A rugby league stadium will be the venue for a presentation to remind employers that the clock is running down on auto-enrolmentpensions legislation.
More than 20 businesses from the Hull area have already booked their places at the event and more are expected to follow as they prepare for the changes which will make workplace pension enrolment compulsory.
The presentation, led by Hull-based Golding Computer Services in partnership with Hull Adult Education and Hull Training, will also outline other training opportunities which are available to businesses and their employees many of which are bespoke or tailored to the needs of the organisation.
It will take place from 9am on Thursday 30 January at Craven Park Stadium, where club officials are looking forward to welcoming the first business audience to their new north stand function suite.
Vic Golding, Managing Director of Goldings, said the company decided on Craven Park for the half-day event because of its convenience for many local businesses who need to prepare for auto-enrolment.
The programme will include a presentation by John Evans, a national authority on auto-enrolment who, as a former trainer for Sage, is advising businesses around the country on how to fulfil the legal requirements of the new regulations.
John will be providing an easy to understand explanation of how auto enrolment affects every employer, with many helpful hints and tips. He will also demonstrate the pensions facilities and the other features of Sage 50 Payroll 2014 and the new Sage Pension Module.
Vic said: “John has been involved with Sage software since 1995 and is currently delivering auto-enrolment training across the country. We are fortunate that he was available, and that we were able to subsidise the cost of the session.”
Auto-enrolment was introduced two years ago for larger employers and will be rolled out to SMEs from April. The Government has already pushed back the implementation for small firms because of the difficult economic climate. It is unlikely to agree further delays.
Vic added: “There is a view among some employers that they don’t need to do anything yet because auto-enrolment is phased, but it is something they have to do sooner or later so we are providing the training now, delivered by someone who is an expert in this field.
“John visited Hull last year to present our session on real-time information for PAYE and most of the employers who attended that course have booked for this one. It’s an important subject, an ideal venue and we expect demand to be high.”
Hull Adult Education and Hull Training will outline training opportunities which are available to businesses and employees, including Microsoft Office 2010 which is available free of charge and as first aid and health and safety training, both available at a heavily subsidised cost.
Melisa Money, Lead for Employer Engagement, said: “It is important for us to focus on developing new business and new links with local SMEs and other employers.
“I approached Goldings to discuss options for us to link in with their current client base to offer free and subsidised training that would benefit staff and their business alongside the Sage training that Goldings are offering.”
Malcolm Scott, Director of Development for Hull Kingston Rovers, said: “The new function suite is a great success as part of the match day experience and for people coming along for live music nights, entertainment, festival functions and parties.
“The presentation organised by Goldings will be our first business event and is something we want to build on, especially as we are going to be supporting businesses ourselves via the north stand’s Enterprise Centre, Hull Training and Adult Education.”