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Why choose Smart Pension?

Smart Pension was founded by experienced finance & technology professionals and has been designed specifically to support UK businesses faced with the challenges of auto enrolment. Our team spent over a year developing & testing the platform whilst also establishing the partnerships necessary to meet regulatory requirements and deliver a seamless end-to-end experience. With thousands of satisfied employers, advisers and employees now using the platform, we know we offer the best workplace pension solution currently available in the UK.

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Smart Pension is a workplace pension tailored specifically for UK businesses.

It takes expertise in investment management, technology and regulation, and blends them all together.

Our regulated investment professionals have managed billions of pounds, while our tech team has helped grow some of the world's biggest online companies.

We use pioneering technology to make getting compliant, on any device, lighting quick.

And thanks to our one-of-a-kind online platform, designed specifically for auto-enrolment in the UK, ongoing management of your scheme is easy too.

Of course, your peace of mind is our top priority. That's why our 100%-encrypted site has more security features than any other UK provider.

We have no "Big Bank" overheads, don't charge any upfront fees, and there are no needless hoops for you to jump through.

On top of that, our solution is great value for employees and our standard service doesn't cost companies a penny.

Pension auto enrolment for UK companies is all we do at Smart Pension. So you can trust us to do it right.

To sign up now, visit https://my.autoenrolment.co.uk/sign-up

Smart Pension. Fast. Secure. Free!

Meet the Smart Pension Team
A World Class Team, Built for UK Business

Our Investment Approach

Andrew Evans


Our Approach

Our approach at Smart Pension is simple, straightforward and transparent. We offer:

  1. The fastest way, to set up and manage your company's workplace pension;
  2. An outstanding and highly experienced investment team which delivers a fully diversified pension portfolio for the AutoEnrolment.co.uk Master Trust;
  3. Our administration being managed in-house by our own pension experts and 100% secure allows us to be more versatile bringing you and your employees the best possible pensions experience.
  4. Professional trustees (the majority of whom are independent) in charge of the AutoEnrolment.co.uk Master Trust, to ensure that it serves the interests of the beneficiaries (i.e. you and your employees);
  5. …and all available at zero cost to your business.

We do the hard work, giving you the peace of mind to get on with running your business, knowing that everything is in hand, you are complying with your legal duties and your employees are being well looked after.

The Burden Of Administration…Lifted

We know that over three quarters (76%) of the businesses that have set up a workplace pension have reported extra admin work and almost half (45%) are considering changing how they manage auto enrolment in the future. Painful experiences like these are the reason we have brought our fund administration in-house. the technological, technical and professional expertise in our team means we can serve our members the best solution possible as we can more easily incorporate the innovation that Smart is so well known for. This includes our employee app which allows members to get real-time valuation of pensions pots and engage with their pension like never before.

Professional, Experienced Trustees Oversee Your WorkPlace Pension

However, members may also request to be invested in any of these four funds in line with their own risk appetite and independently of their age. Please contact the Smart Pension support team support@smartpension.co.uk at if you would like to take a non-default approach.

Secure Structure. Ringfenced Master Trust. Safe Pension

Master Trust Assurance Framework Accredited

We have built a robust, ringfenced structure to protect your employees' pension schemes, using experienced trustees (the majority of whom are independent) and administrators, and professional investment management investing in Financial Services Compensation Scheme protected funds (visit the FSCS site here). Our master trust (AutoEnrolment.co.uk Master Trust) is regulated by the Pensions Regulator and we have full accreditation under the master trust assurance framework for our master trust as we are committed to providing the highest standards of safety and security for our members. We take the security and safety of employees' pension funds very seriously.

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L&G
FSCS
MAF Accredited

The Smart Pension Proposition Structure

Proposition Structure

Professional, Experienced Trustees Oversee Your Work Place Pension

That is also why we've ensured that a team of experienced, professional trustees (the majority of whom are independent) with decades of experience between them in overseeing large pension schemes, and with direct links to the Financial Regulators, is in place to serve our clients and their employees. The trustee board ensures pension legislation is followed, act in the best interests of the beneficiaries (now and in the future), and invest the scheme's assets per the trust deeds, all at the lowest cost possible. These guys work for you.

