We launched in 2005, but we’ve been present in the UK financial advice market for more than 40 years. You may remember us better as Hambro Life, Allied Dunbar and, more recently Zurich Advice Network.
When Allied Dunbar grew out of Hambro Life in the mid-1980s, its tied sales force expanded too. This culminated in the acquisition of Hill Samuel’s direct sales force in 1994, and then Abbey Life’s top 1,000 advisers in 2000.
In the same year Allied Dunbar’s parent company, British American Financial Services, was bought by Zurich who relaunched the newly-expanded sales force as The Franchise Network. In 2001 it changed its name to Zurich Advice Network (ZAN), before becoming Openwork four years later.
In 2008 Openwork launched its investment company, Omnis Investments Ltd, a joint venture between Openwork Holdings Limited and various companies within the Octopus Investments Group.