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Newsletter: February 2014

Newsletter: February 2014
3rd March 2014
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MBF News & Events – February 2014

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Flooding Support

If you have been affected by flooding, there is support available.

Maidstone Borough Council and Kent County Council have provided details of where you as business owners can get support. Full details are available though the MBF website: www.mardenbusinessforum.com/flooding-support

Pensions – Auto-enrolment

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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 on 01622 833142 / 07860813959 or email at ann.charge@yahoo.co.uk

Our Next Event

The next MBF Members event will be held on 26th March 2014, commencing 6pm at the Mockingbird Tea Rooms, Staplehurst.

The event will be held jointly with the South Maidstone Business Association. The guest speaker for the evening will be Helen Topliss, Business Advisor at Mid Kent College.

If you would like to attend, please RVSP to: event@mardenbusinessforum.com

West End Tavern Event

Our last event held on 20thFebruary at The West End Tavern, with a superb supper!

John Sauvage – the owner of Pierson Stewart & Partners Veterinary Hospital gave a fascinating talk and some humorous stories of how Vet Practice has changed from the days of James Herriot.

John Sauvage

Visit the website for a selection of pictures from the event: www.mardenbusinessforum.com/west-end-tavern-20th-february-2014

Big Trailer Needed!

The Parish Council are organising a village litter pick on the morning of Saturday 22nd March, but we are looking for somebody with a big trailer to collect the bags of rubbish from around the parish and take to a central point.

Can you help? If so, please contact Anne Boswell: anne.boswell@ymail.com

News for the Village – February 2014

Join the Marden Neighbourhood Watch

Marden Neighbourhood Watch

Public meeting, Tuesday 18th March

Residents are invited to attend a public meeting at 6:30pm in the John Banks Hall of the Marden Memorial Hall in Goudhurst Road, Marden, to find out more about getting involved with the Watch.

More information is available on the Business Forum website:

First Health Fair Comes to Marden

Marden has a relatively new “Patient Reference Group” at the Medical Centre which gives patients a voice and supports the practice in running surveys, mentoring and other schemes.

Their most ambitious plan so far is to run (with MBF help) a Health Fair on 26th April, at the Memorial Hall inviting dozens of local groups and charities involved in Health, Wellbeing, care, diet exercise etc.

Details available at the evolving website;

Did you know?

There are sections on the website to promote events that you, the Forum Members are running:

There is also a section for Village Events too: www.mardenbusinessforum.com/village-events/

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