New website for Leeds-based Workplace Pensions Direct as legal deadlines gets nearer

Pictured are the WPD management team


A company specialising in the automatic enrolment of workplace pensions for small businesses has revamped its website as part of a move to reinforce their legal requirement as the deadlines for the remaining 60 percent of UK employers gets nearer.

Workplace Pensions Direct (WPD), which is based at Thorpe Park, Leeds, was founded in 2013 to simplify the auto enrolment process for small businesses after seeing a gap in the market for a specialist consultancy.

Under the Pensions Act 2008, every employer in the UK must put certain members of staff into a pension scheme and contribute towards it; which is known as automatic enrolment.

This began in October 2012 for staff employed by the biggest businesses, with others being signed up over the following six years. Those who already save in a qualifying workplace pension scheme or are self-employed are not required to sign up.

WPD employed Wetherby-based Vital Technology Group to design the site. Vital has built in step-by-step processes via specific pages for employers and partners, along with a blog offering hints and tips for automatic enrolment.

The employers’ section focuses on what type of schemes are available and who is eligible along with setting up payroll for auto enrolment and completing the declaration of compliance.

Under the advisers’ area there is a section on how to become an association of WPD as well as a library with downloadable documents covering topics such as an automatic enrolment timetable and a project plan covering letter.

Steve Conley, WPD managing director, said: “We provide a comprehensive, end-to-end solution to meet the requirements of the new pension rules and our redesigned website helps to better reflect this.

“In 2017, 879 thousand employers will reach their staging date for auto enrolment so it’s imperative that small business seek help immediately.”


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