On ITV recently there was the usual run of adverts, all direct sellers chasing the same business.

One stood out among the rest, this was the one with Michael Winner. However, this time he was promoting First Alternative, the sister company of esure.

But right at the end, he said: "This isn't an advert. I am an insurance salesman."

In this respect I was wondering if he has registered for his application pack to be authorised by the FSA. And has he put his application in yet?

Has his 'minded to authorise' letter been sent? Perhaps you could remind him the deadline is 31 July to apply.

Cheeky chap, better not get away with selling insurance, and not be approved.

Richard Mikula
Topaz Insurance

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