Duncan Lawrie – A Different Approach to Banking

Duncan Lawrie – A Different Approach to Banking

6th June 2016

davidl2At Duncan Lawrie, we like to do banking differently. Our professional and boutique style offers a real alternative to everyday high street banking, for those looking for a more discreet and distinctive way to do business.

Private Banking

First established in London in 1971, we have 45 years’ experience and a historical commitment to enterprise. Tracing our roots back to 18th century international tea merchants, we understand the unique challenges behind every business endeavour.

250 years ago our forebears knew all too well that navigating the high seas was no walk inthe park. With those experiences embedded deep in our DNA, we fully appreciate the complexities of business life today.

We take a personal approach and view each proposition in the round, on its own merits. We’re not looking to tick boxes, but to partner you in fulfilling your ambitions.

We don’t rely on off-the-shelf financial products. We tailor flexible, bespoke lending solutions, including bridging, property development and investment-backed loans, to meet your precise requirements.

Wealth Management

davidlBased on your needs and aims, our wealth management services, available from the UK and the Isle of Man, are designed to build and safeguard your long-term prosperity through a combination of technical expertise, proactive thinking and personal interaction.

Focusing on your individual requirements, our team of wealth management experts specialise in:

  • Wealth planning
  • Discretionary investment management
  • Tax returns
  • International trust company and fiduciary services
  • Private banking

We believe in people. We work hard to deliver a broad spectrum of creative and flexible solutions to your wealth management needs, all from under one roof. For those seeking expert and hassle-free wealth management, our services offer real value for money.

Client Focus

East Midlands full service branding agency, Champions (UK) plc, enjoyed steady growth throughout the downturn and the tough commercial period that followed. Facing increased demand for their services in 2014, they planned to double the size of their headquarters on the Leicestershire/ Nottinghamshire border.

Keen to help Champions build for the future, Duncan Lawrie set to work in devising holistic financial solutions to their complex requirements. Private Client Director, Courtney Kerkin said:

“Projects of this scale and ambition are rarely straightforward and this case presented its own particular challenges. With complex planning consents, a short timescale and a wide variety of builders and contractors involved, every aspect had to run like clockwork.

“As the project was set to create up to 70 new jobs, it carried with it the prospect of employment grant funding. We worked closely with Champions over several months to fulfil all the necessary criteria and, upon approval, we saw the process through to full grant delivery from the East Midlands Business Regional Growth Fund.”

In September 2015, the Rt. Hon. Kenneth Clarke QC officially opened the extended premises. Duncan Lawrie is enormously proud to have played an influential role in seeing the project though to fruition and allowing one of the area’s most dynamic businesses meet heavy demand and employ new staff.

Matthew Hayes, MD of Champions (UK) plc, said of the partnership, “Duncan Lawrie were not only highly flexible throughout a very complicated period but they took on our objectives as their own and stood with us until the job was done.”

“It felt like they were very much part of the Champions team and dealt with us so well on a personal level that I’m pleased to say their Account Manager has become a close family friend.”

Think of Duncan Lawrie as your collaborators and as people who share your hopes and ambitions. We take the time to get to know you and your objectives and we stay with you every step of the way.



15th February 2016

We hope you lovebirds out there had a romantic Valentine’s Day! As some of you may have had the question popped this weekend, we thought this would be the perfect opportunity to give away 7 pairs of tickets to the National Wedding Show at Birmingham NEC 4-6th March 2016.

To enter this competition all you need to do is share a funny story involving a wedding (yours or someone else’s!)  in the comment selection on this blog below!

We will select 7 of the funniest stories on Monday 22nd February 2016 at 12pm!

Closing date: 10am Monday 22nd February. The winner will be chosen by the Inspirational Magazine team & announced across Facebook and Twitter on Monday 22nd February. Judges decision is final. The prize cannot be transferred to another person and is not exchangeable for cash/another product. By entering a competition on the Inspirational Magazine website you are agreeing to Inspirational Magazine storing and using your information for marketing purposes.

5 things to do in Birmingham this Valentine’s Day

5 things to do in Birmingham this Valentine’s Day

29th January 2016

It only feels like five minutes since we were nursing our bellies after too much turkey and stuffing, but Valentine’s Day is rapidly approaching.

Struggling for inspiration for how to treat your partner? We’ve gathered together a list of five romantic things to do in Birmingham this Valentine’s Day.

A romantic getaway

Sweep your partner of their feet this Valentine’s at Hotel La Tour, a luxurious hotel in the centre of Birmingham. Enjoy a 5 course Valentines dinner at the new Mr. White’s Chophouse, overnight stay and breakfast. Prices range from £199 to £249.


Cadbury World

Who doesn’t love chocolate and what better time to celebrate your love than on Valentine’s Day? Snap up Afternoon Tea and a tour of the factory for just £19.95 per person. What’s not to love?


Dine out

In the evening you can treat you and your partner to a romantic candlelit dinner at the Mailbox. With tons of stylish restaurants and bars including Zizzi, Strada, Red Peppers and Pizza Express you will be spoilt for choice.


Travelling Cinema Company presents Romeo and Juliet

It’s the love story to top all love stories so Valentine’s Day has to be the best day to treat your special someone to an evening with Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo and Juliet at the Mockingbird Theatre and Bar. Your partner is bound to be grateful for the opportunity to look at Leonardo Dicaprio for two hours!


