Personal relationships are always the key to good business. You can buy networking, but you can't buy friendships.

- Lindsay Fox

A simple recipe – great speakers, topical issues and a roomful of senior people from across the retail investment sector. Add in plenty of time for members to discuss, debate, share ideas and absorb fresh perspectives. Then create the right environment – a beautiful country house hotel, good food and wine and lots of opportunity to chat, and you have it – The Investment Network.

The Lang Cat is a UK platforms and pensions industry specialist. Fundscape and the Lang Cat collaborate on a variety of consultancy and editorial projects.

The Tax Incentivised Savings Association (TISA) is an industry-funded body working with the retail financial services industry, political parties, HM Treasury (HMT), HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) and the Financial Services Authority (FSA) to enhance and improve the range, features, benefits, promotion and quality of savings and investment schemes available to all UK citizens.

MackayWilliams is a London-based mutual fund analysis and research company specialising in all aspects of the domestic, pan-European and cross-border fund markets. Fund Buyer Focus and Fund Radar are its products. Fundscape and MackayWilliams collaborate on a variety of consultancy and publishing projects.

The Investment Association is the trade association for the investment management industry in the UK. It has almost 200 members, accounting for over 90% of the UK industry. Its role is to represent the interests of the industry to government and regulators in the UK and internationally, and to promote high standards within the industry.

gbi² advises asset managers, advisers and distributors on investment marketing. That covers proposition design, strategy and tactical planning, and product development.

Developed by a team of leading fund and asset management insiders, Fund Radar is a monthly publication reporting on fund management trends in Europe. Each monthly issue of Fund Radar is in two parts, the concise First Sight and the in-depth Second Sight. Together they give you a rounded, multi-layered and authoritative view of the investment direction of Europe’s fund buyers.

Fund Buyer Focus is Europe’s leading expert on market perception. It offers reporting and consulting services that provide third-party retail fund suppliers with detailed information about how the major fund distributors perceive them and how this perception translates into business.

Financial-Clarity is a suite of business intelligence tools for the UK financial services industry by Matrix Solutions. It features three component parts: a data hub ofaggregate market sales data from financial product providers and platforms in the UK, the Matrix Financial Intermediary Database (MFID) and a web-based interface providing analysis of own sales and aggregated market intelligence that can be integrated with systems and CRM software. is an on-the-fly, dynamic platform pricing calculator and comparison tool for both advisers and end-consumers — the only tool of its kind in the UK. It takes users through a series of simple questions about their investment requirements and then compares fees and services for investment platforms in the UK.