The most Comprehensive & Future Focused
Payroll Conference of 2017


The conference, now in its 23rd year, brings together authoritative voices from across the payroll industry including speakers from:

HMRC, The Office of Tax Simplification, The Pensions Regulator, and leading Law Firms such as Fladgate LLP.


This year’s conference sees Payroll Alliance join Learn Payroll to add further expertise and present valuable insights gained from representing payrollers on a number of industry panels and HMRC committees.


Coming at a time of unprecedented levels of change to payroll and HR legislation, there will be plenty for payroll professionals to discuss and absorb.


Taking place at the Chelsea Harbour Hotel in Central London, the evening session on day 1 of this conference provides a great networking opportunity over drinks and dinner to share perspectives and strategies with other payrollers.


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Conference Programme

Day 1 - Wednesday 7th June 2017

Registration and check-in


11:15 - 12:00
One to One Payroll Surgery Sessions

Learn Payroll and Payroll Alliance Tutors.


12:15 - 12:45
Lunch Served


12:45 - 13:15
Conference Introduction and Welcome
Neil Hollister, Chief Executive at The Learn Centre


13:15 - 14:00
Plenary Session 1 - The Future of Payroll

Hear from Ken Gurr about changes being introduced in the coming years, as well as the implications of the Autumn Statement 2016 and the Budget 2017. Ken's wealth of knowledge makes this an unmissable session.


14:05 - 14:45
Break out Session 1 - choose from:

Managing Payroll for others

With more and more companies of all sizes turning to outsourcing solutions we look at payroll bureaux and accountancy firms to review processing, relationship and challenges involved in delivery.



Changes in Termination Payments

The detail is out on how termination payments will need to be dealt with in 2018, this session examines the rules and obligations around payments and deductions on all forms of payment on leaving employment.



Payroll Customer Care

In the context of payroll, understanding the impact and relationship with the numerous customers of the payroll team are critical to ensure the best practice and service to all.


Refreshments Break - Tea & Coffee Served


15:30 - 16:15
Break out Session 2 - choose from:



Payroll & HR Systems: the future - SD Worx

An update on what's happening in the world of payroll and HR software development. How will systems look and integrate in the future and what value could those changes do for you.



Fraud and Disaster Planning

Fraud continues to be a high profile issue in business and as the role of payroll becomes ever wider it is critical that a Payroll Manager and their team understand their responsibilities. Learn how you and your organisation can be better protected.



Selecting the Right Payroll Software

What doesn't work now and what do you need to manage your future business strategy? Creating your wish list, working with providers and best practice delivery of the implementation project.



16:20 - 17:30
Plenary Session 2 - Pension Changes

Andy Nicholls Industry Liaison Manager, The Pensions Regulator


Andy will update us on continued pension reform, including the current and future positions as we move closer to the steady state.



19:00 - 22:00
Drinks and Conference Dinner



Delegate rate for both days is £677 + VAT,
Delegate rate for the second day alone is £420 + VAT.
We can arrange accomodation at £250 + VAT per night.






Day 2 - Thursday 8th June 2017

09:00 - 10:00
Break out Session 3 - choose from:


Payrolling around the world - an overview

With increasing levels of business globalisation this session will provide an interesting overview on the various rules and differences when dealing with countries around the world.


Flexible Benefits and Salary Sacrifice

Following the sweeping changes to Salary Sacrifice, what are the pros and cons to a flexible benefits scheme as well as understanding the changes to current schemes and how to manage out salary sacrifice into 2018.



The Apprenticeship Levy is live, but, what is an apprentice and how can they be used in the Payroll environment? We focus on the role and what you need to understand about the process of a true apprenticeship in business.



10:05 - 11:00
Plenary Session 3 - i-Realise  

Claudette Lovett


With the recent work undertaken by BEIS finding issue with 360 employers around the management of the National Minimum and Living Wage, we will be giving a real insight into the pitfalls and risks surrounding correct process and how a business understands and formailses processes to ensure compliance. With the continual increases in complexity and the ever-evolving area of the payroll process we need as many tools to help as possible!


11:00 - 11:15
Refreshments Break - Tea & Coffee Served



11:20 - 12:15
Plenary Session 4 - HMRC

Phil Nilson


With significant changes introduced, and a continued focus on enforcement, hear direct from HMRC about what they think the payroll industry should be thinking about. And perhaps even give them some feedback..


12:15 - 13:10
Lunch served


13:15 - 14:15

Plenary Session 5 - SD-Worx

Simon Parsons, Director of Payments, Benefits & Compliance Strategies at SD Worx UK


Myths, fantasies and challenges - Simon reviews the world of payroll through real eyes and discusses issues, misunderstandings and challenges we all face day to day. What is common perception but also what are the realities and misunderstandings as well as the errors this can create.



14:20 - 15:15
Break out Session 4 - choose from:


Working as part of a team in business

The continual change and requirements around change management and interpretation means HR, Finance and legal departments have to work ever more closely to deliver best practice, this session is built around the integration of the business delivery.


Irish Payroll processing

As more and more companies bring together their worldwide operations, the area of payroll in the Republic of Ireland becomes increasingly important to understand. This session reviews the rules, regulations and differences around employing staff in the Republic of Ireland.


A Career in Payroll - your team's progression

Working in Payroll continues to develop in to a career and we discuss role development and education through the life-cycle of the payroll team.



Refreshments Break - Tea & Coffee Served



15:30 - 16:30
Plenary Session 6 - We've heard from the TPR, but how does it relate to the business world?

Henry Tapper, First Actuarial LLP


With the large payrolls now reaching re-enrolment and the pressure as small business joining "the party", what are the actual effects of Auto-enrolment on business.


16:30 - Conference Closes


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