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September 2021

Women in Business awards

Meet the businesswomen crowned winners at our headline event

Meet the businesswomen crowned winners at our headline event 2560 1704 Growth Partners

Businesspeople from across the region attended the Women in Business awards on Thursday 9 September 2021 at Leicester’s King Power Stadium to celebrate the outstanding achievements of female entrepreneurs and professionals across Leicester.

Women in Business awards

Our HR Business Partner Claire Antony opened the evening and said:

“It was a pleasure to be headline sponsor of the Women in Business awards again this year and be involved in showcasing the brilliant, vibrant female talent this region has. We had a wonderful night with all the finalists, celebrating their achievements.”

Hosted by Emma Jessen, winners in 11 categories were announced and presented with trophies on the night followed by our presentation to Helen Parker of deVOL Kitchens for Businesswoman of the Year.

Winner of Businesswoman of the Year

The LeicestershireLive Women in Business 2021 finalists and winners are:

Businesswoman of the Year

  • Winner: Helen Parker of deVOL

Lifetime Achievement Award

  • Winner: Penny Coates, ex-MD of East Midlands Airport and former COO of Manchester Airports Group

Apprentice of the Year

Rising Star

Sole Trader of the Year

Inspirational Woman of the Year

Digital Ambassador

Innovation in Business

Women in Construction

Entrepreneur of the Year

New Business of the Year

Small Business of the Year

Emma Jesson

The awards were due to take place in 2020 but were postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Claire Antony added:

“The last 18 months have been a difficult period for many people, with our economy and social lives put on hold.  It’s clear that the negative consequences of the pandemic will be felt by some more than others.  New barriers have been raised to building inclusive and prosperous economies and societies and pre-existing economic gender gaps have amplified. It is therefore great to have been able to celebrate these awards which have been put on hold for so long.”

For more information about the Women in Business Awards, visit the LeicestershireLive awards website

National Payroll Week – 3 Things Business Owners Should Do

National Payroll Week – 3 Things Business Owners Should Do 1413 886 Growth Partners

National Payroll Week takes place 6 – 10 September this year. It’s a time when payroll professionals are celebrated and we talk about the importance of payroll – processing payroll, managing payroll and understanding payroll, and everything that’s involved in keeping the UK paid.

Whether you process payroll in-house or outsource to a payroll provider, there’s never a better time to do these three key things.

1. Double-check your payslips are sent securely

Around 60% of organisations now provide payslips via an online self-service facility compared to just 12% back in 2008. However you deliver payslips to your employees, it is essential to ensure they’re secure. This means, if you’re still emailing payslips to your employees, it may be a good time to look at your options.

Although according to GDPR emailing documents to employees is not banned, as an employer you do have a responsibility to minimise the opportunities for personal data to be seen by the wrong people. Email was never meant to be secure and if your company emails are subject to a data breach you will be held responsible. Similarly, if the email is intercepted you cannot guarantee confidentiality which is against GDPR guidelines. Of course, email can be encrypted, and password protected but it is worth considering how user-friendly this is, whether employees have access to their emails on personal devices when they may need their pay documents and how this fits with your image and values as a company. Read more about digital payslips on the Chartered Institute of Payroll Professionals website.


2. Encourage your employees to check their payslips

Do your employees understand their payslips and know who to contact if they have a question? In a recent survey, only 62% of people admitted to understanding everything on their payslip. It is a legal requirement to provide all employees with a payslip, and it must contain at least these five things:

  1. Gross pay
  2. Net pay
  3. Any variable deductions
  4. Any fixed deductions
  5. A breakdown of how wages will be paid if more than one method is used

Ask your employees to grab a coffee and check their payslip. Let them know who they can contact in payroll for a chat about their payslip and anything they don’t understand. If your payroll provider doesn’t offer this service you can use the Understanding Your Payslip resources from The Chartered institute of Payroll Professionals.


3. Do some calculations – check your contract with your current payroll provider, or the costs of processing payroll in-house

Processing payroll is a legal requirement but is also an administrative burden, which is probably why 61% of businesses in the UK choose to outsource their payroll. Outsourcing your payroll can be a sensible decision for an SME but it shouldn’t cost the earth. Use this week to take time to shop around or at least renegotiate to check you’re getting the best deal. Consider what other services you could get from your payroll provider. Imagine the benefits of paying one fee for multiple services as opposed to juggling multiple suppliers and invoices.

The responsibility associated with payroll processing makes it a sound business decision to hand it over to an expert but as a business owner you should be very careful who you hand it to.  Here are 6 things to consider when researching outsourced payroll providers

Take the time during National Payroll Week to step back and look at your payroll within your organisation to make sure you’re providing the best service for your employees and getting the best deal from your payroll provider.


Payroll business solutions

Payroll compliance can be a burden when you’re trying to grow a business. By using payroll specialists to process your payroll and also take on the HMRC and Pensions Regulator compliance, you have more time to focus on business growth.

