TERMS & CONDITIONS Couldn’t I just do this myself?  Yes, of course.  However, no firm could ever reasonably become 'familiar' with the process of Authorisation - as it happens only once, or rarely.  Being Authorised might be simple enough for small firms - but getting Authorised has its fair share of potential pitfalls.  Many firms do indeed attempt to apply to become Authorised without external help or advice.  However, you'll find that this is more often where a firm is large or complex and has a dedicated Compliance Officer.  Even here - professional help is often sought.  The Application itself has a section dedicated to the details of your chosen consultant - i.e. the FCA fully expect most applicants to have resorted to professional guidance for completing the Application.  An Authorisation application for example contains many items that go towards a successful and speedy approval (hopefully) - e.g. Regulatory Business Plan, projections, accounts made up correctly, a Compliance Monitoring Programme, detailed history to help assess fitness and propriety, and not least your satisfactory reasons and motivations for seeking to embark on a regulated activity. 01604 76 22 33 AT NO POINT ARE OUTCOMES GUARANTEED, AS ALL DECISIONS ARE AT THE DISCRETION OF THE FCA REGULATORY PERMISSIONS LIMITED - Companies House No.8194096, Registered in England & Wales