They come together as an independent trustee company called EC2A Master Ltd. The board of EC2A Master Ltd consists of:

Andy Cheseldine, Chair of the Board of Trustees representing Capital Cranfield Background

Andy Cheseldine joined the Trust Board in 2017 and is the independent chair of trustees.

Andy is renowned for his deep knowledge and wealth of expertise in the pensions industry and has accrued more than 35 years of experience in consulting on defined benefit and defined contribution arrangements. His inclusion in the Top 50 People in Pensions Awards in 2015 and the Top 25 most influential investment consultants in the last five years is a testament to his reputation.

Anna Eagles, Trustee Director, Representing Law Debenture Background

Anna is an independent corporate Trustee. Anna joined the Trust Board in January 2018. She is a pensions actuary by background and a Fellow of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries, with 22 years' experience advising trustees and employers. Before joining Law Debenture, she was with Willis Towers Watson Ltd. Anna's experience includes handling the winding-up of a DC arrangement with many investment options including with-profits funds; feasibility analyses of wind-ups of legacy DC arrangements with unit-linked and with-profits investments and bulk transfers of DC to Master Trusts.

Kate Jones, Trustee Director Background

With 20 years experience in senior roles in the financial services industry, Kate now works across the pensions industry as a Board member and consultant to senior leaders of asset management organisations, offering specific expertise in scalability, change and growth. Kate joined the Smart Pension Trust Board in August 2018. She also sits on the board of the Pension Protection Fund and its Investment and Reconsideration Committees and is Chair of Trustees for the financial education charity, RedSTART. She is also a leadership coach with a focus on senior female leaders in the financial sector.

Our Investment Management Strategy

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The trustees are responsible for the investment strategy of our Master Trust. We understand that financial expertise in balancing performance, risk and cost is key here and we are delighted to be leveraging the deep expertise of our trustees with investment advice from Hyman Robertson. Established in 1921, Hymans Robertson provide investments, benefits and risk consulting services, as well as data and technology solutions, to employers, trustees and financial services institutions.

Investment Consulting Services

Hymans Robertson provides comprehensive, innovative, client-focused investment consultancy services to Trustees, Employers, Charities, Local Authorities and Universities. Strategic decisions are of paramount importance; time and resources spent here will contribute far more to achieving the best results than anywhere else. Hyman Robertson believes that the best strategic decisions are made by trustees who actively challenge and debate issues with their advisers. This leads to engaging discussions, which drive enthusiasm for their work.

Here at Smart Pension we want to put you in control of your investments. We offer you a unique opportunity to choose how your funds are invested and managed with Smart Pension Fund Selection. It is important to consider how your funds are invested because it can affect the amount of money you have when you reach retirement. This service is available to all Smart Pension members enabling them to plan for the future. We have a variety of strategies for you to choose from, alternatively you can opt to manage how your funds are invested yourself (just be sure to keep an eye on them!)

Detailed information on the investment strategy provided by Smart Pension is outlined in the following document Smart Pension Investment Guide. The trustees recommend that members go into different default funds according to age and with a different investment plan to reflect differing requirements for these age groups. We also provide the option to use any one of the investment funds, regardless of your age.

Makeup of our Default Investment Funds

For the lastest information on investment performance, please see our Investment Performance Report.

The Sharia Fund

It is estimated that there are 2.7 million Muslims who currently live and work in the UK. With that in mind, Smart Pension offers a Sharia fund for those that wish to invest in a fund that complies with the principles of Islamic finance. Employees' funds will automatially be invested into one of our default funds. If investing in Sharia fund is important to you, you will need to change your investment after you have been enrolled into the Scheme. Please note however that this fund operates outside the charge cap regime and carries a total investment charge of 1.01% AMC p.a. on pension assets in this fund. We use HSBC Global Asset Management to manage our Sharia fund.

Introducing The Smart Ethical Global Equity Index Fund

Your pension is a long term investment, so here at Smart Pension we want to provide members with a saving option that helps to create a future that they want to retire in. Smart Growth ESG Moderate is a fund with a responsible investment tilt that focuses on the sustainability of the companies that members savings are invested in. Employees will be able to select this fund when logged into their account area as an alternative to our default funds.

