not just passionate about ensuring financial security and safety. This security cuts across all boards, including (and most especially) women’s safety. Recently, we supported the Alpha Omega Women Peace and Security (WPS) Foundation – a charity which places a massive focus on helping women feel safe and secure within their community and beyond. Its vehicle for driving this change is education and we’re excited to see what the future holds for this foundation and the Nantwich community.
Supporting families through the current economic crisis
The stock market and the fixed interest market had a tough run in 2022. We witnessed what can essentially be called a domino effect – rising interest rates in response to the inflation in gas and energy prices, which was caused by the war in Ukraine. The short-lived Kwasi Kwarteng budget didn’t help matters either.
Consequently, more families have been thrown into poverty and many households are still struggling to cope with the high cost of living. We have decided to pitch in and do our part as a business. Thus, we’re helping families navigate through this difficult economic period by supporting the local food bank.
Gearing up for the future
In the last two months, Alex and I have spoken to over a dozen fund managers regarding the stock market outlook for 2023. Interestingly, the general consensus is that the UK is cheap and offers great value compared to the rest of the world.
There are several great opportunities for investment and there’s no better time than now to take your money out of the bank and invest in UK stocks. While the economy will definitely take a huge hit with the potential recession that’s looming, we’re looking at an upside potential of 50 per cent on investment opportunities over the next 18 months to two years.
Interesting times are ahead and we’re helping our local community gear up for this future by providing them with maximum support. You can also begin to prepare for the future by taking a closer look at your finances and the investment opportunities available to you.
The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not constitute financial advice. Applewood Independent Ltd is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. For financial advice designed for you and your specific circumstances, please contact the author using the contact details provided in this article or, alternatively, contact the Applewood Independent Ltd office on 01270 626555.
The value of your investment can go down as well as up, and you may not get back the full amount invested.