Before setting up in business 2 years ago, I decided to do some market research and look at the quality of financial advice available on the High Street in Swindon.
I looked at 2 of the biggest financial institutions: Halifax & Nationwide.
In the Halifax, the adviser wasn't expecting me. He advised me to have a look at Halifax's Unit Trusts & Life funds on their website and to choose the funds myself!
In the Nationwide, I quizzed the adviser and was told he much preferred doing mortgages. He added his own money was invested in a Tracker fund which had lost significant amounts of money!
Conclusion on the Financial Advice at the Halifax & Nationwide in Swindon: Steer clear.