Inchcape switches provider for an integrated VB solution

Thursday 22nd January 2009

Inchcape plc, leading car retailer, has switched its UK employee benefits provider to Asperity Employee Benefits to broaden its benefit offering and increase employee engagement.

The new voluntary benefits programme, launched at the beginning of December 2008 to Inchcape’s 5000 employees across the country with a membership card sent to all staff. The programme, called Inchcape-EAS (Employee Advantages Scheme) is based on Asperity’s Reward Gateway online benefit platform and offers a fully integrated package of discounts and salary sacrifice elements. Employees have access to an extensive range of discounts plus the ability to earn Cashback at over 1500 retailers. The scheme includes offers online, accessed by phone and available in-store. From February, the programme will also include a fully integrated Childcare voucher salary sacrifice scheme, allowing staff to save tax and national insurance when paying for registered childcare.

Inchcape employees will also have access to Asperity’s dedicated telephone helpdesk, which provides support and advice on benefits 12 hours per day, six days per week.

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Peter Gardner, Head of Colleague Support Services & Training at Inchcape UK, said: “We were looking for a scheme that would excite employees, as well as a provider that supports both the employer and employees using the scheme. Asperity’s integrated voluntary benefits model was very attractive as it offers an easy-to-use, all-in-one website, enabling a more streamlined approach.”

Glenn Elliott, Managing Director at Asperity, added: “We are delighted to be working with another major retail client like Inchcape. Over the past year we’ve worked hard building the integrated voluntary benefits platform which can deliver many of the benefits of a Flex system for a fraction of the cost. We’re delighted that Inchcape have chosen us to relaunch their scheme and early signs are showing a significant increase in levels of engagement with the advantages scheme.”