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Helping employers prepare for auto-enrolment

The law on workplace pensions has changed and every employer must comply. It is important that you start planning today to ensure a smoother transition when the time comes to enrol your staff. This page offers guidance and tools to help you start the auto-enrolment planning process. For any further information or advice please feel free to  contact us.

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How Sterling North can help.

Sterling North are an independent financial advisor firm based in Buckinghamshire. The advice given is based on the whole of market, which means we can find the best suited option for you and your business. Our advisors have all met strict regulatory requirements, proven to have a high level of understanding through examination and have many years of experience in the financial services sector. At Sterling North your allocated advisor will guide you through every step; from initial consultation and face to face meetings & workshops with employees to analysis and implementation of the best suited scheme, you will receive a plain speaking service, that is both time efficient and cost effective.

What services are available?

Regardless to how big or small your business is; Sterling North will work with you to produce a tailored solution that best meets both yours and the regulatory requirements. Some of the services available include:

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  • Free consultation.
  • Analysis of existing pension scheme (if applicable).
  • Recommendation of pension schemes available including NEST.
  • Face to face meetings with Staff.
  • Implementation of scheme.
  • Liaise with payroll.
  • Deal with all administration.
  • Yearly review/workshop for all employees.
  • Direct Access to an Independent Financial Advisor for all members.

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Sterling North Ltd is regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). Our highly qualified advisors are professional, hardworking and 100% trustworthy. As Independent financial advisors we are here to work for you; not being tied into any products or services means that we can offer advice from the whole of market. At Sterling North we pride ourselves on our ability to build a strong working relationship with our clients, we do this through providing honest, straight talking advice based around your needs and requirements. In addition to helping you meet your auto-enrolment needs, we are also able to cover additional areas such as personal pensions, savings & investments, mortgages, life insurance, protection and inheritance tax (IHT) planning. The initial consultation is usually free and any costs will be explained up front. There is no rush to proceed, you are encouraged to take your time, and consider all the options that we have recommended. There are no pushy sales or hidden fees and anything you are unsure about will be explained in a jargon free manner. If you would like to know more about us please feel free to contact us.

Auto-enrolment: More than two million are in!

Update from the regulator, Monday 16 December 2013.

More than two million workers have begun saving into a workplace pensions scheme as a result of automatic enrolment, according to figures released today by The Pensions Regulator. Automatic enrolment began in October 2012 and is rolling out from the largest to the smallest employers across the UK. All employers, including charities and the public sector, will eventually need to assess their workforce and automatically enrol eligible workers into a pension scheme. This month’s automatic enrolment registration report shows that more than 3,500 employers have now joined the workplace pensions revolution and submitted an online declaration of compliance by completing registration with The Pensions Regulator. View the automatic enrolment monthly registration report in research and analysis. Hundreds of staff at the charity the British Heart Foundation have been automatically enrolled, helping push the figure past the two million landmark.

Pensions Minister Steve Webb said:

“It is great news that automatic enrolment is beginning to make a positive difference to the retirement prospects of workers. The changes to workplace pensions being introduced now are set to help millions more people to achieve many happy new years in the future.

“Over 3,500 employers so far are helping us to create a fairer society by ensuring that pensions are no longer the preserve of the few. And the message to employers is make sure you’re ready for the date your workforce joins the two million already in.”

Simon Gillespie, chief executive of the British Heart Foundation said:

“Looking after our hardworking staff is important to us. They help power our search for the scientific breakthroughs to stop people’s lives being permanently scarred by heart disease. The roll out of automatic enrolment has helped many of them begin saving for the future.”

The new year will see a leap in the number of firms affected, with tens of thousands of medium employers introducing automatic enrolment. The Pensions Regulator is urging all employers to make sure they know when they must introduce the changes, or ‘stage’.

Charles Counsell, executive director of automatic enrolment at The Pensions Regulator said:

“If they have not done it already I would hope the first thing every employer does when they get back to work after the Christmas break is to check their staging date and prepare for automatic enrolment. The clock is ticking and if employers don’t plan ahead they could face unnecessary challenges and costs in the new year.

“It’s really important to arrange your pension provision in plenty of time. We urge employers to have an agreement with a provider in place six months before staging. Don’t just assume the first provider you contact will be able to help you.”

Employers who have staged, including the catering company Elior and the retailer Kingfisher, have been keen to advise others, who have yet to automatically enrol, to allow plenty of time to plan for automatic enrolment.

To find out more information on work place pensions and auto-enrolment please visit the pensions regulator