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More than 200 delegates, representing some of the world’s largest companies attended the 22nd annual ifs ProShare conference, held in the heart of London’s Square Mile.
The conference is the largest of its kind in the UK and attracts professionals from across the business world, including share plan advisers, administrators, HR professionals, employment and contract lawyers, finance directors, company secretaries and communications experts.
As a sign of the industry’s importance to the improving economy, Mark Hoban and Cathy Jamieson both sitting Members of Parliament with an active interest in UK business and employment policy, were the two keynote speakers at this year’s conference.
Following the morning’s opening address by Cathy, in which she reiterated her party’s support for the industry, the delegates attended several engaging and thought-provoking break-out sessions, which examined aspects of the industry in more detail. These included sessions on the impact of the monthly increases to Share Incentive Plan (SIP) and Save as You Earn (SAYE) schemes, directors’ remuneration reports and how to launch global share plans. Later break-out sessions in the morning included discussions on financial education amongst employees, legal changes around the globe and a case study of BT Group’s 2014 August SAYE maturity, in which more than 25,000 employees benefitted.
After lunch and the chance to visit the exhibiting sponsor’s stands, the delegates returned to the main hall to hear from the second keynote speaker, the Conservative Party’s Mark Hoban MP. Mark spoke about the Government’s relationship with the business community and outlined some of the policies the coalition government have been walking towards.
The remainder of the afternoon saw an HMRC panel provide an overview of recent changes to the industry, including a look at the increase in contributions to SIP and SAYE and the introduction of self-certification, which came into effect in April this year and a final break-out session, which provided a look at case studies in the international all-employee sphere and a look at Sharesave from the Company Secretariat function.
Closing the conference, Alan Scott, Head of Employee Share Ownership at ifs ProShare said:
“Going in to 2015 ahead of the General Election, it is both clear and positive that the employee share ownership industry is united in its aims and ambitions. As the voice of the industry, ifs ProShare will continue to work with businesses, employees and policymakers to open up share ownership for millions of employees across the UK.
“We’d like to thank all of the delegates, speakers and sponsors for making the 22nd ifs ProShare conference a great success and presenting the industry’s aims in such a resounding manner.”
Overall, the day was received as a great success, with delegates finding the break-out sessions informative and valuable.
Last, but by no means least, ifs ProShare would like to thank all of its sponsors, without whom the conference could not have happened. These include the major sponsor YBS Share Plans, supporting sponsors, Elian, Equiniti and UBS, as well as exhibiting sponsors Baker & McKenzie, Barclays, Solium, ShareGift and Tapestry Global Compliance.
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