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Who we are and what we do

Market Wide is a Southampton based company offering a comprehensive range of financial services for clients located across south central England. 

Our expertise encompasses mortgages and life assurance, savings and investments and pension planning, and our reputation for delivering the highest level of personal service has resulted in the most of our new business coming from personal and professional referrals.

We are able to access residential, commercial (this will be by referral only), buy-to-let and other mortgage products from a broad panel of lenders and work hard to find the most appropriate for each client’s needs from the most suitable available on the market. We provide a similarly tailored approach to securing protection products including life assurance, critical illness and income protection, all protection advice is also from a panel of lenders.

Our investment services also stand out from the rest. We can offer access to exclusive rates through our network Quilter Financial Planning.

As a company, we are also able to refer our clients to specialist advisers within the Quilter Financial Planning Network who deal with equity release and occupational pension schemes.

Buy to let mortgages and commercial mortgages are not regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.


John Barnard CeMAP CeLTM CeLTCI DipFA

Director & Principal Financial Adviser

John moved into financial services in 1992, working for seven years as a ‘Man from the Pru’. In 1999 John helped to launch a new financial adviser practice with the same commitment to providing a personal and friendly home-based service. In 2001 this business became The Partnership (Southampton) Limited and now uses the trading style of Market Wide. Today, John specialises in our high net worth clients and offering expert advice on inheritance tax planning and long term care. Away from the office John is a keen cricketer who has played for different Southern League teams over the years.

Inheritance tax planning is not regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

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Barry Blankley DipFA

Director & Principal Financial Adviser

Barry started in financial services in 1987 and spent the next 13 years at the Prudential, the last five at management level. He met John (Barnard) when they worked together at the Pru and joined The Partnership (Southampton) Limited as a Director in 2001. Barry takes a holistic approach to his clients’ financial planning and has a particular specialism in retirement planning and investments as well as servicing his clients’ protection needs. Prior to 1987 Barry played professional football for Southampton, Aldershot and Southend.

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Alison Howie CeMAP

Senior Mortgage & Protection Adviser

Alison Howie has been with Market Wide since 2007. She is a CeMAP qualified Mortgage and Protection Adviser with more than 35 years of experience in providing mortgage advice, having previously worked as a Branch Manager for the Woolwich Building Society. Alison’s significant industry experience means she always has a full case load, with most new clients being referred to her by people she has already helped to secure a mortgage in the past.

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