Financial services provider Fair Investment Company is this week celebrating its 10th anniversary.
Directors James Caldwell and David Doulton and staff are marking the occasion today with champagne and cake at the firm's Bristol office .
"We're delighted that after 10 years, having weathered the bursting of the dot com bubble and a recession, we are still going strong and are able to offer consumers a valuable resource when it comes to finding the best financial solutions for their needs," said James.
When it was launched back in April 2000, Fair Investment Company was a pioneer of online financial services. And now, 10 years on, having survived some of the toughest financial times in recent years, it remains one of the UK's leading financial websites.
"I think one of the reasons Fair Investment Company has survived these tough times and continued to be so successful over the years is down to our ability to change with the times," explains David. "Through www.fairinvestment.co.uk we can see what our customers are asking for and can change our offering to answer that call."
While James adds, "We are currently focusing on savings and investments, and have expanded our services accordingly, adding a funds service to the site as well as an independent advisory service.
"We also have a number of alternative investment options on our site and were recently awarded five stars for our green and ethical ISA services by National Ethical Investment Week."
When they started the business, brothers-in-law James and David felt very strongly that the company should use its financial position to help fund worthwhile causes, and decided to contribute 10% of net profit to charities. As a result, Fair Investment Company has given more than £400,000 to charity over the past 10 years.
Currently, the firm is supporting Bethany Children's Trust, a charity that helps children affected by armed conflict, disability and HIV and Aids, Bulgarian Partners Trust, a charity that supports the work of the Sofia Baptist church in Bulgaria's capital city as it strives to help those living in desperate poverty, and micro-finance charity Five Talents UK.
In addition to contributing profit to these charities staff from Fair Investment Company also donate their own time and money to these worthwhile causes.
James has visited Sofia to see first-hand how the company's donations have helped the worthwhile work of the Bulgarian Partners Trust while David has been out to Tanzania to see some of the work being done through Five Talents UK.
In October, Fair Investment Company held a charity auction in aid of Bulgaria Partners Trust which raised more than £5,000, and on September 18 this year, 15 staff will be climbing Ben Nevis to raise £20,000 which will be split between Bethany Children's Trust and Five Talents UK.