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Lauren Jones

Well, if you thought that the world of pensions would take a collective pause after the activity earlier in the year think again. The last quarter was just as busy with new developments/consultations and a very proactive new Pensions Minister starting to make her mark.

To help save you time catching up on what has been going on, Spence have pulled together a handy (almost pocket sized) guide to the main developments in the pensions world in the last quarter. Read more »

Lauren Jones

After having run two successful Future Influencer breakfasts we thought it would be a good idea to spend a bit more time getting to know each other. So instead of the usual morning affair, with everyone rushing off to a full day at the office, we moved the event to late afternoon.

A touch of excitement was added as guests arrived at the @Waterloo, Alice in Wonderland themed offices, where they were confronted by a statue of a giant white rabbit! The presentations started promptly at 4:30, followed by some well deserved refreshment and catching up with a good mix of old and new faces.   Read more »

Lauren Jones

On Tuesday Last week the Future Influencers came together for our second quarterly event.

The idea behind these events, for those new to the concept, is to bring together ‘up-and-comers’ in the pensions industry and give them an opportunity to learn from various firms as well as start building their own network of professional connections. You can read about our last breakfast here.

The day started off with a chance to catch up with fellow Future Influencers, followed by four, ten minute talks presented by Future Influencers  themselves. Read more »

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Simon KewSimon Kew has kindly agreed to contribute the following blog for Spence & Partners’ website. Simon is the Director of Pensions at Jackal Advisory and is recognised as one of the country’s leading experts on the regulator and the scheme funding process.


Most economic commentators are now upgrading their growth forecasts on the back of a steady flow of positive news over the last few months with increased activity in the manufacturing, construction and service sectors. Mark Carney, the Governor of the Bank of England has just announced upgrades in growth predictions from 1.4% to 1.6% for 2013 and from 2.5% to 2.8% for 2014. He considers that the recovery has finally taken hold and that the improvement has now to be sustained. Read more »

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