Oxfordshire Apprenticeship Awards 2024

Oxfordshire Apprenticeship Awards 2024 Providing an annual celebration of apprentices, and the employers, training providers and schools/colleges involved in apprenticeships, across Oxfordshire, the Oxfordshire Apprenticeship Awards 2024 will be held on May 16 2024. Launched in 2017, and managed on a not-for-profit basis by OxLEP Skills, the Oxfordshire Apprenticeship Awards (or the OAA, for short),…

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Client Feedback Survey: A Summary

We believe that in order to grow, we need to retain clients as well as acquire new ones. We had a feeling our clients were satisfied with our service, evidenced by our client feedback survey which was giving us positive feedback and a high NPS (net promoter score). However, we wanted to gather more in-depth…

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A look into the increased focus on climate and ESG non-compliance

The Pension Regulator (TPR) is increasing its focus on climate and environmental social governance (ESG) non-compliance, but what does this mean for you as the Trustee and your scheme? TPR is in the process of launching a regulatory initiative in Spring 2023 to ensure the reporting of ESG by Trustees meets a required standard. Part…

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Assure UK Client Listening Feedback – Applying Client Feedback

 Our last couple of blogs have featured our client listening programme. There’s little point in carrying out a listening exercise if you’re not going to make any changes as a result of the feedback and we want to show our clients we truly listened to them so here’s what we’ll be doing differently as a…

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Client Listening Exercise – What did we learn?

Client Feedback Exercise

 Assure UK recently posted about the client listening exercise we undertook which checked-in on our service levels and put us in a position to be better prepared to support our clients through their future challenges.  We had no reason to think our clients weren’t happy but nevertheless, this was an important commitment to us and our…

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Why you might need a bridging letter

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What is a bridging letter? A bridging letter is used to bridge the gap between a Service Organisations Assurance report date and the user entity’s year-end. For example, a pension scheme has a financial year end of 31 March 2022 however, the third-party administrator AAF 01/20 report has a year end of 31 December 2021.…

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It’s Not Easy Being Green

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There are numerous factors that independent corporations must take into consideration when attempting to combat the ever-growing concerns surrounding climate change. B1G1. As an independent auditing firm, we have taken a step in the greener direction by establishing a relationship in Kenya through the thriving, Non-profit agency, Buy One Give One (B1G1). This symbiotic connection…

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B1G1 – One year later

B1G1

It has almost been a year since Assure UK fully implemented the Buy One Give One (B1G1) scheme into our everyday working life and what a year it has been. Giving back has been a part of Assure UK ethos for many years with a total of 4,789 impacts being made. We haven’t let the…

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What is the Buy One Give One scheme (B1G1)?

B1G1

You may have heard of the B1G1 project. Quite simply, it is a way for businesses to provide help and support to the most vulnerable people and environments in the world, just by getting on with the ordinary work we do every day. Originally called Buy 1 Give 1, B1G1 in a non-profit organisation based…

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Why assurance teams should learn Python like they do excel

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What is Python? Python is a general-purpose programming language which is notable for its relative readability and simplicity in comparison to other languages like Java and C++. As a tool, it has a gargantuan range of applications in the realms of data analytics, machine learning, statistical analysis and computer simulation. The reason for this being…

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