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Smart Pension vs Creative Auto Enrolment - Key Pension Attributes Comparison

On this page you will find a detailed comparison between Smart Pension and Creative Auto Enrolment's automatic enrolment workplace pension schemes.

The Smart choice

Many employers looking to set up an automatic enrolment workplace pension for the first time will undoubtedly find it a daunting task. With a variety of providers on the market to choose from, ensuring that you select the right pension scheme for your business and your employees can be overwhelming. It is expected that around three-quarters of all small businesses and almost half of micro businesses will have workplace pension duties over the next few years. New employers recruiting employees for the first time from 1st October 2017 will have to provide them with a workplace pension instantly, the day their first employee starts work.

This is where Smart Pension could be the smart choice for you. For a comparison of the fees and key features that Smart Pension offers compared to Creative Auto Enrolment, one of the main workplace pension providers on the market, please see the tables below (for a comparison of Smart Pension and other main automatic enrolment workplace pension providers, click on the relevant link: NEST / NOW: Pensions / The People's Pension ).

Smart Pension vs Creative Auto Enrolment
Key Pension Attributes Comparison

Smart Pension
vs
Creative Auto Enrolment
Great Value Key Attributes Comparison
Year
One Only
Smart
Pension
Creative
Auto Enrolment
Key Pension Attributes Creative Auto Enrolment
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 Scottish Widows
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.
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
Amazon
Alexa Skill
Amazon Alexa 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 table, please feel free to contact us and we will do our best to correct it.

Why Smart Pension?

Founded by experienced finance and technology professionals, Smart Pension has been designed specifically to support UK businesses faced with the challenges of setting up a workplace pension scheme following the new automatic enrolment legislation. Smart Pension is not only free for employers and advisers (no set-up fees or ongoing fees), it's also great value for employees (we only charge a small monthly assets under management (AUM) fee of 0.75%). As a result, we are now seeing a new business enrol their staff in a pension every seven minutes.

Smart Pension is the UK's fastest, most efficient workplace pension platform, with the most advanced set of payroll integrations built in. We are also MAF-accredited, the gold standard for workplace pensions. Finally, our strategic partnership with Legal & General will give you peace of mind that your employees are being offered the most sophisticated, secure, blue-chip investment options, that will help them safely provide for their retirement. With thousands of satisfied employers, advisers and employees now using the Smart Pension platform, we are confident that we offer the best workplace pension solution currently available in the UK. Just see for yourself what our customers have to say about Smart Pension from our Google reviews.

Other main workplace pension provider comparisons

For a comparison between Smart Pension and a selection of other main workplace pension providers on the market, please click the relevant link below:

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