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From King to Gates with AE, mobile web supremacy, Einstein and Warhol in between

January 16, 2014
“We must use time creatively”
“Life’s most persistent and urgent question; what are you doing for others?” both from Martin Luther King born 15/1/1929 – the opening comments at the Bristol Business Network lunch on 15/1/14.
Peter Prater – The Payroll Department  hosted the seminar before lunch  – which detailed what businesses need to know about the mechanics of A.E and what they (you) need to do.   A real case of something being done for others!  Covering the the responsibilities, staging dates, postponements, contributions, qualifying earnings, opting out, opting in, net pay agreements, relief at source, The Pensions Regulator, NEST, NOW and much more!
There was much debate from those attending covering AWR, temporary workers the demographic impact of the baby boomers, the 10% opt out that has been experienced so far, the positive attitudes of the younger people working today, the poor way in which AE has been communicated…..
Any aspect of a business that can be outsourced to allow the owners and directors to concentrate on fee earning and driving the business forward needs to be done and Auto enrolment is no different – The Payroll Department will support by offering
  1. The initial assessment of your workforce (that can be a workforce of 1 upwards!)
  2. Continual assessment of your workforce at agreed dates
  3. Provision of communication items for the workforce
  4. Enrol eligible staff into the compliant pension scheme
  5. Provide data for pension provider
  6. Provide continual assessment for new starters
  7. Provide support with re-enrolment after 3 years
Who’d have thought AE was so easy!
For those that missed the seminar Peter is hosting a webinar is on 13/2/14 – contact Peter directly to reserve your place                   0117 935 3900
The networking lunch was full of conversations – each person presenting their business to those around their table as well as doing a 30 second presentation about the person’s business to their left.
There was even a sharing of New Year’s resolutions from “saving more businesses” – “working to a 12 week year” (a super article here from Oliver Burkeman in The Guardian) – “playing classical guitar” – “achieving more by doing less” – “thinking outside the box”


Thank you to Daniel Collings of GWS Media for a fabulous 10 minutes “2014: Preparing your business for mobile web supremacy”– full of great insight, data, quotes and a clear reason for looking at our web presence and how it adapts (or not ) to the ever increasing audience use of mobile technology.  With quotes from Einstein, (we love Einstein!), Warhol, flexible (bendy) phones, statistics and a range of tools that can help any business Daniel really showcased what expert help and support can do!
Daniel talked about the future and change and ensuring that you have a responsive website- one that works on mobile devices as accessing the internet on mobile devices  has overtaken PC’s.  Summed up in Einstein’s quotes “I never think about the future – it comes soon enough…” and “The measure of intelligence is the ability to change.” and Warhol’s “They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself”

Daniel’s Mobile Web Toolkit is  HERE

Whether it was the level of conversation or the fact that everyone was so engaged or was it the lack of signal!
With Daniels generous donation 
Following the poor IT integration

There’s a duty of mine

For a little bit of your time

To tell you I must

Some more about The Jessie May Trust
The Jessie May Trust – Created by a family for families*
*Jessica May died at home aged 4 1/2 months surrounded by her family and supported by a team of nurses. Her parents created Jessie May to ensure that every child who is not expected to reach adulthood receives nursing care within the home. Since 1996 we have been providing this care, free of charge, in Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire.
The search is on for Joe Bloggs***
Preview for the next event 12/2/14 is here – the members invitation will be sent out by the end of the week!
Businesses not currently represented in Bristol Business Network
Accountants, serviced offices, Health and beauty, cosmetics, florists, photographers, manufacturing, logistics/courier, hire, consumer goods, hair dressers/barbers; landscape/gardening/horticulture, architects, Printing company, taxi, cleaning contractors domestic & commercial, building supplies, travel agents/consultants, butchers, bakers and candle stick makers and someone called Joe Bloggs!**– to name a few!
Finally the Bill Gates quote (courtesy of Nigel Wilkinson – Exeter Business Network member – sent to me in reply to a table host request!)
Have a great day and fabulous month and see you on 12/2/14
Best regards
Sean Humby – Director
Office  – 01981 540708 Mobile – 07807 941927
#BNSW      Follow seanhumby on Twitter
*** If you introduce someone called Joe Bloggs who is a decision maker in a business – they come to an event and join then I will give you 12 months membership free!
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