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Appointment of New CEO

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Centralus PLC announces the appointment of David Callaghan as Chief Executive Officer from 1st May 2018, to succeed Jonathan Beckerlegge, who said:

“I have spent two exciting years with Centralus as Chairman & CEO; realising the shareholders’ initial vision, introducing the unique and innovative ‘enhanced employee engagement’ model to the UK and putting together an unrivalled team.

While I relinquish the CEO position, I will be staying on as Chairman.

We wanted David for his strategic strengths, determined execution and his ability to inspire people every step of the way. We look forward to David extending these qualities throughout the organisation as we build on our enormous success as first mover in the market.

Therefore, taking into account David’s commitment to Centralus’ values, the Board has decided to offer him the position as company’s new ‘Chief Executive Officer’.”

David Callaghan qualified as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG, professional marketer with IBM and as Chartered Manager (Fellow). For the last 20 years, he has led both large global and entrepreneurial domestic recruitment, RPO and BPO companies, as Managing Director, COO and CEO several times over. He said:

“Centralus is a fantastic company with a unique proposition that helps companies transform their businesses through their employees. I have been with the business since the start of 2017 and have seen first hand the significant impact we have had on clients and their employees. The vision for the future is inspiring and I am proud to be part of the team making such a difference to so many.”

Centralus is creating a new industry by leading the way with employee engagement solutions. We have developed a unique offering that unlocks the power of the employee. Innovative thought, substantial investment and world-class delivery have combined to provide an offering that transforms businesses.

Over the last two years, Centralus has had tremendous development, with a relentless growth in our client base, achieving a 2,500% increase in community employee numbers to 25,000 members. The business has also undergone high levels of organisational recruitment and physical expansion.

The new headquarters at Elstree has been designed to encompass elements reflecting values important to our organisation and workspace. Open spaces, transparency, cutting edge technology and unique design are the embodiment of our culture. The office, created for a collaborative environment with advanced co-working spaces, is anticipated to be operational in summer 2018.

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General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

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May 25th – Are You Ready?

All businesses are required to be prepared for the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
The UK relies on the Data Protection Act 1998, which will be superseded by the GDPR on May 25.

Why?

The EU wants to give people more control over the use of their personal data, aiming to increase trust in the emerging digital economy. This will occur by protecting the fundamental right to privacy and by making sure that data is kept for as long as business demands deem it necessary. The EU wants to create a simpler legal environment that will apply throughout the single market.

What are the main GDPR challenges?

1. The Data Subject Access Requests

Anybody can make a request to any organisation on processing their personal data. However, different forms of documentation often make it difficult to provide this information.

2. Data Leaks

Data leaks usually occur through human error or hacking. GDPR puts the onus on companies to safeguard data.

How does Centralus ensure data protection?

Centralus ensures that your professional reputation remains unharmed by providing an online portal, which is password protected and complies with the GDPR encryption requirements. E-payslips can be easily retrieved and printed.

Our data / document exchange portal, provided by SSLP, guarantees that all files sent are encrypted with a full audit trail. We also retain personal data only for a specified period of time, as required by Data Protection legislation.

For enhanced safety:

In the event of a data breach, it is required that the company sends a notification requirement to the parties involved. It is also required that every organisation has a DPO (Data Protection Officer).

Recruitment Agency Expo 2018

Centralus Rocking The Recruitment Agency Expo 2018

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Once again, Centralus, rocked the Recruitment Agency Expo that was held at The London Olympia on the 31st of January and the 1st of February.

During the 2-day event, CEOs, directors and senior consultants gathered around our stand and felt our unique employee engagement approach through a fascinating experience that addressed all five senses.
Taste, sight, touch, smell and sound blended together, creating the enhanced reality we developed for the future of the workplace.

We had the chance to introduce our 2 new products, specially designed for employers and employees:
iEngagement – the tools that help businesses achieve outstanding employee engagement, leading to higher productivity, and WOW – The Wonderful Workplace, an amazing work-life engagement experience that motivates and empowers employees to be happy in an upbeat, fun and positive environment.

Last but not least, David Callaghan, our CEO, rocked the stage on the second day of the event with his enlightening presentation “Engaging with Temporary Workers”. Our visitors were very eager to discover how we revolutionise recruitment by creating the environment that fosters happy and engaged employees.

Centralus continuously reveals its dynamic presence in corporate events.
We look forward to meeting you in person at our next one!

