Monthly Archives: October 2014

Plenty of BBIS inspiration on offer at Holy Trinity in November!

There will be plenty of inspiration on offer at Holy Trinity School in November – with a number of speakers from Lifetime’s ‘Barnsley Businesses Inspiring Students’ project booked in to ‘tell their story’. Kicking things off will be Simon Biltcliffe (pictured below, courtesy of Angus Thomas), who will talk to Holy Trinity’s Year 11s on Monday, November…

Lifetime referral scheme cementing already strong ties with Barnsley Hospice

Barnsley Hospice chief executive Matt Wright and Marketing Manager Zoe Mitchell popped into Lifetime House on Monday morning. And they did not leave empty-handed! They were there for a meeting with our Social Media Manager Andrew Lodge, who kept them ‘entertained’ for an hour or so before presenting Matt with the latest cheque from Lifetime’s…

Oscar gets charity event off and running!

Oscar, the Barnsley Hospice mascot sponsored by Lifetime, was one of the star attractions at Sunday’s Cannon Hall Run. The hospice host the popular event, which covers 10 kilometres, and raise much-needed funds. And Oscar helped the race get underway, on a glorious sunny weekend morning, by sounding the klaxon! Nearly 400 first-time and experienced…

Why do you want to stop working?

Why do you want to stop working? It seems a simple enough question, but it’s one that always takes people by surprise. And the answer to the question varies between the incredulous, “I hate my job” through to “I need time to do the things that my time at work is preventing me from doing.” Yet the surprising answer…

Meet the latest addition to our BBIS speakers: Jane Robinson

Here at Lifetime we are thrilled to be able to announce that Jane Robinson,  the co-founder of highly successful company Cutting Technologies, is the latest addition to our ‘Barnsley Businesses Inspiring Students project’. The leading laser cutting and engraving firm – more affectionately known as Cut Tec – was launched in 2003 and now turns over £3m…

Government begins consultation on freezing Auto Enrolment threshold

The government is looking at scrapping the link between the Auto Enrolment ‘trigger’ and the threshold at which workers begin paying income tax. In a consultation published on Thursday, October 23, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has outlined four alternatives for setting the trigger from the next tax year. Since the introduction of…

‘New changes’ to pensions

The government is set to allow savers to treat their pensions ‘like bank accounts’ and take their tax-free lump sum whenever and in as many withdrawals as they like. Currently the government has a restriction in place which requires a pension’s tax-free lump sum to be paid within 18 months of the member becoming eligible…

Revamping the intestacy laws

Following the announcement on the changes to pension death benefits has come plans to revamp the intestacy laws in England and Wales. The proposed changes once again highlight the importance of letting people know how you intend for your death benefits to be distributed. Make sure wills and pension death benefit instructions are in place and regularly reviewed. The…

Retirement age set to rise as much as six months per year says pensions minister

The retirement age could rise by as much as six months per year according to the pensions minister Steve Webb. The government minister says people must accept dramatically longer working lives in order to avoid a health care funding crisis. Mr Webb says government plans to increase the average retirement age by six months every year…

Matt’s all Wright! Meet our latest BBIS speaker…..

The latest speaker to join Lifetime’s ‘Barnsley Businesses Inspiring Students’ project certainly has a story to tell! And it helps that he’s an all Wright guy to boot! Matt Wright, the current chief executive of Barnsley Hospice (pictured below), was delighted to offer his support to the BBIS scheme. “I have watched the sunset over Ayers…