Monday, 21 December 2015

Extend your savings at the Boxing Day sales

‘Twas the week before Christmas and all through the house… Who are we kidding? Most of us are still at work, waiting for the clock to strike midday on Christmas Eve. You may find the fact that it’s not time for your turkey dinner yet depressing, but fear not as Staffordshire employee benefits firm, Busy Bees Benefits has just the solution for your Christmas anticipation.

Forget counting down the time until you can leave the office, the fact that you’re still at work means you may have the opportunity to extend your savings at the Boxing Day sales.
Here’s how – through your employer you can access something called a Retail Discounts scheme. It’s extremely straight-forward, the scheme gives you a license for a year and you log in to an online portal either on your desktop computer or via an app on your smartphone.

The portal is full of deals, discounts and cashback offers for a wide range of high street stores and online vendors to use in conjunction with the Boxing Day sale.
This means your savings could be doubled or in some cases, tripled!

There’s absolutely no catch – all you need to do is, save this image and email it to your manager or HR department with a link to this article.

Through the scheme, you can purchase gift cards at up to 10% cheaper, access discount codes to top up your savings and receive cashback on your purchases, leaving you fully prepared for the upcoming sales! 

We knew there was a good reason why the Christmas break hadn’t started yet!

For more information on the scheme, visit –  

Wednesday, 16 December 2015

Another way for SMEs to retain their staff

Midlands-based employee benefits provider, Busy Bees Benefits has extended its current Car Leasing offering to smaller businesses. Until now, the company’s car leasing salary sacrifice scheme was only available to larger businesses employing over 1,000 members of staff. Businesses of all sizes can now take advantage of the scheme and the National Insurance savings that follow.

The benefits firm, which works with public and private sector businesses, made the move as part of a process to help smaller businesses with staff recruitment and retention issues. The Car Leasing scheme allows employees to sacrifice or exchange salary for a fully funded car. The scheme can save employees up to 45% on motoring costs when combined with some of the latest cars on offer. Employers save £200 National Insurance contributions per car taken out on the scheme.

“Salary sacrifice cars were the second fastest growing benefit of 2014,” commented John Woodward. 

Word is getting around about the scheme’s benefits and the savings that are actually made by putting one of these schemes in place.

“We’ve offered the Car Leasing scheme to larger businesses for a long time – it proved to be a very popular benefit and the feedback we’ve received from current clients has been great. It was only right that we made it available to smaller businesses too.

“Often, smaller businesses are competing with larger businesses in the recruitment market. A great benefits offering can make all the difference when attracting the right staff.

“And of course, once you have them, these types of schemes can help retain them for as long as possible!” he concluded.

Businesses wanting more information on Car Leasing schemes can contact Busy Bees Benefits on 0330 333 9100 or email for more information.

Festive treat for Lichfield food bank

Employees at Shenstone-based employee benefits firm, Busy Bees Benefits have donated a selection of food to Lichfield food bank, the Trussell Trust. The donation, which is part of the company’s mission to spread the spirit of goodwill, will help those struggling to make ends meet over the Christmas period.

Busy Bees Benefits normally operates by helping businesses improve their employee benefits offerings. The company’s donation will help low income families who struggle to put food on the table this December.

“The Christmas season is a busy one full of family gatherings, food and drink and the much anticipated festive parties,” commented John Woodward, CEO of Busy Bees Benefits. 

“Unfortunately, not everyone is able to celebrate some of the joys the festive season brings due to a lack of money. 

“We wanted to help those on low incomes this Christmas and we felt that donating to the Trussell Trust was the best way to do so. 

“We have all heard the news about the growing use of food banks in United Kingdom. Despite the UK being one of the richest countries in the world, families still go hungry every day as a result of redundancy, welfare delays or being a low income worker.

”Two years ago, Trussell Trust food banks provided emergency food to 104,084,604 people nationwide. Of those helped, almost 400,000 were children.

“These figures are disheartening and here at Busy Bees Benefits, we felt that we had to do something to help.

“Christmas has historically been the season of goodwill. As an established local business, we have a responsibility to support our local community. After all, everyone deserves to have a good Christmas!”

To find out where your local food bank is situated, click here.

Wednesday, 2 December 2015

Don’t fall victim to lost productivity

Productivity can be impacted by a myriad of factors including wage levels, infrastructure and transport. A study by Britain’s Healthiest Company, (BHC) has shown that poor employee health results in British organisations losing 23.5 days of productive time per year. Collectively, British organisations are losing a staggering £57 billion per year because of lost productivity. This is due to staff taking sick leave or staff underperforming in the workplace as a result of poor health. Staffordshire based employee benefits firm, Busy Bees Benefits discusses how organisations can avoid falling victim to lost productivity.  

It has become conventional for employees to attend the workplace with an illness. A pressurised workplace combined with higher expectations means it is now unconventional to take sick leave. Whilst this may seem like an admirable trait to organisations, it can lead to lower productivity. Staff members that come into work with an illness are more likely to suffer from exhaustion, thus, resulting in performing poorly at work.

Employee Assistance Programmes help staff deal with physical health and mental health as well as legal and financial issues. The schemes provide an online help system and around the clock telephone counselling services. Whether employees are looking for legal advice on sick leave, advice for managing their illness or tips on how to implement a healthier lifestyle, an EAP scheme can help.

The scheme can also help employers to deal with staff absenteeism and illness. Organisations have more time to deal with other issues, HR departments can put their absenteeism concerns aside and people managers can receive expert advice on how to deal with specific situations like staff illness.

Whilst organisations should always welcome conversations with ill or unhealthy employees, a helping hand from an EAP aids both employer and employee during this busy winter period.

For more information on Employee Assistance Programmes, please visit or call our team on 0330 333 9100 to develop a greater understanding on how the scheme can facilitate employees productivity.