Redmill Advance Welcomes Benchmark Academy

News Release

Benchmark Academy to create next generation of chartered financial planners 

31 January 2022

Benchmark Capital (“Benchmark”), a leading provider of financial planning solutions and part of the Schroders Group, today announces the launch of the Benchmark Academy. The Academy is a dedicated resource which will help build successful careers in financial planning across a range of roles, but with an overall focus on building the next generation of chartered financial planners.

The Academy will focus initially on the 150+ advice firms Benchmark currently work with, with pathways designed for advisers, administrators and paraplanners. The aim is to go beyond standard qualifications, with a focus on developing the professional skills required to operate at the highest standards across the financial planning profession.

The Academy will provide structured training solutions through a blend of eLearning, digital support and live or virtual training. The objective is to assist individuals achieve their regulatory qualifications whilst embedding the client relationship and service skills needed to deliver the best possible client outcomes. The training will support individuals regardless of their prior knowledge, exposure to financial products or past career. The first cohort of 26 candidates started last week.

To deliver this bespoke programme, Benchmark has partnered with market leading training specialists, Redmill Advance, in the provision of these blended learning solutions.


Ed Dymott, Managing Director Wealth, Benchmark, commented:

“Our focus is to continue to work with the highest quality financial planners in the UK, with the aim of helping them grow the value of their businesses. The Benchmark Academy will help create the next generation of the best-qualified advisers, paraplanners and administrators. 

We are passionate about attracting and developing the very best talent into our profession, and we hope that this programme will help to create a rich, diverse and inclusive group of individuals who will be the future leaders in financial advice”


David Tait, Co-Founder & Director of Redmill Advance, commented:

“We are strongly aligned to Benchmark’s aims of creating the next generation of financial planning talent and are delighted to partner with them. The Benchmark Academy programme has been designed using our blended, fully digital, learning solutions, and we believe it will provide the broad skill sets required to operate at the very highest standards.  We are looking forward to working with Benchmark and their adviser firms in supporting the next generation of candidates, and welcome those just embarking on their journey, and look forward to their positive results in due course”



Notes to Editors:

For media-related enquiries:

Benchmark Capital:

PR Manager, Augustine.Chipungu@schroders.com / +44 207 658 2106

Redmill Advance  media@redmilladvance.com 0131 541 2273

About Benchmark Capital

As an award-winning wealth management business, we are passionate about delivering long-term value for our clients in a fast-changing world. We help high-quality financial planning firms grow and prosper by supporting them throughout their business lifecycle; starting-up, running efficiently, growing successfully, and planning a smooth exit.

Benchmark Capital, headquartered in Horsham, West Sussex has £18.7 billion of assets under administration on behalf of over 1,600 financial advisers (as at 31.12.21) and employs 430 staff.


About Redmill Advance

Redmill Advance is a learning provider and e-learning specialist offering CII and CISI exam, behavioural, and soft-skills support. In addition, Redmill Advance offers other learning including compliance, HR, foundation and leadership. In total, Redmill Advance have more than 240 learning programmes and provide structured learning via a learning management system (LMS) blended with virtual and classroom training. Learning can be accessed 24/7 on any device and from anywhere in the world.


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