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Centralus at the CIPD Annual Conference and Exhibition 2017

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Once again, Centralus successfully participated in the 70th CIPD Annual Conference and Exhibition that was held at the Manchester Central on the 8th and 9th of November. During the 2-day event, HR specialists, business partners and managers gathered around our stand and felt our unique employee engagement approach through a specially designed experience that addressed all five senses. Taste, sight, touch, smell and sound blended together, creating the enhanced reality we developed for the future of the workplace. Visitors were very interested and eager to find out more on how to become preferred employers of choice, surrounded by happy and engaged employees. We presented the exceptional services Centralus can provide and got the chance to share our vision with them. The exclusive package we designed includes tailor made perks that are normally provided by big businesses to employees. VIP Lifestyle (a discount portal on high-street brands, insurance), VIP Wellbeing (health assessments, confidential helpline) VIP Medical Care (doctor 24/7, care support & medical specialist) along with a rewarding personal pension plan, reserving a future worthy of their productivity and dedication. Centralus continuously reveals its dynamic presence in corporate events. We look forward to meeting you in person at our next 2-day event, The Recruitment Agency Expo which will take place at the London Olympia on the 31st of January 2018 – the #1 recruitment industry event in the UK.

For further information call one of our experts at 0800 211 8109.

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A Compelling History Unlocks the Future

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As history has demonstrated, the future of employment requires greater and greater responsibilities of the employer towards the employee. Forward-thinking employers have recognised that delegating some of their employment responsibilities to others, those requiring time and resources without generating revenue, is the way to success.

Centralus is the first organisation to implement the shared employment responsibility model in the UK. Professional employer organisations have changed the way business is done in the United States for over thirty years, where targeted expertise deals with the administration of employees and supports HR departments in growing businesses.

We have managed to adapt and implement a derivative of this successful formula, perfectly adjusted to the UK market and its regulations. Our organisation revolves around the dynamics of employment, the way we care for the employer, the employee, their relationship and our support towards this relationship. We care for our client companies’ employees from within one, powerful community that enhances the buying power of products and services.

Centralus started as a company that provided payroll services. Salaries have always been the essential link between employers and their employees. We managed to establish ourselves in the market by treating a standard procedure, which nevertheless requires attention and accuracy, as a fundamental process that keeps a business healthy.

We expanded our services into the field of auto enrolment, identifying employers’ needs as legislation changed the playing field. The onus now falls on employers to get their workforce into pension schemes. Their management and HR people have to sacrifice time and resources to fulfill their new responsibilities. For example, in auto enrolment, they must keep track and retain records of employees opting in or out, re-enrolling and be able to answer all the relevant queries. What if employers were able to do this with minimum fuss and offered their employees a fabulous workplace pension as well? We set out to answer that question and in one step, both the employer and employee get added value from the result.

Keeping up with the developments in employment law is a task by itself and not all businesses have in-house legal support. Many employers need the crucial advice of a legal expert to keep track of what the law requires and the practical day-to-day actions while complying and keeping the relationship between the business and its employees healthy. Having legal expertise is an asset, which transforms legislative obstacles into protected business practices.

Our latest, and most important, expansion, VIP Perks, actually expresses the way we see employment as a whole. Our vision of the workplace of tomorrow is centred around the employee.

Much has been noted on how offering perks to company staff helps attract and retain talent and differentiates companies that invest in perks from competitors who don’t. At Centralus, we believe that the real VIPs are the employees; the people who make the effort, inspire change and instigate innovation that leads every company to success.

We believe that the way employees are engaged reflects on how they engage with customers. Simply put, the way employers treat employees translates into the way they treat their customers. Every customer wants to be treated like a VIP in order to purchase more than once, get upgraded and share, by word-of-mouth, exceptional services. Subsequently, to make customers feel like VIPs, businesses need to engage with their employees, hence the VIP perks for employees.

The word VIP is directly linked to the concept of privilege. Our VIP perks not only give access to lifestyle upgrades, memberships and services that are normally reserved for the few. Most importantly, they support work-life balance, which is lost due to daily pressures.

Inevitably, when employers offer recognition and rewards to their employees, they reinforce company culture and employees make a deliberate effort to contribute to its goals and targets. The perks demonstrate that employee contribution is valued and individuals are rewarded for their dedicated time and effort. Dedication is not the outcome of a cold employment contract; it’s the belief that employers care about their workforce who, in turn, cares for their clients.

The buying power of numbers is as immense as their creative and productive capacities. As our client base grows, so does our bargaining power with the top brands; as the number of employees in our care increases, the cost of services per head decreases.

What’s next? Whatever the employer and employee need to thrive on, in workplaces designed to foster inspiration, gratitude and growth. We continue to anticipate the needs of the relationship between employer and employee. From there, we create the next offering, and our services expand.

We take pride in our contributions to shape the future of employment, where people stay engaged, motivated, self-driven and eager to excel. They evolve, upgrade their skills and unlock their potential, which leads their organisations to excellence.

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