Media Centre

17th March 2020
Coronavirus - BRI's response

The health and safety of our clients and employees is our utmost priority. We continue to follow government guidance and do what is necessary to protect everyone we work with.

As a precaution, to safeguard the health of our clients and our employees we have cancelled all face to face meetings both in the office and outside. However, we can still have contact in other ways and continue to look after our clients and their investments as diligently as ever. Our client advisors are all able to work away from the office, to speak on the phone and communicate by email and by video conferencing if clients wish. Phone calls to our office can be redirected to our advisors wherever they may be.

Financial firms like BRI are required to have well-developed business continuity plans and to be able to implement them at times like these. Our plans have been developed over many years and include being able to operate effectively if significant numbers of our employees are obliged to work from home or are unable to come into the office. All of our important day to day functions continue to operate even under the current conditions and in compliance with government advice.

Over recent years financial firms have been required to make sure they have strong balance sheets to be able to withstand economic and market shocks. BRI is no exception and over many years has maintained reserves significantly in excess of regulatory requirements. This remains a priority for us.

We appreciate that clients may be worried about the implications of the current situation for their own investments and financial plans, and we encourage all to speak to their usual advisor if there are any matters they would like to discuss.

Simon Boardman-Weston
Chief Executive