Tunbridge Wells is now home to Corinthian, the pensions; investments and employee benefit company, which has brought 20 jobs to the town after relocating from Croydon.
From its new offices at Windsor House in Mount Ephraim Road, Corinthian will provide its pension advice to small businesses around the country, supported by a further 10 people in the North West and M4 corridor.
Rob MacGregor, Corinthian’s managing director, said: “We’ve grown rapidly since we were created in December 2012, and outgrown our previous offices. Having lived in Tunbridge Wells for more than 20 years I knew what the town had to offer. The senior management team and staff saw the potential and were very happy to move from Croydon.
“We knew high quality office space in Tunbridge Wells was in short supply and so moved quickly when Windsor House became available.
“Since we took the decision to move to Tunbridge Wells we have recruited five people locally, and have plans for a further 15 more staff over the next couple of years. With our significant growth, we needed a long-term head office and we are now looking to open regional offices in the North West and South West.”
Corinthian specialises in helping small businesses establish cost effective pension and benefit schemes. This is now an obligation for most UK employers under auto enrolment legislation, requiring them to put in place a qualifying workplace pension scheme. Qualifying employees are automatically enrolled into a pension and employers have to make contributions to their worker’s pensions every pay period.
Rob added: “Few people want to think about pensions, often seeing pension auto enrolment as a tax. We help small and medium sized companies and their employees have the kind of benefits that large PLCs have, but in a way they can afford.
“We specialise in SMEs because they are real companies with real people where relationships matter and helping staff and the company can add so much to both.
For most people a pension is the only way they will one day be able to even think about stopping work so it is vital we help break down the boring barrier.”
Corinthian’s offices were previously occupied by Cripps, before the business lawyers and solicitors for families and individuals moved to its new offices on 22 Mount Ephraim earlier this year.
When not leading the team at Corinthian, Rob is the chairman of Linden Park Cricket Club, having been heavily involved since 2006 when a fire destroyed the clubhouse and he led the fundraising committee to raise nearly £200,000 to help build the new one.
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