Microsoft Partner Summit

Microsoft Partner Summit 2016

This morning we are at Twickenham Stadium for the Microsoft UK Partner Summit; the event focuses on digital transformation, product strategy and innovations being made into the partner ecosystem.

Following our success at this year’s Microsoft Apprentice Awards, Michael Power and Luke Hennerley have been asked by Microsoft’s UK CEO Cindy Rose to contribute to the keynote address on upskilling partners on training and apprentices.

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We won!

In conjunction with innerstrengths, specialists in helping businesses within between 25 and 250 people build outstanding people performance, we’re delighted to have won the CIPD People Management Awards 2016, Best SME People Management Initiative. We know our business is only as successful as the people who work within it. To be recognised by a professional body for our approach to how we have invested in our people is a great acknowledgement which we are very proud of.

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Delta is hosting a Tech Event on Agile estimation, planning and tracking

We are hosting the event in our Birmingham office on the 12th October, the event will focus on Agile estimation, planning and tracking. We plan on holding a number of events now that we have such a great space to host them in, to help not only our own staff learn, grow and develop, but equally other people outside of Delta within the local tech community.

We were over subscribed for the last event, to avoid disappointment please follow the link to reserve your place: https://www.meetup.com/Lean-Agile-Birmingham/events/234330688/

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Delta is hosting a Tech Event on Agile and Kanban

We are hosting a Meetup in our Birmingham office on the 14th of September, the event will focus on Kanban essentials and how to accelerate delivery. We plan to do a number of these events now that we have such a great space to host them in, to help not only our own staff learn, grow and develop, but equally other people outside Delta within the local tech community.

Spaces are limited so please visit the following link to confirm your attendance: http://www.meetup.com/Lean-Agile-Birmingham/events/232249386/

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Jessica Huang – Apprentice of the Year (Developer) Winner

Our Microsoft apprentices have made incredible progress over the last nine months and in recognition of all her hard work Jessica Huang has been awarded the Apprentice of the Year (Developer) from Microsoft.  Our Development Team underpins the delivery of leading Fintech solutions to the lifetime savings market and the apprenticeship programme enables us to nurture new talent through a structured approach.

Apprenticeships are a crucial way of providing training in vital technical skills. Each year Microsoft announces winners of their Apprentice of the Year awards to recognise the hard work and excellence of the thousands of Microsoft-backed apprentices and their employers.

Delta Microsoft's Apprentice E,employer 2016 Winner

Microsoft Apprentice Employer of the year Winner

The winners were announced at Microsoft’s HQ on the 10th August and Delta was thrilled to be awarded the Apprentice Employer of the Year award in recognition of the support given to our apprentices.

This is incredibly exciting for us, having been selected from thousands of other nominations and it is the second time we have held the award! Apprentices are helping us to deliver transformational technology for the lifetimes savings market, building robust, complaint and process-driven technology for companies that manage peoples lifetime savings.

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10 Fold increase in number of SIPPs

The ABI has reported that there has been a ten fold increase in the number of SIPPs over the last few years, with 1.7 million sold in 2015 alone, will 2016 bring record results? http://www.international-adviser.com/news/1030798/abi-reports-tenfold-uk-savers-sipps-post-freedoms?

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Agile Meetup

We are organising an Agile meetup in our offices in Birmingham on the 14th of September. We plan to do a number of these events now that we have such a great space to host them in, to help not only our own staff learn, grow and develop, but equally other people outside Delta within the local tech community.

To find out more please visit the following link: http://www.meetup.com/Lean-Agile-Birmingham/events/232249386/

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We’ve been shortlisted!

In conjunction with innerstrengths, specialists in helping businesses within between 25 and 250 people build outstanding people performance, we’re delighted to have been shortlisted for the CIPD People Management Awards 2016, Best SME People Management Initiative. We know our business is only as successful as the people who work within it. To be recognised by a professional body for our approach to how we have invested in our people is a great acknowledgement which we are very proud of. Whether we win or gracefully congratulate others who do, being shortlisted is a fantastic achievement.

 

Delta Financial Systems Limited

Budget – Pensions and Lifetime Savings Summary

Whilst the Budget announcement was constrained by George Osborne’s political aspirations there were a few notable changes that will affect the Lifetime Savings industry.

Lifetime ISA

The Lifetime ISA is an obvious forerunner of Pensions ISAs. It feels very much like a half-way house solution after pulling the possibility of the full blown changes that George Osborne had originally planned to introduce. The new Lifetime ISA is an addition to the current pensions landscape as it stands however it has been suggested that within this Parliament we could see it replace the existing pensions regime for, at least, DC/money purchase schemes.   This does also raise the question about the future of auto-enrolment and how that might be impacted by Lifetime ISAs.

Lifetime ISA Summary – 2016

Pension Legislation

Various changes have also been announced in order to tidy up the tax legislation following the pension freedoms that came into force in April 2015. This includes the payment of benefits to those in serious ill health, to dependents who reach age 23 whilst receiving a dependents pension, and for those with pensions savings up to £30,000.

Pension Legislation Summary – 2016