Backhouse Jones pushes ahead with early auto enrolment

Backhouse Jones, legal specialists in the logistics and transport industry, turned to Taylor Patterson when they were looking for professional advice to guide them through the auto enrolment process.

Backhouse Jones is steeped in history and whilst the company can trace its heritage back to 1819, it represented its first road transport operator in 1930 when the first transport act was introduced. Since then, commercial road transport has grown to become the life blood of the UK economy. Transport legislation has become inextricably linked with the industry and has grown not only in extent but also in complexity.

Based out of Clitheroe and with over 50 employees, the team of specialist solicitors serve transport clients across the country.

After attending a pensions seminar held by their local accountants, Backhouse Jones was referred to Preston-based auto enrolment specialists, Taylor Patterson, to kick start their registration.

As a medium sized business, Backhouse Jones had received notification of their staging date earlier in 2014 from the regulator and with a management team keen to start the auto enrolment process as early as possible, Taylor Patterson were approached to conduct an audit to determine how ‘auto enrolment ready’ Backhouse Jones were .

Taylor Patterson took the time to assess the business and get a rounded view of the employment structure in place at Backhouse Jones.

Carole Meats, payroll manager at Backhouse Jones, said: “We were unsure of how long the auto enrolment process would take and luckily for us, we gave ourselves enough time to plan, process and administer the scheme. We have an uncomplicated workforce, with full and part time workers, yet we were still unsure how long things would take, and we didn’t want to be fined for late registration. The whole process took around 6 months for us to be up and running, we are very appreciative of the early start we gave ourselves.”

Once the audit had been conducted, the experts at Taylor Patterson went away to search the whole market and identify a range of suitable pension solutions for Backhouse Jones to choose from.

Carole added: "The team at Taylor Patterson, especially Craig Hugo and Keith Pressler, couldn’t have been more helpful. The team added value by providing pension clinics for all staff and a training platform that gave the workforce the confidence and information they needed to make an informed decision to join the company pension scheme. I’m happy to report that over 96% of our staff enrolled themselves in the pension scheme and are putting themselves in the best financial positions for their future. ”

With the pension schemes chosen and the staff on board, Taylor Patterson have worked closely with Backhouse Jones to ensure the ongoing administration remains simple and effective. By providing a helpline enabling the payroll team at Backhouse Jones to reach out if they ever need ongoing advice or support and annual pension clinics to all staff, Backhouse Jones can be sure they have partnered with the right advisers for their auto enrolment needs. Carole continued: “All of the preliminary planning needs to be done prior to even receiving a staging date. I don’t think businesses fully understand the potential risks in starting the process too late. By superb planning on behalf of Taylor Patterson, we were able to choose the best pension providers for our staff and cost effectively manage our auto enrolment process without any complications. I would definitively recommend them to any business.”