The Company was founded in January 1970, initially as a Partnership between Nick Hyde and Don Daldry. In April 1980, Don left the Company and Nick continued as the sole owner. The Company is wholly owned by the three shareholders, Matthew Barber, Howard Imbert and James Hyde, and is one of a limited number of firms nationally that are Chartered Financial Planners, privately owned and without external investment. Forrester-Hyde Limited attained Chartered status on 25 February 2013. Five of our nine Advisers are Chartered, and four are Fellows of the Chartered Insurance Institute. Fellowship is the highest level of qualification an Independent Financial Adviser can attain.
The Company was initially located in Basildon before moving to Rectory Grove, Leigh-on-Sea, in 1980. In 2002 the Company acquired 19 Clifftown Road, a prominent building in the heart of Southend-on-Sea. The building was constructed in 1910 by John H Burrows to house the local newspaper, the Southend Standard. It was subsequently acquired by the Daily Mail Group and occupied by the Radio Station, Heart Essex FM. Since acquisition, the building has undergone significant renovation and, in addition to being home to Forrester-Hyde, also houses a number of other prominent local businesses, to include BTMK Solicitors LLP, Hays Specialist Recruitment, and Houseman Water Hygiene Limited.
In August 2018, Forrester-Hyde acquired new premises in Leigh-on-Sea and appointed a local, award winning architects SK Architects to design and oversee the renovation of the building. Following a successful application for planning permission and an eight month renovation, Forrester-Hyde moved into its new headquarters on 19th December 2019.
Our Advisers subscribe to the Company ethos of developing open and transparent relationships with our clients, many of whom have been advised by the Company for more than forty years. We follow a simple maxim that if something seems too good to be true it invariably is to be avoided and this simple philosophy, coupled with our expertise and experience has served our investors well. Trust is at the heart of everything we do and we look forward to developing and expanding the business as we approach our fiftieth anniversary.