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Exclusive sets up office in Belfast

Exclusive Connections is setting up a branded office in Belfast. Managing director Matthew Arena says: “The Northern Ireland market is growing and the timing of the launch will benefit NI brokers and their clients.”

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DCLG launches new housing agency

The government has unveiled proposals for a new agency to deliver regeneration and housing in a major shake-up of the way it supports the delivery of new homes and develops mixed, sustainable communities in England.The proposed agency – Communities England – will bring together the functions of English Partnerships, the Housing Corporation, and a range […]

Intermediaries are not gay-friendly

Lenders are considerably more gay-friendly than brokers when it comes to employment, according to a survey by Stonewall, the gay, lesbian and bisexual lobby group.

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Guide: how to… communicate with your pension members

Effective communication of your pension scheme is a large part of getting auto-enrolment right. Delivering the same message to all employees is not necessarily the way to go. To assist you with the communication of your pension scheme, we have provided some key areas to think about, such as:

  • What to consider when segmenting your workforce
  • How to communicate to pension scheme members at the right time in their member lifecycle
  • What topics you should be discussing with your pension members
  • The new pension freedoms and the importance of communicating them