Auto enrolment on the agenda

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(L-R): Speakers Stephen Rowntree, Stephen Gainey, Margaret Hawken and Stephen Watson
(L-R): Speakers Stephen Rowntree, Stephen Gainey, Margaret Hawken and Stephen Watson

A Cornish accountancy firm hosted its second auto enrolment seminar last Friday, targeting SMEs across Cornwall after findings published in a recent report by The Pensions Regulator.

Robinson Reed Layton, the Truro-based chartered accountant and tax adviser, was joined by The Pensions Regulator and independent financial planner, Watson French, for the seminar at The Alverton, in Truro.

The latest employer survey undertaken by The Pensions Regulator claimed that most small businesses are not ready for their auto enrolment staging date, prompting Robinson Reed Layton to host the seminar in order to prepare and support local businesses through the process.

The event included an explanation of pension reform and the auto enrolment process from Stephen Rowntree for The Pensions Regulator, alongside a presentation on ‘Auto Enrolment – Embracing the Elephant in the Room’ and ‘My Auto Enrolment’ from Stephen Watson, MD of Watson French.

The event finished with a presentation from Margaret Hawken on the range of payroll and auto enrolment administration services offered by Robinson Reed Layton.

Robinson Reed Layton partner, Stephen Gainey: “The next 18 months will be the ‘rush hour’ for setting up auto enrolment schemes. More employers will be required to comply during this period than before, and by April 2018, all employers will have had to set up auto enrolment schemes, and enrolled their employees.

“I feel the expertise and insider knowledge communicated during the seminar addressed potential pitfalls about the process while giving advice and insight, enabling businesses to face auto enrolment with confidence.”