Stand up comedy

This Valentine’s at The Custard Factory you can take part in a stand-up comedy course for beginners which runs on the 14th from 6.30pm till 9pm.


Face Forward – Who are the inspirational women in your life?

Face Forward – Who are the inspirational women in your life?

17th July 2015

Yesterday marked the start of a brilliant event, Face Forward, a day of celebrating the inspirational women of the world. Particularly we focussed on the women who inspire us in our everyday lives.

We celebrated mothers, female scientists, women who overcame illness, great fitness transformations and various everyday heroes. More than anything we wanted to celebrate women who inspire us by beating the odds and coming out on top regardless of any factors set against them.

Some of the celebrated women this year include the U.S. Women’s Soccer Team who won the world cup this year, defying the stereotype that football is a male English sport and making many aspiring male footballers stand up, take noticeand be inspired.

We have also looked at Nicole Scherzinger and Maisie Williams, as  women who have worked incredibly hard to get where they are today. These two admirable ladies have also recently teamed up with Greenpeace to help with their campaign to save the Arctic.

Many people tweeted and shared stories about the inspirational women in their lives, showing the world women who had overcome cancer and are stronger than ever, gymnasts with disabilities or missing limbs, and the ideal woman to look up to, their mothers. With this kind of response, Face Forward ended up being a wonderful celebration of the most inspiring women we have heard of.

What is Men’s Health Week?

What is Men’s Health Week?

9th June 2014

Organised by the Men’s Health Forum, Men’s Health Week takes place from the 9th to the 15th June. The Men’s Health Forum is a charity based in England in Wales that was founded in 1994 to bring attention to male health issues. The MHF main area of work falls under carrying out research in to male health conditions, publishing reports and health information books and lobbying policy-makers.

This year’s Men’s Health Week will draw focus towards work and health. With more men facing unemployment due to the recession, statistics have suggested that there are major health implications due to this, mostly relating to stress, anxiety and depression. In addition to this, men with stressful jobs may find themselves with an increased risk of coronary heart disease and a higher change of premature mortality.

During the week, the MHF will be releasing the ‘Sick of Being Unemployed’ report highlighting how support services are failing to address the issues that unemployed men may be going through. Norman Lamb MP (the Minister for Care and Support) is reportedly speaking at the launch event, where he will highlight the need for a more integrated work and health support system.

In addition to this, the MHF is said to be releasing various other resources, including stress-busting tips and how to stay healthy at work. There are also various events that are planned by groups across the country, including a men’s only cookery club and 5-a-side football tournament.

Celebrate World Oceans Day with Crème de la Mer UK

Celebrate World Oceans Day with Crème de la Mer UK

8th June 2014

We’ve had some exciting news! Crème de la Mer are working in partnership with the National Geographic to help support the next generation of emerging ocean explorers.

Created in 1992 and made official by the United Nations in 2009, World Oceans Day takes place annually on 8th June. It serves as a time to recognise the importance of the sea as a vital ecosystem and to take action to preserve its delicate habitats and wildlife.

To commemorate World Oceans Day, a 100ml jar of Crème de la Mer with a new limited-edition design will be available from June 2014 from various stockists including Harvey Nichols at The Mailbox: http://bit.ly/RJMPD5

Inspirational Magazine Spring/Summer 2014 – out now!!

Inspirational Magazine Spring/Summer 2014 – out now!!

19th May 2014

The newest issue of Inspirational Magazine is out now! The Spring/Summer 2014 issue is packed with exciting features and guides as well as details of the West Midlands’ most exciting social events.

Check out our interesting cover story on the hugely talented Jennifer Lopez – who has a glittering career which spans the music, dance, film and television industries – as well as business, charitable giving and production.  Read all about Jennifer in the magazine, or we’ve also popped the article online for you, here.

We’ve also tracked down some of the best wedding venues in the region, as well as numerous other businesses in the region who are committed to providing you with the best necessities for your big day – including: photographers, honeymoon destinations and planning ideas.

If you’re looking for a place to grab a bit to eat in the West Midlands, never fear, our new issue is packed with the best places for you to be wined and dined.

The S/S14 issue is also packed with the best and brightest in finance and business from around the region. We share our insight into the power of social media for the corporate world, and we bring you advice on the housing market, your future financial security and the importance of seeking the correct legal advice.

Don’t forget to check out our exclusive summer gift guide – packed with some of the best fashion, accessories and gadgetry you could ever wish for!

And of course, don’t forget our social section, all around the best events across the Midlands, can you spot yourself?

We hope you enjoy the newest issue of Inspirational Magazine – and continue to keep up to date with us through our website! Read the magazine online here too.

Harvey Nichols 12 days of cocktails!

Harvey Nichols 12 days of cocktails!

12th December 2013

Harvey Nichols is celebrating the festive season in style with the definitive Christmas cocktail list. Their 12 Days of Christmas Cocktails list has been inspired by the famous festive song and includes ‘Partridge in a pear tree’ and ‘two turtle doves’. 

Each drink costs £9.50 and a new one will be on the menu every day from Monday December 9 until Friday December 20 when all 12 tipples will be available. 

Cheers to Harvey Nichols! 


Paula Reed’s Top A/W 13 Trends

Paula Reed’s Top A/W 13 Trends

11th October 2013

Harvey Nichols Fashion Director Paula Reed held her new season press presentations last month in Birmingham.

She shares her trends to watch on The Mailbox news page>  http://bit.ly/1bHiLB5