November 2020


Bitesize Christmas budgeting tips – part 1

It’s that time of year again – stockpiles of mince pies are everywhere you look (yum!) and the long awaited Christmas adverts are landing on our TVs. Although Christmas might look a little different this year, people will still be hunting for those bargains.

Thought about delaying taking your pension?

Your very last day at work might seem like a very long way off but working into your 60s and 70s is fast becoming a reality. However, the longer you work, the more money you could save for later life.

October 2020


Protecting your devices

We wouldn’t think twice about putting anti-virus software on our computers but would you consider putting it on your other devices like your phone or tablet?

Concert wins BAA DC

We are delighted to announce an extension of our relationship with BAA. We have been providing DB communications support for over four years and have now been appointed to work with them in the DC arena.

September 2020


Concert Consulting growth continues

We are delighted to announce that Oliver Lucas has joined Concert as a Digital Developer as we continue to expand our digital service offering. Oliver has over 10 years’ experience working on all kinds of complex digital projects and has spent time working in Australia and London before joining us.

Credit scores

This is a tool used by lenders to help decide if you qualify for a particular mortgage, loan, or credit card. It uses the information that appears on your credit report as well as any additional information you supplied with your application.

Phishing and smishing

No, these aren’t made up words! However, you may have heard these types of scams are on the increase during the COVID-19 pandemic.

August 2020


Diversity and inclusion

Diversity and inclusion often go hand in hand but are different from one another. This means that organisations need to consider both, in their people management practices and strategies.

July 2020


All it takes is 1%

It can be tricky to find that little bit extra to save, especially with so many things competing for a share of your finances.

June 2020


The new daily commute

With everything starting to slowly open up, people are thinking about how they will travel to work in future. A popular way to get to work is by bike - it’s good for the environment, good for the body, and also good for the wallet.

May 2020


Decoding your tax code

We’re over a month into the new tax year and for some, the subject of tax can be confusing. Put simply, Income Tax is a tax you pay on your earnings – but, you don’t have to pay tax on all types of income.

Meet the team… Charlotte

Over the next couple of weeks, we shine a spotlight on Concert’s team who are based in both Bristol and London. It’s a good chance to get to know us and find out who we are what we do (while having some fun too).

Save at home while staying at home

During lockdown, we haven’t been able to go about our daily lives like we normally do whether it’s travelling to work on the train, buying lunch from the local sandwich shop, or even Friday night beers.

April 2020


Working during lockdown

It’s a crazy time at the moment all around the world and everybody is having to adapt differently to many aspects of life all at the same time. Here at Concert we are no different and we have all been home working since the week before lockdown.

Southwark Pension Services appoint Concert

As one of the most beautiful and important boroughs in London, Southwark is the embodiment of a thriving, diverse community. It is also home to the largest Local Government Pension Scheme in London with net assets of £1.64 billion and over 25,000 members.

March 2020


State Pensions increase by 3.9%

From 6 April 2020, the State Pension, for those who reached their State Pension Age on or after 6 April 2016 will rise by 3.9% to £175.20 a week (£9,110.40 a year).

Gamification time for pensions?

According to the Data and Marketing Association, two-fifths of UK consumers have used augmented (39%) or virtual (38%) reality to test or view a product they’re considering.

February 2020


What does 2020 hold for pensions?

Pension schemes have always had to deal with large amounts of industry and regulatory changes, and now The Pensions Regulator (TPR) has sent a very clear message that robust governance must not be allowed to slip.

Online security – not just a data protection issue

While the majority of attacks on websites are by hackers looking to steal valuable personal data, there are a number of other reasons why it’s of crucial importance to maintain strong security on any website or web facing application.

January 2020


Adding explainer videos to boost member engagement

Ensuring your members are well-informed on complicated topics like Expression of Wish or their Pension Benefits can be a challenge. Explainer videos are great assets to add to your pensions website because they help explain this complex information in a simple way.

Designing pension comms to pack a punch

Presenting pensions information in a user-friendly way can be a challenge, but one where design can play a vital role. To grab members attention and keep them engaged, here are a few ways we use design and graphics to fine tune good content into polished and engaging communications…

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