Paradigm Protect, the directly authorised protection proposition – which is part of Paradigm Mortgage Services, has today launched a series of webinars for member firms covering a range of advice topics.
Beginning this week, each webinar session is 30 minutes long and will be hosted by a different provider covering a specific topic. The webinars are being offered as an alternative to Paradigm’s CPD events which have had to be postponed due to COVID-19 and allow advisers to boost their CPD hours from home.
Over the next two weeks, Paradigm Protect will be hosting four sessions. These are:
- 15th and 20th April – Royal London will provide practical tips to advisers on home working and the use of technology in order to continue delivering quality advice to clients.
- 16th April – iPipeline will look at how advisers can grow their protection business, saving time and generating protection conversations with their existing client bank.
- 22nd April – AIG Life will discuss how valued-added services can be utilised by advisers to engage with clients as well as secure new opportunities.
A number of other webinars will also be added to the line-up, featuring providers including Aegon, Canada Life & Unum.
Last week, Paradigm Protect launched a ‘Protection Matrix’ document, which outlines a range of information for advisers covering how individual providers are dealing with applications from clients with COVID-19, the product, policy and process changes they have made as a result of the virus, the way they are dealing with claims across individual products, and the contact details and support that is available during this period. Since launch, Paradigm has added new information including British Friendly as a new provider, plus AIG Life and Guardian Financial Services’ recent changes to medical screening.
Mike Allison, Head of Protection at Paradigm, commented: “At Paradigm Protect we have been actively looking at how we can support intermediaries through this extremely challenging time. Prior to the COVID-19 crisis, we had a wide range of protection-based events planned for our member firms to attend, and there was a great interest in these sessions from advisers. We know there is an appetite for help, support and information on a whole manner of protection-based topics, so while we can’t physically run our events as planned, we feel it’s important to offer member firms opportunities to continue meeting their CPD requirements from the comfort of their own home.
“We can’t think of a time when the need for protection has been so great, or so front and centre in the minds of so many people. These initial sessions, and the ones that follow, have been designed by us and our provider partners to help advisers tap into that client interest, and ensure they can provide the necessary cover to as wide a range of individuals as possible.”