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Swip move headquarters

Scottish Widows Investment Partnership is relocating its find management function to new head quarters.

Swip says the move puts the finishing touches to its year long programme of enhancing and rebuilding its fund management business which include creating an environment to encourage and stimulate its partnership with Scottish Widows Group.

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Auto-enrolment: pay attention or pay the price

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As a chief executive officer of a business in the financial services sector, I have been dealing with the introduction of auto-enrolment for our clients for some time, but I can also speak from an employer’s point of view, having to go through the process ourselves.

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