What Should a Good Workplace Pension Deliver?

Our team at Smart Pension focuses on three simple goals. That:

  • Your company's workplace pension is fast, secure and free, now and ongoing, forever.
  • The pain and cost of pension administration is taken away, using partnerships and technology, to let you do your day job.
  • Your workplace pension is managed by experts, so that your team can look forward to a brighter future.

Welcome to Smart Pension.

Fast. Secure. Free.

Targets

The Smart Pension Scheme

Here are important details about the Smart Pension Scheme:

  • Pension Scheme Registration Number: 12011089
  • HMRC Pension Scheme Tax Reference: 00820230RM

Smart Pension Fund Protection

Smart Pension funds are protected by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme.

Please see here for more details

Our Technology Platform

Will Wynne, Managing Director
Market Research

We spent over a year researching, designing, building (and then testing) the Smart Pension auto enrolment platform to make it as good as we possibly could and to ensure it was what the market wanted. Before we designed or built anything, we researched in detail the competitive landscape and the options available to UK SMEs. The results, bar a few exceptions, were uninspiring: most UK auto enrolment platforms were (and still are) expensive and clunky, hamstrung as they are by legacy IT systems and a paper-based, face to face sales model, with eye wateringly painful set up and ongoing costs as a consequence. Very few used any of the recent advances in the web and technology to simplify the process of auto enrolment or to keep costs down for SMEs.

How Our Platform Works Explained In Under 90 Seconds

Smart Pension Platform Video

Platform Design

In designing our platform, we have aimed to identify the problems and costs inherent in the old paper-based approach and then used technology or lateral thinking to solve these problems, stripping out time, complexity and cost in the process, for the benefit of our customers.

Examples of Technology Helping Smart Pension Customers Save Time & Money

Why force busy professionals to fill in all the required fields about their company when we can query Duedil's company lookup API and pull in all the details we need in microseconds.

Why require company owners wanting to get compliant as soon as possible to print, sign and send letters through the post for us to review and send back, when e-signatures are entirely legal (see here also) and can be executed in seconds, are used by many large multinational companies, and Signable.co.uk allows instant e-signing of the required documents.

We also surveyed over 100 SMEs asking what features they would most like to see in their ideal auto enrolment platform. The attributes that they most desired were the ability to get signed up in one sitting, online, at zero up front or ongoing cost, on a secure platform, with a good investor track record (click to see) . SME owners overwhelmingly just wanted the job done with minimal fuss (a trend that Steve Webb, former Minister of State for Pensions, also called out in a speech on the future of pensions - "The feedback we're getting from the smallest firms is, just tell us what to do. I don't want choices, I don't want menus, I don't want, you know, just tell me how I stay out of jail").

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Our Platform: Fast. Secure. Free!

In response to this clear demand, we designed and built a system with which you can, if you have the required information to hand, sign up, enrol employees and get fully compliant within a matter of minutes, on a 100% self service basis at zero cost to your company. No one else offers anything close.

Welcome to Smart Pension.

Fast. Secure. Free

Smart Pension - Detailed Platform Feature Information

Click to see more detail on the features that make our platform faster and more secure than any other: Expand All.

If you think we are missing any features in our platform, please let us know.

Smart Pension - Fees And Charges

We are better value for employers than:

NEST, The People's Pension, NOW: Pensions, Creative Auto Enrolment and nearly all bank / insurance auto enrolment schemes.
How? Because our pension platform is much more efficient and so has significantly lower running costs, meaning that it costs us far less to provide you with a best-in-class workplace pension. We pass these savings directly on to you and your employees.
  • Smart Pension - Costs To Employers - Nil

    Costs To Employers - Nil

    Smart Pension - Costs To Employers: One-Off Set Up Costs

    There are no one-off set up costs for employers that sign up with Smart Pension's standard service and there never will be. Please note thousands of employers across the UK use our 100% free service and don't pay us a penny.

