Tarmac employees at its Solihull-based headquarters have kicked off a nationwide focus on pension awareness, with a visit from Scottish Widows and the Pension Awareness Day tour bus. The event for Tarmac colleagues is part of a wider campaign by the company to support its employees in planning for retirement and actively managing their pensions.
A team of experts from Scottish Widows – Tarmac’s main pension provider – together with the Pension Geeks were on site on 25 September to share advice and useful information on pensions. On board – in addition to the experts answering colleagues’ pension questions – there was a range of fun activities, including giveaways and interactive games, all of which were aimed at helping people get to grips with their future retirement plans.
James Roberts, Head of Employee Benefits at Tarmac said: “We’re absolutely committed to supporting employees in planning for their retirement and making their pensions work as hard as possible. A lot of people can find pensions a bit complicated and ‘scary’, and so don’t always pay as much attention to them as they would their bank accounts. We’re putting a range of services in place to support colleagues in making educated decisions about their pension savings. The visit from Scottish Widows is part of our approach, and we’d like to thank them for spending the day with us.”
Robert Cochran, Senior Corporate Pensions Specialist at Scottish Widows, said: “It was a pleasure meeting and helping so many of Tarmac’s colleagues to better understand their pension. Through this tour, we want to help people find out what action they need to take to achieve the happy retirement they want. We’re looking forward speaking with more Tarmac colleagues as we visit a number of its offices across the UK.”
Jonathan Bland, ‘Head Nerd’ at Pension Geeks, said:“A few years ago I didn’t have a clue about my pension, or indeed pensions in general – it led me to think there must be thousands more people in the same boat. That’s why we started doing this and we’ve really enjoyed being here at Tarmac’s offices and helping their employees, too. We want to plug that knowledge gap and get people to understand how it all works to help them to be better prepared for retirement.”
Visit http://www.pensionawarenessday.com/ for more information. Those who can’t visit the bus during its tour can play Scottish Widows’ ‘Pension Personality Profiling game’ on its website. The game offers a fun way of finding out what kind of pension saver you are and offers some handy tips on how you could save more for your future.
Tarmac’s Pensions team will also be working with all colleagues across the business to share this important information.