We’ve been doing an awful lot of work for charity at Mazars recently. Not fund raising, I should add, but proper “value add” advice for lots of charities who participate in The Pensions Trust Growth Plan and need a bit of guidance and support in finding their way around their new deficit contribution requirements and change to Series 4. Working with charities is probably some of the most rewarding work I have done in pensions and I am fortunate that, due to Mazars deep seated history and connection with the third sector our team has many opportunities to work on these projects.
Our next charity roundtable is 11th April and I’m very much looking forward to sharing thoughts about pensions with our guests over lunch. I am also delighted that James Webster from The Pensions Trust will be joining us to field questions and join the debate. If you are a charity, based in London, and would like to meet with other organisations with pension issues then please do drop me an email and we will sign you up Margaret.firstname.lastname@example.org
Staying on the subject of charity, I had a great surprise on Thursday afternoon when the cab that stopped for me was driven by the fabulous star of BBC2’s “Toughest place to be a Taxi Driver” Mason McQueen. If anyone didn’t see the programme, Mason went out to India for 2 weeks last September to experience what life driving a cab, and living a cabbies life, in Mumbai was like i.e. hot and noisy!
Since his trip he has been raising money for his friends out in India to buy “cool cabs” and has vowed never to complain about the London weather and traffic again. As well as having one hell of a name, Mason is probably one of the happiest cabbies I’ve ever met. So, if anyone else has the luck of getting in his cab please remember to tip for his “boyz” back in India.
Apart from that it’s been a fairly busy but quiet week: No major pension news, students quietly getting on with their study and the rest of us busy holding the fort and getting the work done. Happy days J