Financial Planning that lasts a lifetime

We're strong advocates of delivering independent Financial Planning in a simple and straightforward manner: creative when it needs to be, but above all advice-led. It’s about your whole life – not just your money.

You’re busy juggling the circus of life, you know – doing the school run, making some decent money, got the house looking good and the nice car on the driveway, but is your money doing enough? We can help ensure you’re being efficient, maximising what you have and getting you on your way to financial freedom.

You’ve been working hard, playing hard, saving hard and then some – but have you got enough? We can help you make sense of all the paperwork, bring clarity to your current situation and together create a plan to get you living the kind of life you always dreamed of.

Prefer to chat online? If you’re the type who texts rather than calls, uses the self-checkout, or is a little more introvert than you’d care to admit, then our Virtual Planner option’s got you covered! Together we can make sure your money is working as hard for you as you are and help ensure you’re being as efficient as possible.

"If we command our wealth, we shall be rich and free. If our wealth commands us, we are poor indeed."

— Edmund Burke

What our clients say

My husband and I had recently got to the age where we were starting to think about retiring! We thought that we would need to start some serious planning if we wanted to retire early (the dream would be by age 60) and so we engaged the services of Ben to help us look at what we had and what we needed to do to make the dream a reality. Ben asked lots of questions about our needs and wants as well as our assets and financial commitments which resulted in a comprehensive report outlining our options. Ben’s approach is direct, honest and thorough which really built our confidence and he took time to explain and guide us through the report. With his expertise we were both able to take early retirement.... 4 years earlier than planned! We have been so thankful for the advice and support Ben has given us and continues to give us, recognising that without his financial expertise we would not be in the healthy financial position we are in today.

Mr & Mrs Mansfield, Gloucester

We met Ben at a very difficult time of our lives when we were at our wits-end regarding our finances. He was empathetic, trustworthy and never judged us. He gave us great advice and helped steer us on to the path we now travel on. That was a year and a half ago and we have sorted out our insurances and pensions and are now in a good place. This is by no means the end of our relationship with Ben as we will now have a yearly MOT and from that who knows! This has all been down to Ben's shrewd financial planning and sound creative knowledge. We are very grateful to have been given an introduction to him and highly recommend his services to anyone needing them.

Mr & Mrs Galliott, Thornbury

I highly recommend Stem Financial for retirement planning. Ben was amazing. So patient and helpful. He made the whole process much easier for me. I’m now able to make informed decisions about my future rather than hoping all would be ok. 

Ms Bird, Gloucester

Ben has recently started helping us with our financial planning. We are impressed with the clarity, passion and integrity with which he works. Understanding finances can be very confusing but Ben finds ways of making things clear. The obvious enjoyment and knowledge he has of his subject help enormously with that quantity of communication. Added to this, the fact that Ben won't sell you what you won't benefit from makes him easy to recommend. 

 Mr & Mrs Jorden, Gloucester

We have recently taken early retirement. This was due in part to the excellent service we received from Ben Baldwin. His skills, expertise and advice have meant our finances are working for us, giving us a good quality of life. Ben was professional, courteous and understanding of our specific needs and questions. We would highly recommend Ben's work. 

Mr & Mrs Andrews, Gloucester

I was introduced to Ben through my son to help me invest my inheritance from my parents. I have never had to deal with large amounts of money and the whole thing scared me. We met up in a non threatening coffee bar in London and chatted about what I wanted out of life, things I had coming up and my dreams. I had four more years at work in a job where the enjoyment had gone completely but no way of retiring early. I must admit the paper work scared me but Ben did his upmost to make it simple and understandable for me. Ben answered any queries quickly and let my son be included in the loop to help me understand things. When all things were sorted and everything covered, Ben arranged so I could retire straight away I wasn’t sure who was happier me or Ben! Would I recommend?...it’s a yes from me!

Ms Rudd, Sidcup

Ben has recently started helping us with our financial planning. We are impressed with the clarity, passion and integrity with which he works. Understanding finances can be very confusing but Ben finds ways of making things clear. The obvious enjoyment and knowledge he has of his subject help enormously with that quantity of communication. Added to this, the fact that Ben won't sell you what you won't benefit from makes him easy to recommend. 

 Mr & Mrs Daniels, Chislehurst

"It's not how much money you make, but how much money you keep, how hard it works for you, and how many generations you keep it for."

- Robert Kiyosaki