Many people do get recommendations from colleagues, friends and family and the resources of checking the adviser is registered with the FCA is always an essential credentials check. But also people should check with their employer as some will have a preferred list of advisers that they have already vetted to add them to the panel. In additon, the companies financial education provider, pension provider or EBC may also provide financial advice and the advantage in using these is that they will already by fully aware of the companies benefits.