    Smart Pension - Costs To Employers: Ongoing Annual / Per Employee Costs

    There are no ongoing annual / per employee costs for employers that sign up with Smart Pension's standard service. Unlike NOW: Pensions and The People's Pension we do not charge set up or ongoing fees for companies or advisers to use our platform.

    Smart Pension - Costs To Employers: Other Costs

    Non standard charges: for certain non standard processes (eg checking non standard ID documents (standard = UK driving licence or UK passport) or submitting your Declaration of Compliance on your behalf) then we may charge to cover our reasonable costs in processing these requests. However, we currently do not charge for any of these ancillary support services.

    Were we to roll out additional services for companies, it is conceivable that we would charge for none, some or all of them. However, we currently have no plans over and above offering the UK's best auto enrolment platform to employers (their advisers / agents and their employees).

  • Smart Pension - Costs To Employees - Great Value

    Costs To Employees

    Smart Pension - Costs To Employees: One-Off Set Up Costs

    There are no one-off set up costs for employees that are automatically enrolled with Smart Pension's standard service and there never will be.

    Smart Pension - Costs To Employees: Ongoing / Annual Employee Costs

    Our fees are clear and transparent. We charge employees a small monthly "Assets Under Administration" fee of 0.75% per annum of funds under administration. No "transaction" fees or other hidden charges. This is in line with the UK fee cap that has been applied since April 2015 (see page 40 here).

Key Pension Attributes Comparison

Smart Pension is free for employers, and great value for employees. In addition, sign up with Smart Pension and you'll be using the UK's fastest, most efficient workplace pension platform, with the most advanced set of payroll integrations built in. Finally, thanks to our strategic partnership with Legal & General, you'll have peace of mind that your employees are being offered sophisticated, secure, blue chip investment options, that will help them safely provide for their future.

For a comparison of the key features that we offer compared to other providers, please see the table below.

Great value A selection of the main workplace pension providers
Year
One Only
Smart
Pension
NEST
Pensions
NOW:
Pensions
Creative
AutoEnrolment
The People's
Pension
Key Pension Attributes NEST NOW: Pensions Creative AutoEnrolment The People's Pension
Master Trust
Assurance Framework?
Master Trust Assurance Framework?
Mentioned On The Pensions
Regulator's Website
Mentioned On The Pensions Regulator's Website
Employee
investment fund
Employee investment fund Legal & General funds Legal & General funds Unspecified global companies Unspecified "Diversified Growth Fund" Scottish Widows Unspecified
Sharia
Fund?
Sharia Fund?
Guaranteed
acceptance?
Guaranteed acceptance?
Participation
agreement lock-in?
Participation agreement lock-in? NO NO NO‡ NO However contributions cannot be taken out if members leave the scheme. 2 years NO‡‡ NO However contributions cannot be taken out if members leave the scheme. NO
Automated contribution calculation,
assessment & communications?
Automated contribution calculation, assessment & communications?
Automated
employee education?
Automated
employee education?
2 step verification
security available?
2 step verification security available?
Fully secure
HTTPS website?
Fully secure HTTPS website?
Digital
direct debit
Digital direct debit
Automated
company lookup
Automated company lookup
Live customer
service chat
Live customer service chat
Automated business
address cleansing
Automated business address cleansing
Electronic
Signature
E-Signature
Smart
Rewards
Smart Rewards
Funds
Selection
Funds Selection
Mobile
App
Mobile App
Alexa
Amazon Skill
Alexa Amazon Skill
Google
Home
Google Home

Advisers & Our Platform

IFAs and middleware providers may charge fees to the company to advise or to provide auto enrolment services, however there would still be additional underlying pension fees. Smart Pension is 100% free for employers and great value for employees. If you prefer to outsource your auto enrolment to a trusted adviser, we are happy to work with your IFA, accountant, bookkeeper or payroll bureau to set up your workplace pension.

Advisers and agents can find out more here.

If you think there is an error on this page, please feel free to contact us and we will do our best to correct it.

Not only are we phenomenally good value for employers (free!) and employees, but we are also the quickest and most efficient solution in the industry and we offer sophisticated, secure, blue chip investment options. Why choose anyone else?

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