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Four become Quality Friends

13 May 2010

Standard Life, BlackRock, Ferrier Pearce and Capita Hartshead are the first four companies to become Friends of Pension Quality Mark because of their commitment to support the award for good quality workplace pensions.
The new initiative is designed to recognise all those working in the pensions industry to make the Pension Quality Mark a success.
The four companies are already working to raise awareness of the Pension Quality Mark among the pension schemes they work with and all four have helped clients apply for the Pension Quality Mark. The scheme is open to all advisers and providers to join.
Joanne Segars, NAPF Chief Executive said: “The Pension Quality Mark is building up a head of steam, with over 40 schemes having qualified for the Mark. We wanted to recognise the work advisers and providers are doing to help make the Pension Quality Mark a great success and that is what our Friends of Pension Quality scheme is all about.
"Congratulations to our first four ‘Friends’. I hope many more will follow.”

Greg Thorley, National Employee Communications Manager at
Standard life said: "We are delighted to be square behind the Pension Quality Mark initiative. Standard Life works closely with employers across the UK to help them offer their employees good quality pension schemes."

Emma Douglas, Director, UK DC Sales at BlackRock said: "We are very happy to support such an important initiative. Members
may not fully appreciate or value the DC scheme their employer is providing as it is often difficult for members to decipher if it is a good quality DC scheme or not. The Pension Quality Mark signals to members that they are part of a pension scheme that meets the
highest standards.”

Nigel Ferrier, Executive Chairman, Ferrier Pearce said:“We are delighted to support any initiative that recognises the value and importance of employee communications. The Pension Quality Mark does just that and we are excited to be involved. We look
forward to having more of our clients having their communication programmes recognised by the Pension Quality Mark and to promote
the required standard amongst our other clients going forward.”

Sue Curley, Head of Consultancy at Capita Hartshead Actuarial and Consultancy Services added:“Feedback from our clients on the Pension Quality Mark has been extremely positive and we are pleased to be working with the NAPF to promote this important standard.”

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