A NEW independent financial planning business has launched in Otley.

Financial Framework Wealth & Estate Planning, led by Simon Jones, offers advice to both individuals and businesses across a range of services including investment advice, wealth management, retirement planning, tax planning and employee benefits. They also offer expertise in the mortgage market and general insurance.

Mr Jones was a founding director of the Paramount Group, which was set up in November 2004 in Birstall. The business included the 'Elements' brand that provided financial advice for women. That business was sold to a large national, Towergate in September 2008.