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Barclays launches new corporate pensions and benefits service

Barclays has launched its new Corporate Pensions and Benefits Service aimed at the larger business banking segment.

Previously operating under the Sedgwick Independent Financial Consultants brand, the new expanded service will provide cost effective solutions to employee benefits and pensions.

The new offering has been designed to meet growing demand amongst businesses for guidance in the changing pensions and benefits landscape, particularly since A-day.

Commercial director Stephen Ingledew says: “Many employers are facing a significant watershed when it comes to deciding how they structure their pension arrangements and consequently, they are seeking expert advice from a trusted organisation.”


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