You can read more about our payroll services for SMEs here. And if you’re interested in outsourcing your payroll to experts with electronic payslips, you can arrange a demo of our app here 

Hand Placing Payroll Lettering on Wooden Background

14 of Our Most Commonly Asked Payroll Questions: Answered

14 of Our Most Commonly Asked Payroll Questions: Answered 1413 886 Growth Partners

The world of HR and payroll continually changes, leaving many business owners with a multitude of questions.

Luckily, as experts in all things payroll, we’ve answered some of our most commonly asked questions, hopefully shining a light on any issues you may be facing yourself with your own managed payroll.

  1. What form do I need to complete if we stop SSP, but the employee is still off sick?

If you stop SSP when an employee is still off sick, you should complete an SSP1 form and send it to the employee. This will help them claim employment and support allowance.

  1. What is classed as a linked period of sickness?

A linked period of sickness is when an employee has regular periods of sickness that last four or more days each, separated by less than eight weeks, which have lasted for longer than three years. In this case, SSP will stop.

  1. When can I stop paying SSP? 

The maximum amount of SSP is 28 weeks. Additionally, If an employee has had continuous series of linked sickness that has gone on for more than three years, you no longer have to pay them SSP.

  1. What happens to SSP if an employee is off-sick or self-isolating because of COVID-19?

Since 13 March 2020, employers should start paying an employee SSP from the first qualifying day they are off work – if they’re off for at least four days in a row. Employees do not qualify for SSP if they are self-isolating solely because they are entering or returning to the UK after going abroad.

  1. What should I do when an employee’s tax code is wrong?

Usually, for new employees, if they haven’t completed a new starter checklist, their tax code will be wrong.  The new starter checklist is a HMRC form which all employees should complete on their first day of employment.

  1. My employee insists they have paid too much in deductions – what do I do?

Many employees don’t fully understand the payroll legislation for both Tax and NI and when this becomes payable. It is your responsibility to explain the process to them and clearly show them that they have in fact paid the correct amount in deductions.

We provide our clients’ employees with a dedicated customer service team to help explain all pay documents and any deductions over live chat, email or phone.

  1. Why has an employee not been enrolled into the pension automatically? 

Auto-enrolment is based on age and earnings. All employees are automatically enrolled after the 3-month postponement period if they meet the qualifying criteria (age 22 and earn over £10000).

  1. How do I opt an employee out of the pension scheme?  

Under The Pensions Regulator rules, it is up to the employee to complete an opt-out form which they must get directly from the pension provider. You cannot opt an employee out on their behalf.

Please note, rules around SSP and payroll are different for some workers, so you should always refer to the latest advice on GOV.UK.

Transferring your payroll 

  1. Does a transfer of payroll providers need to take place at the start of a tax year?

No, you can transfer payroll providers at any time without any disruption to payroll.  However, depending on who you choose to outsource payroll to, it may cost you more if you choose not to transfer at the start of the tax year. This is because some payroll providers will be required to recreate your whole payroll since the start of the tax year. This will take time and therefore increase your costs.

You can outsource your payroll to Growth Partners at any time of year without disruption to payroll and without any set up costs.

  1. What is a Real Time Information Pay ID?

The RTI Pay ID captures your company’s employee reference. You enter this when you set up a new employee on your payroll. The Full Payment Submission (FPS) must be sent on or before payday and an Employers Payment Summary (EPS) must be submitted by the 19th of the following month to avoid fines from HMRC.

  1. What’s involved in transferring payroll providers?

If you transfer payroll providers at the start of the tax year, employers need to send the new payroll provider a list of all current employee data along with salary details. If you transfer providers at any other time, your payroll provider will require a lot more data from you regarding previous salary payments.

However, you can transfer payroll to Growth Partners as part of SMART Employment model at any time with minimal data.

  1. What’s involved in transferring payroll providers to a PEO model? 

When you are transferring payroll providers and the HMRC liabilities as part of the PEO model, you need to send the new payroll provider a complete list of all current employee data, along with salary details. You also need to ensure employees are set to ‘leavers’ in the old payroll and produce a P45 for each of them. The P45s are not sent out to employees – they are sent to the new payroll provider only.

  1. How long does it take to transfer payroll providers?  

Depending on the size of the business and the complexity of the payroll, it can take between one to two weeks for small to medium businesses, and up to four to six weeks for larger businesses.  Some payroll providers may require longer than this – particularly if you wish to transfer your payroll midway through a tax year.

  1. Do I need to contact HMRC if I change payroll providers?

You do not usually need to contact HMRC if you change payroll providers. However, if you wish to outsource your payroll to specialists like Growth Partners who take on the HMRC responsibilities for you, then you will need to complete a year-end submission.

The year-end submission will confirm to HMRC that you have closed your old PAYE. This is usually done via an EPS submission once you have processed your final payroll. You will also need to confirm the cessation date on the submission.

Payroll business solutions

When you’re investing time into running your successful business, it can become difficult to keep on top of everything. By outsourcing your payroll, you can reduce your costs and save essential business time, allowing you to focus on areas that are important to contributing towards your continued growth.

Contact the team at Growth Partners today to find out more about our all-in-one solution for payroll, pensions, benefits, wellbeing, and employee engagement services.

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