Flexible Benefits Senate

25 November 2008

Flexible Benefits Senate

Organised by Employee Benefits Magazine


This 1-day event will focus entirely on flexible benefits. You will hear real life case studies from other employers and take part in practical workshops with leading flexible benefits providers.


  • Attendance is FREE, but is only open to senior HR and benefits managers who are benefits decision-makers within their organisations.
  • Plenary Topics:
    o Aligning flexible benefits to your business strategy
    o Tax briefing: How to maximise tax breaks in flex schemes
    o Assessing the effectiveness of your flex scheme
  • Educational Workshops:
    o 5 Workshops run by leading flexible benefits advisers
    o Just 7-14 delegates in each workshop to maximise learning and discussion

More details:

Location: Hilton London Olympia
Date: 25 November 2008
Cost: Free to qualifying delegates (see above)

Sponsoring partners


Full programme

09.00 –
Delegate arrival, coffee, tea & pastries, networking

09.30Welcome & Introduction
CHAIR: Debi O’Donovan, editorial director, Employee Benefits

09.40 – Case study: Aligning flexible benefits to your business strategy

  • The pros and cons of going for flexible benefits
  • Key business objectives of offering flexible benefits
  • Conducting a feasibility study: Assessing staff profiles and needs to help devise your flex strategy
  • Targeting: using meaningful rewards across a diverse workforce
  • Key learnings: pitfalls and successes
  • Maximising ROI and using tax breaks to fund flex
  • What can you do yourself and do you need consultants?

SPEAKER: Citigroup

10.25 – Workshops or tax briefing

11.05 – Tea Break

11.25 – Workshops or tax briefing

12.10 – Workshops or tax briefing

13.00 – Networking Lunch

14.15 – Case study: Assessing the effectiveness of your flex scheme

  • Measuring the ROI on your scheme and its impact on the business
  • Ensuring flex is (still) right for your organisation: the fit with HR and business objectives.
  • Using your administration software and marketing tools to measure take up and engagement
  • Does flex really impact on recruitment, retention and productivity?
  • Maximising the knowledge and skills of your flex providers.
  • Keeping an established scheme effective

SPEAKER: Carolyn Wilkinson, senior Employee Benefits manager, reward & recognition, PricewaterhouseCoopers

TAX BRIEFING: How to maximise tax breaks in flex schemes

  • Which benefits attract tax breaks
  • Making the most of tax breaks on pensions
  • Salary sacrifice versus flexible benefits
  • Pitfalls to watch out for: e.g. national minimum wage
  • How much savings can you make?
  • What is HMRC’s view?
  • Translating the tax breaks into funding flex

SPEAKER: Inez Anderson, tax director, Smith & Williamson


How can you maintain staff interest in flex: Current best practice in employee communication.

  • Current best practice
  • The use of ‘new’ and ‘old’ media
  • Finding employee champions
  • The importance of the employee’s family
  • Top tips for maximum response
  • Responding to response: How to adapt your campaign midstream

Presented by experts from Benefex

Developing a modern reward framework for flex – concepts and questions.

  • Employee benefits structures – Modern versus traditional
  • Building a modern benefits framework
  • Scheme model
  • Benefit model
  • How Total Reward fits within the framework
  • Advantages of the framework

Presented by experts from Redbourne


For information on sponsoring this event and running a workshop please email Charlotte Adams