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Unum launches Benni: a new employee-paid workplace benefits solution to complement employer-paid options

13th September 2018

  • New company offering a transformative end-to-end choice of quality employee paid benefits to businesses
  • Innovative new service aims to empower employees to choose, access, and pay for the benefits they need and value most
  • Underpinning our education, communication and enrolment services the Benni platform is available both stand alone and white labelled alongside existing benefit solutions

Unum, a market leader in employee benefits and protection products, has developed Benni, a new approach to employee benefits that allows businesses to provide staff with direct access to a range of quality benefits alongside existing employer paid options.

While businesses value and care about their staff, implementing traditional employee benefits is not always an option for every employer, particularly as the workforce becomes more diverse and work patterns become more flexible. To combat this, Unum has developed Benni - a new benefits solution geared to modern workplace requirements. Benni can help businesses that value all their staff with a transformational way to give them access to protection and other benefits, without having to find extra budget or substantially change the way they manage their workforce and operations.

Benni is available either direct or white labelled to exact specifications, and delivered via an easy-to-use platform. It provides businesses with access to a portfolio of employee-paid benefit options that they can make available to their staff. Benni’s skilled support team proactively acts on the behalf of the business, communicating to employees about the benefit offering, educating them on how it works, how to make their choices, helping with signing up and buying benefits.

The new solution is available to employers with minimal impact to the bottom line. Crucially, by providing a choice of quality employee paid benefits that can complement an intermediary’s existing offer, Benni represents an important new string to their bow allowing clients to extend their appeal across incomes, ages and life stages while maximising value.

By incorporating Benni alongside existing employer paid solutions, intermediaries can transform their business providing a far broader range of solutions to existing clients and opening themselves up to new prospects where employer paid options would previously have been an option.

Peter O’Donnell, CEO of Unum said: “As the UK workforce becomes increasingly flexible and diverse, a one size fits all approach to benefits is no longer an option. Intermediaries can help businesses future-proof their benefits approach, extending their range and appeal to work effectively across the broadest range of incomes, ages and lifestyles while maximising value. Benni gives intermediaries an opportunity to provide a broader range of solutions to existing clients and attract businesses that in the past would have seen employer paid options as not available.”

Kyle Addy, Director of Benni said: ”Auto enrolment has created a cultural shift in employee approach to financial benefits that Benni builds on. It has the potential to help employers attract, retain and engage staff while providing a choice of quality employee paid benefits that can complement an intermediary’s existing offer. Because it’s backed by Unum you can be confident that it will deliver.”

For more information on Benni visit (www.benni.co.uk) or call 0800 085 0518 to arrange a demo.

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Notes to Editors:

About Benni: Benni is a new standalone workplace benefits service from Unum that enables employers to provide all staff with access to a range of benefits alongside existing employer paid options. Available either direct or white labelled to exact specifications, and delivered via an easy-to-use platform with one-to-one support from Benni’s expert team during the benefit window, Benni enables employers to make their employees feel more valued as well as attract and retain the best people by providing them with access to a portfolio of benefits including cash plan, dental cover, critical illness cover, life insurance and discount vouchers.

Media contacts: If you require any further information or comment, please contact Danielle Anthony at Danielle.anthony@unum.co.uk or Kelly Spencer at kspencer2@unum.com.