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Information on employee benefits related developments

The storm clouds of debt…

The financial crisis of the last decade now seems like a distant memory, overtaken in the media headlines by the (many) political changes of the last few years, and of…

women in construction

Women in construction: are companies missing out?

The building and construction industry contributes over £92 million1  to the UK economy, but currently suffers from a serious lack of gender diversity. Just 11%2  of the workforce is made up…

Going Up: The State Pension Age

The Department for Work and Pension yesterday announced an acceleration of the timetabled increases to the State Pensions Age (SPA) in the UK. The new timetable will impact those born between 6th April 1970…

Life expectancy and retirement planning…

Yesterday the national media provided widespread coverage of the the latest statistics regarding UK life expectancy. The main findings from the Marmot Indicators Briefing in this respect were as follows: Improvements in life…

Could new H&S performance measurements affect your back pocket? Health and safety is about to get personal.

Health and safety is now a standard part of the modern business world.  The benefits to your business are well known, these can include: risk reduction, increased productivity, reduced insurance…

William McNamara

From farming to a five star resort

William McNamara OBE, is CEO of Bluestone National Park Resort, a 5* holiday destination on the stunning Pembrokeshire coast. He’s also the brain behind Oakwood theme park, which he turned…

Employment, unemployment, and employers…

Recent official employment figures from Her Majesty’s Government are rather impressive.  According to this Office for National Statistics release on the 14th June 2017: The UK unemployment rate was 4.6%,…

The final straw?

On the 1st June 2017 the standard rate of Insurance Premium Tax (IPT) was once again increased by HM Government in the UK. The new rate of 12% is double the…

The Queen’s Speech & Employee Benefits

This year’s Queen’s Speech comes in the wake of a year of political turmoil for the UK, and as a result it was a rather slimmed-down affair with few purely domestic…

Working Carers: Some top tips for employers…

Last week was National Carers Week in the UK.  This should act as a useful reminder to many employers that they should be actively considering this important demographic within their workforce. As we…