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John Stirzaker

Financial Adviser

Rossendale, Lancashire

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Hi and Welcome

I have been a financial adviser now for nearly 25 years, my career in finance began at the Leeds Permanent Building Society.  Somehow I was hired as a floating Customer Service Adviser even though I couldn’t drive.  I spent a few years cashiering and helping clients with bank accounts, personal loans and mortgages.

After the Leeds and Halifax merged I was recruited as a financial adviser in 1996, the training course was around 12 weeks and was pretty tough with many exams.  Having left school at 16, studying for exams was a shock to the system!

I loved technical drawing at school and in particular engineering drawing which meant visualising an object in three dimensions.  I found that advising clients on their financial plans just made a different use of the ability to view things holistically.  During my employed years I worked all over West Yorkshire and the North West, dealing with clients from all kinds of backgrounds.  I learnt a lot in those early years at the Halifax and subsequently at Alliance & Leicester, HSBC and latterly Skipton, not least the fact that if I was to deliver the service I wanted to that I would have to do it under my own steam. 

So in 2013, I set up my own business.  Initially I worked with a firm but quickly decided I wanted the control of my own destiny, so set up with Positive Solutions and I have never looked back.

Over the years I have seen ups and downs including 9/11, Iraq War, Global Financial Crash and of course COVID-19, events like these have taught me and my clients that investing is a long-term plan and you need to stay the course once you have set out on a journey.

I’m married to Alex and we have two cats MJ and Storm. We love eating out, listening to BBC 6 Music and travelling the world.  When I’m not advising clients and businesses, I love riding my bike (yes those pictures are of me) around the lanes of North Lancashire and the mountains of Europe.  I started riding in 2014 when I took part in a charity ride from London to Paris, this started a love affair that would take me to the Alps in 2018 and to the UCI Gran Fondo World Championships in Poland in 2019 where I finished 205th out of 209 in my age category!

About my service


My aim is to provide you with a personal service based around regular face to face meetings to understand your financial objectives, using the latest cash-flow modelling software I can capture what you have in place already and demonstrate what action is needed to ensure you meet your goals.

With the help of Positive Solutions I can then put in place any products or funds that are needed by making use of the various market places we use.  You can be assured that my knowledge is constantly evolving and being checked to ensure that I deliver an objective, professional and efficient service.