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Paul Yates, Product Strategy Director: iPipeline

July 2017

"We have used larger agencies in the past, however, generally speaking, we get better value for money from CCC and significantly more press coverage.”

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Steve Casey, Marketing Director: Square Health

Mar 2017

"Since working with Matt and the team, we have been very impressed with the depth of knowledge and the range of contacts they have, which is helping us to develop and grow our business really well.”

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Philip Wood, Executive Director – Sales & Marketing: Health Shield

Jan 2017

"Kevin and his team provide high level, pro-active and strategic marketing support services to Health Shield, bringing their wealth of market knowledge and industry expertise to the table across PR, marketing, distribution and product development. Always straight talking and willing to provide an opinion and insight in supporting his client base across the health and protection landscape."

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Jeff Prestridge, Personal Finance Editor: Mail on Sunday

Dec 2015

"Seven Families has been the financial campaign of this year. On so many levels. And by many a country mile."

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Peter Carvill: Handelsblatt Global Edition

Nov 2014

"As a reporter specialising in financial journalism, I’ve always found Matt to be highly engaging, knowledgeable about his sector and able to give insightful answers to questions rather than the usual blandishments fired our way. Matt is always willing to lead and push the industry in the directions that it should be taking."

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Edward Mason: Mason Campbell

Nov 2014

"I worked with Matthew at Quilter during a period when the investment management firm was looking to raise its public profile. He has strong contacts and expertise in the media, as well as across financial services, and is focused on achieving business-oriented results."

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Tom Baigrie: LifeSearch

Nov 2014

"The 'Seven Families' campaign is the most impressively delivered, organised and sequenced protection press campaign one could imagine."

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Peter Chadborn: Plan Money

June 2013

Linda is one of those rare people in the financial services industry who has an extremely broad base of knowledge and experience, including manufacturing, distribution, PR and marketing. This means her insight is well-informed and accurate. As an IFA who works closely with the media, and PR departments of various companies, I have always found Linda’s influence to have a highly positive impact on the perception of the brand she is representing.

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Ray Chinn: LV=

June 2013

I worked with Linda for a number of years at LV=. She has a great ability to take a difficult topic – pensions – and turn it into an interesting and positive insight. Without doubt, Linda was instrumental in ensuring that LV= pensions and retirement punched above its weight in both the trade and consumer media.

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Brian Walters: Regency Health

June 2013

When you work with Kevin it quickly becomes clear why he's held in such high regard throughout the industry. He's a sharp thinker with excellent judgement, he's also affable and highly efficient. Kevin's expertise in protection and public relations make him the obvious choice for financial services PR.

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Mark Jones: LV=

June 2013

Linda had a very positive impact upon our business at LV=, greatly increasing the profile of both our brand and key individuals. She has a proactive approach to communicating, which allied with her deep technical knowledge of protection and wide network within our industry ensured we were involved in all the major debates, and our voice was heard as a protection specialist.

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Eric Armstrong: Capita Financial Software

June 2013

We need to have collaborators in the Protection world to support us and our customers using our portals and research tools. We rely on the expertise that Kevin has developed through his various roles, and recognise that often Kevin has the ability to join all the dots at once.

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Mike Weedon: Life Cover for All

June 2012

I attended the protection training course in Leeds and have to say it was well worth the day out of the office. The content was very well produced and delivered and the impartiality means that session was not product or provider bias. No matter what your knowledge of Protection is, I would highly recommend the session – great for inexperienced advisers and a really useful refresher for all those experienced advisers."

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Nick Aumonier, Managing Director: Clarity Financial Solutions

Nov 2011

“When we started Clarity Financial we knew we needed guidance from industry experts with a proven track record of product understanding and distribution. Our search started and ended with Kevin. He is been invaluable to us and a key factor in our continued development. I can’t imagine a scenario where a protection business wouldn’t benefit from Kevin’s involvement.”

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Top 50 most influential: Professional Adviser

Oct 2011

"No.24: Through his consultancy firm Carr provides public relations and marketing services to a wide range of businesses in the industry but he maintains the importance of advice."

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Mark Myers, CEO: British Friendly

July 2011

“Kevin has made a real difference to our business. When we launched BFS protect the industry knowledge, insight and communications skills he brought to the table were invaluable and contributed greatly to our development. There is no messing around with Kevin, he calls it as he sees it, which is very refreshing.”

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Marcus Kiley, Sales Manager: London & Country

Oct 2010

"The Income Protection training delivered by Kevin Carr and Stuart Johnson was the best protection training I’ve had in 10 years of being in the financial services industry.”

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The 50 most influential: Professional Adviser

Sept 2010

“No.43: Kevin Carr is committed to bringing to the fore the best of financial services from every aspect. In his 16 years in the industry he has reinvented himself from high-street mortgage adviser, to protection specialist at LifeSearch and head of protection strategy, to director of protection development at PruProtect. This year Carr launched his own consultancy firm, which provides public relations, marketing and training services to the protection and wider financial services industry. At the same time, in an example of his commitment to every angle of the industry, in January Carr took up the role of CEO of the Protection Review. Working with the firm ‘s co-founders he pushes forward debate on key industry issues like Solvency II and adviser awareness of how to avoid mis-selling.”

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Tom Baigrie, Managing Director: LifeSearch

Feb 2010

“I may have worked for longer and more closely with Kevin than has anyone else. His intellect, energy and commitment to any issue he sees as ethical and important varies between impressive and awesome. He never fails to add value and has a take on almost any point that improves conventional thinking. If you can afford him then hire him!”

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Mark Locke, PR Manager - Personal Finance: AEGON UK

Feb 2010

“I have known Kevin for a long time. He has proven to be a trusted and loyal confidant, professional, diligent, unafraid of challenging the status quo and arguably the best media commentator in the protection industry today - helping raise the need for financial protection like no other.”

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Ian McKenna, Managing Director: F&TRC

Jan 2010

“Having worked at both the coal face and senior management level within adviser and provider businesses, Kevin probably has an unequalled understanding of the practical, commercial operations and communications issues in the Protection market today. He thoroughly deserves his position as one of the key influencers in the UK financial services industry.”

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Alan Lakey, Owner: Highclere

Jan 2010

“Kevin has a number of virtually unique talents. The first is that, apart from one other, he is the only person I know in this industry who is liked by everybody. The second is that he has an intuitive grasp of issues and impacts which enables him to decode them quicker than anybody else.”

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25 most influential industry players: Cover Magazine

Oct 2007

“No.2: Kevin has breathed new life into this industry and has raised the profile for protection in the pages of the personal finance press like no one has done before. He tackles every issue with the customer first and foremost in mind, which in itself is a rare treat in this industry. His knowledge of the market is exhaustive and he uses his considerable ‘clout’ to improve the way we all work. You may not agree with him all the time, but you cannot question his commitment and drive. A true consumer champion – doing more for the promotion of protection than most.”

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Headlinemoney Judges Comments:

May 2007

“Kevin Carr has made protection insurance his own. When he first came on to the PR scene a few years back journalists were sometimes marginally overwhelmed by his boundless enthusiasm for all things critical. But Carr is no longer a PR puppy. A typical comment is: “Kevin is very pro-active, thinking several steps ahead of his competitors, and he has a really thorough grasp of his subject. He is more helpful, knowledgeable and quotable than anyone else in the protection field.” That is perhaps not surprising bearing in mind that PR is only part of Carr’s remit. He heads up LifeSearch’s technical department and also manages the company’s sales relationships with each product provider.”

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