The Witan Wisdom Share Plan is no longer open to new applications.
Savings plan account holder options: As stated in our letter to Account Holders dated 11th February 2019, applications to open accounts with Hargreaves Lansdown received up to 15th March have been included in the 23rd March 2019 transfer. For Account Holders who have made other elections their wishes have also been implemented as instructed.
Other than Child Trust Funds and accounts in the hands of Executors (for which other arrangements will apply), accounts that remain open will automatically be transferred to the Board’s preferred option of Hargreaves Lansdown on May 11th. If you are happy for your account(s) to be transferred to Hargreaves Lansdown on May 11th, you do not need to take any further action, although if in the meantime you send your account transfer request form to Hargreaves Lansdown (agreeing to their terms and conditions) it may accelerate the full activation of the account once it has been opened on May 11th.
The Boards of Witan Investment Trust (Witan) and Witan Investment Services (WIS) have reviewed the current service level available to our Savings Scheme Account Holders. In light of the increasing variety, capability and cost effectiveness of investment platforms in the wider savings market they have concluded that the interests of Account Holders would best be served by a transfer (free of exit charges) to a specialist investment platform. They have chosen Hargreaves Lansdown, a FTSE 100 Company, as the recommended option, although Account Holders will also have the option to transfer to a different provider of their choice.
"There is an increasing range of savings platforms offering a broader array of services than those available to Witan Savings Scheme investors. Coupled with this, in recent years there has also been a substantial increase in the regulatory cost associated with the provision of the Schemes which has been borne by Witan shareholders as a whole.
We are confident that the proposed transfer will result in improved flexibility and choice for Account Holders, at a competitive cost.
We thank our members for the trust they have placed in us over the years in managing and administering their Savings Schemes. We will be doing all we can to ensure this necessary process will go as smoothly as possible."
Harry Henderson, Chairman of Witan Investment Services
Details of the transfer and options available to customers invested in the Wisdom Savings Scheme have been mailed to all Savings Scheme members.
For questions about your Witan Wisdom account please contact:
Investor Helpline: 0800 082 8180
Outside the UK: +44 1268 448646
PO Box 10550
FOR QUESTIONS ABOUT HARGREAVES LANSDOWN’S SERVICES PLEASE CONTACT:
Investment Helpdesk: 0117 900 9000