Smart Pension and Mercer launch new SME pension solution

First of its kind collaboration addresses growing demand for modern retirement technology from SMEs

Smart Pension and Mercer launch new SME pension solution

Smart Pension, one of the UK’s leading workplace pension providers, and Mercer, the global consulting and investments leader and a business of Marsh McLennan (NYSE:MMC), today launch a new pension solution to meet the accelerating demand for modern retirement technology amongst the UK’s 5.5 million small and mid-sized enterprises (SMEs). The new offering, Mercer Smart Pension, brings the Smart Pension Master Trust, underpinned by Smart’s award-winning digital-first technology platform Keystone, together with Mercer’s market-leading investment capabilities, governance support and retirement services.

For many UK businesses and their employees, size, affordability and access to technology are significant barriers when it comes to pension provision and related employee benefits for the workforce. Mercer Smart Pension can assist employers who seek to enhance the financial security, long-term planning and personal wellbeing for a wide range of UK workers. It levels the playing field, offering the same benefits that employees in larger companies enjoy, as well as the first-class technology they would expect from an ecommerce app or digital bank.

“Speaking to small and mid-sized businesses and their employees, we heard frustration from many clients who were not positioned to benefit from the tools, support and investment research larger employers can access,”

said Phil Parkinson, Head of Wealth and Investments at leading global consulting and investments firm, Mercer.

“Knowing Smart Pension’s digital and fintech credentials, we recognised an opportunity to bridge this crucial gap. Mercer has combined the strength of its global investment research, experience in delivering global DC products and consulting with a fintech solution from Smart Pension to provide a low-cost, feature-rich pension and benefits platform. For a largely overlooked section of the UK economy.”

Jamie Fiveash, CEO of Smart UK said,

“This is a game-changer for pension provision in the UK. Combining Mercer’s unrivalled reputation for client focus and solutions with Smart’s industry-leading technology and customer experience will deliver a very exciting prospect for SMEs.
Our aim is to reshape how employers and employees think about retirement planning. By combining our expertise with Mercer we are democratising financial wellbeing and setting a new standard for the industry.”

Smart Pension and Mercer are closely aligned in their aim to open up the full potential of digital retirement technology, and both are signatories to the Mansion House Compact announced in July 2023 by Chancellor of the Exchequer, Jeremy Hunt. The two companies aim to ensure that the accelerating demand for modern retirement technology amongst employers is met.

About Smart Pension

Launched in 2015, Smart Pension exceeds £5bn in assets under management (AUM) and now serves over one million members and more than 70,000 employers. It is powered by Keystone, Smart’s global savings and investments technology platform.

Aquiline Capital Partners, Barclays, Chrysalis Investments, DWS Group, Fidelity International Strategic Ventures, J.P. Morgan, Legal & General Investment Management, Link Group and Natixis Investment Managers are all investors in Smart Pension.