Who we work with
Approaching retirement, you will want to feel confident you have everything in place to live comfortably, free of money worries.
We’ll help you take control of your finances, so that you can enjoy your retirement without the fear of running out of money.
Keeping your wealth in the family
There’s nothing more precious than family. We can help you ensure their financial future is secure and your wealth is protected.
Advice delivered with care - especially for you
When it comes to your money, you want someone who knows what they’re doing. Our accreditations tell you we’re all highly qualified, have many years’ experience and work to the highest professional and ethical standards.
We’re an Accredited Financial Planning Firm™
The Chartered Institute for Securities and Investments (CISI) sets standards of professional excellence and integrity for the Securities, Investment and Financial Planning industry. As one of just 65 Accredited Firms in the UK, we are recognised as leaders in our profession, demonstrating the ultimate in professionalism through the calibre of the service we provide.
We are a Chartered firm
We are one of only 900 firms in the country to be awarded the prestigious title of Chartered Financial Planners by the Chartered Insurance Institute (CII). Being a Chartered firm means that we’re committed to continuing professional development and must follow a demanding Code of Ethics set by the Chartered Insurance Institute (CII).
SOLLA accredited membership
Andrew is an accredited member of the SOLLA Retirement Advice Standard. That means he is fully qualified in delivering specialised advice on complex decisions surrounding investment, annuities, using property to supplement income, later life care and most importantly, looking after you and your family throughout retirement.
Berry & Oak are an accredited member firm listed on the SIFA Professional Directory of Financial Advisers. SIFA Professional are an Affiliate Partner working closely with the Law Society. The SIFA Directory only lists firms which are trusted, free from the influence of third parties and who specialise in working with professional partners.
We committed to the Women in Finance Charter
Berry & Oak is committed to supporting a fair and ethical workplace for all of our colleagues. We will always employ the most suitable person for each job role, irrespective of gender and monitor diversity on applications, however, we are passionate about encouraging more women into our profession, which is generally still predominately male.
PFS Financial Vulnerability Charter
We are signatories of the PFS Financial Vulnerability Charter. You can read the nine statements contained in the Charter which we’re signed to and which underpin our commitment to ensuring all clients in vulnerable circumstances are dealt with ethically, compassionately, empathetically and effectively.
Andrew is featured on VouchedFor, the UK’s leading customer review site for financial advisers, mortgage advisers, solicitors and accountants. You can read reviews Andrew's clients have written about him by clicking on the VouchedFor widget on Andrew's team member page.
Cyber Essentials Certified
Cyber Essentials is an independently verified accreditation, demonstrating and reassuring our clients that we take their cyber security seriously. The process follows a self assessment against five basic security controls, and a qualified assessor verified the information provided.
We’re delighted to have won a number of prestigious financial services awards. We feel it is an incredible achievement just to be shortlisted, particularly when we are often competing on a national stage against significantly larger financial organisations.
To be crowned the winner is very humbling and a testament to all the hard work the Berry & Oak team put in, to best serve our clients, help the profession grow and give back to our local community.View all
CISI Accredited Financial Planning Firm™ of the Year Award 2022
New Model Adviser Firm of the North Award. Winner 2023, 2022, 2021, 2020, 2019, Finalists 2018, 2017
New Model Adviser Top 100 - 2022, 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018
Women in Finance Awards – Financial Adviser of the Year - North East (Sarah Elson). Winner 2022
Yorkshire Financial Awards – Financial Adviser Team of the Year. Winner 2022
Yorkshire Financial Awards – Financial Adviser of the Year (Andrew Elson). Winner 2022
Yorkshire Financial Awards – Director of the Year (Sarah Elson). Winner 2022
Professional Adviser Awards – Tax-Efficient Adviser of the Year. Winner 2021
Professional Adviser Awards – Adviser Firm of the Year – UK. Winner 2020
Professional Adviser Awards – Best Client Engagement (Advisers). Winner 2020, Highly Commended 2022, 2019
Professional Adviser Awards – Professional Adviser Firm of the Year – North East. Winner 2020, 2019, Finalists 2022, 2021
CISI Accredited Financial Planning Firm™ of the Year Award 2019
Yorkshire Financial Awards – Best Employer. Winner 2019
Retirement Planner Awards – Best Individual Pensions Advice Firm of the Year – The North and Scotland. Winner 2019, Finalist 2018
Investment Life & Pensions Moneyfacts Awards – Retirement Adviser of the Year. Highly Commended 2018
Ready to talk?
If you want to know more about getting the most out of your finances for your retirement, investing or estate planning, please get in touch. You can send us an email or use the direct message box at the bottom of this page. Or call us and we can chat through your needs and, if you are ready, make an appointment to better understand how we can help.
Our latest client survey results
of our clients are confident in the technical abilities and knowledge of their adviser
of our clients feel informed and reassured after their annual review meeting
of our clients are extremely likely or very likely to recommend us to others
Andrew has made us aware of all aspects of the planning process in ways easy to understand and in a way that is never rushed or shrouded with jargon. His work has been very thorough with attention to every detail. He has been an invaluable source of help and advice, and we look forward to maintaining contact for many years to come. Andrew was recommended to us, and we in turn recommend him as an excellent Financial Adviser and Planner, with good advice, good knowledge and a genuinely caring approach to his clients.
Mr & Mrs J LytheLeeds
We really feel part of a "family". This is due to the care and consideration you have both shown to us over the years. You show a concern not only to our financial needs, but also taking into account the history of our family, and where the future for them may be! This is what makes you as a "partnership" very, very special to us.
Dr & Mrs K PeacockGrimsby
Andrew… explained everything in an easy-to-understand way. The one-hour meeting went on for almost three hours but because it was so interesting the time flew by.
Mr & Mrs P McCluskeyPontefract
New ideas raised and options offered which I would not have thought of. Friendly approach with great comfort in being able to raise any matters.
Dr N KitchenMaltby
Andrew cares about us and our family's wellbeing. He offers a personal service that suits our needs and tailors our financial planning accordingly. He is incredibly knowledgeable but has an ability to describe complex issues in a straightforward way. He has completely sorted out our financial situation and we don't know how we would manage without him.
Mrs K TunstallOtley
Keeping your wealth in the family
I have known Andrew a long time, but more recently he has been acting as my Financial Adviser. In this time he has provided some very useful information, insights, options and advice on key financial decisions. His style is always supportive, tailored and unhurried. I feel he is one of a few advisers I can trust.
Mr R MountainWarrington
I have used Andrew for over ten years now. He knows the business very well and presents all possible options to allow you to decide for yourself the best fit solution. He is friendly and freely gives advice without making you feel pressured. I would have no hesitation in recommending him for investment advice.
Mr N HopwoodWakefield
Andrew was extremely professional and guided us through the maze that is the financial world. He took the time to really understand our position, explained very clearly a number of options and the implications of each. Most importantly everything was conducted in a clear manner, helping us make the decisions.
Mr & Mrs M ErwinWetherby
I wanted to say a big thank you for the way you have guided us through the whole process. We have really appreciated your patience, clear explanations, lack of judgement about how we have saved so little so far, and your grounded approach. It has made what could have been a very confusing and uncertain process, seem far less intimidating. It’s been a pleasure "working" with you.
Mr & Mrs C CardenLeeds
Andrew was very welcoming and immediately easy to get along with. His professionalism stood out and we were quite confident that we had made the correct choice for dealing with our financial affairs. We are looking forward to a long and rewarding relationship.