Pensions software in the spotlight for Swindon businesses

By Anita Jaynes on 9 October, 2015

Payroll professional and business advisers involved in the delivery of sweeping workplace pension reforms can learn more about the software involved at the next Swindon Friends of Automatic Enrolment lunch this month.

The group, which meets at Banks BHG chartered accountants, will get together on October 20 where they will be hear from Chris Deeson (CMO) SystemSync Solutions, a software company involved in auto enrolment implementation, who will talk about how software needs to evolve to cope with multiple file transfers and PAPDIS (The Pensions and Payroll Data Interface Standard).

Auto enrolment – also known as workplace pensions – affects all employers, who will be required to register qualifying employees in a pension scheme. There are different staging dates depending on the size of the business, and from this year a huge wave of smaller firms will be pulled in, with a spike at the end of 2016 and into 2017.

Nicki Goddard-Davy, Banks BHG’s Payroll Manager, set up Swindon Friends of AE, which is affiliated to a national organisation – the Friends of Automatic Enrolment – run by the Chartered Institute of Payroll Professionals. FoAE founder, Andy Agathangelou, will attend the lunch.

“Auto enrolment is the biggest change to affect payroll for decades, and is challenging for all involved to get to grips with,” said Nicki. “As well as the legislation and its implications, we all have to understand the software needed to run the system, so we are delighted to have Chris coming along to answer questions.”

Nicki said the aim of FoAE was to spread best practice. The group is open to anyone involved in the delivery of auto enrolment, as well as employers who want to understand more.

The meeting, which is free and includes lunch, runs from 11.30am-2.30pm. Booking is required, via

Pictured above: Nicki Goddard-Davy, Banks BHG’s Payroll Manager