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Workplace pension surgery: your questions answered

stethoscope_0Auto enrolment pension legislation affects every employer and we know it’s causing business owners a bit of a headache. In fact, a recent survey carried out by the FSB found that almost half (45%) of its members were confused about the rules and their responsibilities under the rules.

So we thought we’d give business owners in the South West a chance to get their pension questions answered by experts in free one-to-one sessions. The event is taking place on Friday 15 April, between 10am and 3pm, at Bristol Golf Centre. See below for full details.

“I like to think of it a bit like Embarrassing Bodies for pensions. This is your chance to get an answer to those questions on auto enrolment that have been irritating you for months, but you didn’t know who to ask,” says Steve Brice, Business Development Manager for LP Auto Enrolment Services.

“It doesn’t matter what stage of the process you’re at; whether you’re at the start of your journey and know nothing or you’ve already started but are stuck on one point in your project. Everyone is welcome to come along. We aim to give you three simple actions to take away. This will help you work out the next steps to take,” says Steve.

The workplace pension doctors

The experts on hand to answer your questions are:

hayleyHayley Whitten MCIPP, Director Biznus Payroll Ltd, payroll and workplace pension outsourcing. Hayley can explain how to set up a pension scheme, how to make sure you comply with the rules and communicate with staff, and how to integrate the scheme with your payroll. She can also talk about the ongoing assessment of your workforce.

Duncan ReevesDuncan Reeves, Employee Benefit Specialist, Sanlam Wealth Planning, independent  financial advisers who are experts in workplace pensions. Duncan can talk to you about the importance of choosing the right pension as part of your remuneration package and give tips on choosing the scheme to suit your needs.

Steve BriceSteve Brice, Business Development Manager, LP Auto Enrolment Solutions, workplace pension compliance service. Steve can talk about how to define your workforce, member enrolment and communications as well as how to choose a scheme to suit your workforce. A good relationship with The Pensions Regulator means Steve is well versed in the views and approach applied to non-compliance with the legislation.

Alex Rowson, Technical Director, Qtac Solutions, payroll software providers. Alex can alex-rowson1discuss the importance of using auto-enrolment friendly software as a key element in the smooth running of your workplace pension scheme. As well as general questions on automatic enrolment best practice for payroll.

The event is organised by the Friends of Auto Enrolment and The Chartered Institute of Payroll Professionals (CIPP) and sponsored by workplace pension providers NEST, NOW: Pensions, Aviva and The People’s Pension.

How to book your place

We can offer you a free 20-minute one-to-one session with one of our experts so please book ahead through the CIPP online or by phone to guarantee your place. Please give as much information as possible about your query/questions so that we can match you with the expert best placed to answer your question on the day.

If you don’t have a question but your staging date is getting close and you want to find out what the pension providers can offer a small business, then please feel free to book to come along and browse the stands.

Follow the booking process online or by phone and then drop by between 10am and 3pm and take a look at the information available.

Book online via the CIPP website. You’ll need to register your details before you can book. Or call 0121 712 1000.

The surgery is taking place at the Bristol Golf Centre, Common Mead Lane, Hambrook, Bristol, BS16 1QQ. Please ask for the conference facilities when you arrive.

The centre is located less than 60 seconds from Junction 1 M32 and two minutes from Junction 19 M4. There is ample free parking as well as complimentary tea and coffee.

Please note: Our experts are unable to give individual financial advice or provide a specific pension recommendation on the day.