Making a real difference to farmers’ lives

As a Member of the Regional Advisory Board NFU Mutual Isle of Man, I was pleased to be the test candidate for NFU Mutual clients on the island to ensure that Thornton was the right firm with the right ethos to work with them.

Thornton were shortlisted by the NFU Mutual and appointed in April 2015 as their Financial Advisory firm of choice for its Isle of Man policy holders. This was not only for their Chartered Financial Planner status but also because of their known specialism in working with small business owners. Thornton is also owned and run by local members of the island community. Farmers need financial planners who understand the farm is usually integral to their whole family, and that there are vital and often difficult conversations to have around succession planning. This has even wider implications for the well being of the wider Manx community as the island tries to maintain some self sufficiency.

Time was taken to meet with both my wife and I, we were able to picture what our lives ahead could look like. It was a bit like a time machine. We were able to make decisions about our future with clarity and focus.

It is clear to me Thornton can make a real difference, not just to other farmers and their families’ lives, but also many other NFU Mutual Isle of Man clients, and help them in a way I would have never imagined.