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11th October 2017


PQM has today announced the shortlist for its new Distinction Award. The award seeks to recognising the best of the best in pension communications; rewarding those who have gone above and beyond in order to encourage member engagement.

Pension Schemes have been nominated throughout the year by PQM Assessors, both internal and external. The resulting shortlist (see below) will then be assessed by a panel of independent experts including two PQM non-Executive Directors, Georgina Stewart and Nigel Stanley, Johnathon Ryder from creative agency Landscape. PQM has also asked two well respected financial journalists, Debi O'Donovan and Jonathan Stapleton, to review the finalists, in order to ensure total transparency.

This award is part of a wider drive at PQM to encourage better communication with members. As such the award winner will be used as a case study for the recently released Good Communications Guide: This free online resource assists occupational pension schemes in improving their own communication and engagement with members.

The winner of the PQM Distinction Award will be announced at the PLSA Annual Conference on 18 October by PQM Chairman Gregg McClymont (former Shadow Pensions Minister).


1. Arqiva Group Personal Pension Plan

2. Church Administrators Pension Fund DCS

3. Heineken Flexible Retirement Plan

4. National Grid YouPlan

5. Sony U.K. Pension Trust Limited

6. The Electricity North West Group of the ESPS: DC Section

Matthew Doyle, Managing Director of PQM, said:

"To be accredited with the PQM already highlights a pension scheme as good quality, with communications that guide the member through decisions that need to be made in managing their retirement saving.

"The PQM Distinction Award, highlights those schemes and employers that are innovative pensions communicators, going even further in their own unique way to help their members and employees to work through these challenging options.

"We will be highlighting the great work of these schemes in our new Good Communications Guide, so that other schemes can benefit, and improve their own communication activities.

"I look forward to the judging panel having an even more difficult decision to make next year, as more schemes take advantage of the Good Communications Guide as well as the free one to one consultations and workshops we are running on communications."

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