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Cardiff based Careercake.com secures over £300,000 in latest round of funding

Cardiff-based online learning platform, Careercake, has secured over £300,000 in its latest funding round. The round has been led by existing investor the Development Bank of Wales, with additional funding from a consortium of angels including Sunnybarn Investments founded by…

Why ‘lavish’ public sector pensions can’t last for ever

It’s reported that, on average, public sector workers receive a pension three times larger than those in the private sector upon retirement. Stuart Price explains why he thinks this anomaly will change. Stuart, Partner and Actuary at Quantum Advisory, said:…

Employers cite improved health, wellbeing, productivity and morale among advantages to workplace eye care

New research from Specsavers Corporate Eyecare reveals that employers believe improved health, wellbeing, productivity and morale are the biggest advantages of offering eye care. The study asked over 500 HR decision makers what they thought were the advantages to offering…

Why the Health Minister’s announcement is a wake-up call for UK employers

John Dean, Commercial Director, Punter Southall Health and Protection explains why UK employers need to take a closer look at the role they can play in employee health – and where they should be focusing their benefits strategy Yesterday, Health…

Pension communications – time to talk better?

Communicating effectively  with employees is a key part of the HR role, yet even the CIPD acknowledge that employees often feel they get limited or no communication.  In some areas of HR, it’s harder than others to obtain engagement. Pensions…

Budget ‘good news for pensions’ says specialist Law Firm Sackers

Sacker & Partners LLP (Sackers), the UK’s leading specialist law firm for pensions and retirement savings, reacted positively to yesterday’s Government’s Budget statement. Lucy Dunbar, partner at Sackers, commented: “The budget should be seen as a “good news” story for…

Smarterly appoints Research Fellow Michael Johnson as Corporate Affairs and Policy Advisor

Smarterly, the workplace savings platform that uses artificial intelligence to design and monitor investment portfolios for employees, has appointed Michael Johnson as Advisor, Corporate Affairs and Policy. After running David Cameron’s Economic Competitive Policy Group, Michael became a Research Fellow…

Employee benefits; why are we still being charged implementation fees?

Nick Kjelgaard, Zest Benefits questions why some tech providers charge huge fees for implementing benefits technology  When I look back at my time in software in the benefits/engagement industry I can see that the days of bespoke implementation should really now…

Prevention vs cure: The benefits to employers in shifting their healthcare focus

In the UK we face unique challenges in healthcare – with rates of obesity and depression, to name just two, topping worldwide comparison lists. But many of the healthcare challenges we face are avoidable. The Health Insurance Group is calling on…

Big earners stuffing pension contributions as Budget pension cuts loom

The Telegraph has today reported that savers appear to be making a ‘last-minute dash’ to top up pension savings as fears grow that Chancellor Philip Hammond will cut the generous tax perks afforded to pensions. They report that cash flowing…