Heron Foods appoints Ink as employee benefits adviser

Heron Foods appoints Ink as employee benefits adviser

Heron Foods Ltd, the East Yorkshire-based frozen foods retailer, has a workforce of 3,000 people across the UK. We are delighted to announce that, after an in-depth review of their advisers, Heron Foods has appointed The Ink Group to provide advisory, broking and administrative services to their range of employee benefits. Ink will provide its Benefit Tracker service to the… Read more
Autumn Statement Highlights for HR, Payroll and Employee Benefits

Autumn Statement Highlights for HR, Payroll and Employee Benefits

Philip Hammond delivered his first Autumn Statement on 23rd November. There were many talking points, but we’ve highlighted those that may be of interest from an Employee Benefits, HR and Payroll perspective: The National Living Wage will increase to £7.50 per hour from April 2017. The earnings at which Employer and Employee National Insurance threshold will be aligned to £8,164… Read more
Life at Ink – Mina Patel (Account Manager)

Life at Ink – Mina Patel (Account Manager)

If you’ve read Mina’s profile on our team page you’ll know that she is one of our original employees and, therefore, a real ‘cornerstone’ of our team. What you won’t know from reading Mina’s profile is that when we offered Mina a job she was pregnant with her second daughter and this was a fact she didn’t try to conceal. … Read more
Life at Ink – Agnieszka Holubik (Account Manager)

Life at Ink – Agnieszka Holubik (Account Manager)

Agnieszka joined our team in March 2016, having competed with a strong bank of candidates for a trainee Account Manager role in HR.  Agnieszka demonstrated to us that she was bright, enthusiastic, happy to ‘muck in’, and not fazed by the weight and variety of client calls we receive on a daily basis. In a short period of time, Agnieszka’s… Read more
A “beefed-up” Pensions Regulator on the horizon?

A “beefed-up” Pensions Regulator on the horizon?

The Pensions Regulator is looking to gain more power to deal with the problem of final salary schemes being vastly underfunded and, in the case of BHS, going into the Pension Protection Fund (PPF). In recent evidence to a Parliamentary inquiry, the Regulator set out its desire to have a greater role in investigating high-risk schemes and to run more… Read more
The Ink Group agrees Private Medical Insurance deal with AXA PPP

The Ink Group agrees Private Medical Insurance deal with AXA PPP

The Ink Group is delighted to announce a new strategic partnership with AXA PPP Healthcare, one of the leading Private Medical Insurance providers in the UK. AXA PPP will act as the default provider for new schemes brought to the UK market by Ink, as well as the default benchmark for existing insured schemes. Whilst Ink Employee Benefits Ltd remains… Read more
Family Leave: don’t let a friendly policy backfire

Family Leave: don’t let a friendly policy backfire

Poor old Network Rail.  Once upon a time it championed the cause of the working mother and, to prove it, paid significantly over and above the statutory level for maternity pay.  And then came Shared Parental Leave: a vehicle designed in some respects to redress the gender imbalance of child-caring and to enable professional mothers a quicker return to work… Read more

First Aid – it’s more than a tick in the box

We sent our Account Manager, Agnieszka, on a refresher First Aid course recently and asked her what she thought of the experience.  Was it just a process to be got through?  Was it just a tick in the box?  Not at all!  Here’s what she told us when we asked her more about it … Q: What’s the most significant… Read more
Commission is dead, long live commission!

Commission is dead, long live commission!

From April 2016, workplace pensions no longer pay commission to advisers. This means corporate advisers have had to negotiate fees with their clients to manage their company pension scheme. With the advent of Auto Enrolment, and the automatic process of enrolling employees, the role of the adviser can seem surplus to requirements. New employees no longer need to be “signed… Read more
Employee Benefits for High Earners

Employee Benefits for High Earners

Employee Benefits for High Earners We are seeing increased demand from our clients to help them understand the range of options that they have for rewarding higher earners. For the purposes of this blog we’ll define a high earner as anyone who has reached, or will shortly reach, the Lifetime Allowance figure of £1m in their pension pot. This… Read more