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Pensions Auto-enrolment

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Auto-enrolment – Two Options – Prepare or Pay the Fine

Unlike many previous Government legislative changes the new rules apply to all UK employers regardless of their size, and all businesses will therefore be affected at some point leading up to April 2017.

All employers have been given a staging date – this is the date by which they are required to auto-enrol eligible jobholders into a qualifying workplace pension scheme. The recommended lead in time to get pension in place is 6 months.

You can find you’re staging date at www.thepensionsregulator.gov.uk – just enter your PAYE reference number (this can be found on your P35).

There is misconception that Auto-enrolment is just about setting up a pension scheme, but that is only a very small part of it. The biggest challenge for employers will be the ongoing monitoring, reporting, record keeping and compliance associated with auto-enrolment whilst also ensuring that all employees are being treated correctly and are communicated with appropriately every time they run their payroll.

For you as the employer, there are 33 new duties and responsibilities you must fulfil and the Pension Regulator has issued more than 250 pages of guidance notes to help you!  Ignoring this legislation could result in fines of up to £5,000 a day being levied.

You need to act now if you have 50 or more employees and have not started your preparation.

If you would like more advice please contact Ann Charge at Orchard Financial Management

Has your business been affected by flooding?

If your business has been affected by the recent floods, Maidstone Borough Council would like to help.

They will visit to ensure they are doing all they can to get you back up trading and where applicable inform you of how to claim possible business rate relief.

If you have been affected please click here to let us know and we will pass your details to MBC’s Economic Development Department

Kind Regards,

David Burton

Chairman – Marden Business Forum

House Needed for Flooded Out Family

A 3-4 bed house is needed urgently for a Marden family that have been flooded out.

A minimum of 2 reception rooms (3 preferable) as the husband works from home.

If you have anything at all of this size empty or becoming empty soon, please call 01622 832679

Kind Regards,
Steve Ford
Secretary – Marden Business Forum

Marden Parish Boundary

A Kent County Council provided map of Marden Parish is now available to download from the Marden Business Forum Website:

Marden Parish Boundary Map

Yalding Exemption Permits

It has come to the attention of Kent County Council that some local businesses are having their operations unduly affected by the weight restrictions through Yalding and Collier Street.

As such the council would like to offer exemption permits to allow large vehicles to enter the restriction zone whilst on local business.

Click Here for more information and details on how to apply for a permit.

Latest Road Works

For the latest Road Works in the Maidstone area, click here.  Or for an interactive map of all Kent Road Works, click here


New Marden Business Forum Website

A new committee and a new look for the Marden Business Forum Web Site. [Read more…]