I attended the 2013 Cairngorms Business Conference in the Aviemore Resort Conference Centre last week and what a worthwhile event it was. Calvert Financial Solutions were there primarily to present at the People in your Business workshop sessions run in conjunction with Business Gateway.
I delivered an update on the current pension reforms specifically around the impact on SME employers of pension auto enrolment. Whilst most business owners are now aware of the legislation many are still unsure as to when it will actually affect them, however it was good to hear many delegates now embracing the idea and initiating action.
The new rules aim to increase private pension provision for low/medium earners and mean that eventually (by October 2018) all employers must have in place a qualifying workplace pension scheme and automatically enrol their employees into it. The largest employers will be first followed by medium sized employers and ending with the smallest employers.
The feedback was good and I look forward to providing all those in attendance with our Auto Enrolment Initial Assessment report which confirms what employers need to do and by when.
The conference also provided, courtesy of Richard Scothorne from Rocket Science, hugely interesting research data into the key drivers for the Cairngorms economy. This information contributes to the ongoing formation of the local emerging Economic Development and Diversification Strategy. Overall it was another reminder of the delicate balance which persists in North Scotland and the Highlands and Islands
The day was co-ordinated expertly from the main stage by Cairngorms Business Partnership CEO Alan Rankin and Chair Kevin Roach. It was then finished off by a highly entertaining and thought provoking session from former Scottish rugby coach Frank Hadden.
The annual Cairngorms Business Conference should be added to all local businesses calendars as a must attend event.