Last month, we were busy bees planning ahead for what looks set to be a fantastic 2021 and beyond, with lots of new initiatives and product innovations on our roadmap. Read on to find out more about some of the exciting things you can look forward to, as well as our highlights from November.
We’re taking steps to become a public company
Last month, we were delighted to share the exciting news that PensionBee is exploring a listing on the London Stock Exchange. We believe this is the natural next step in our development, and will allow us to vigorously keep pursuing our vision: to live in a world where everyone can look forward to a happy retirement.
We’re currently in the preparatory phase of planning and once this phase is finalised, it’s likely that the listing will be completed in the next 12-18 months, market conditions permitting.
It’s our ambition to make PensionBee a company that’s not only built for our customers, but owned by our customers too, which is why we’ll be exploring opportunities for you to participate in the listing itself. We’ll share more information on this process in due course, but in the meantime it’s business as usual at PensionBee!
We need your help to make fossil fuel free pension saving a reality
Earlier this year we surveyed customers in our Future World Plan, who told us they were concerned about climate change, and wanted the option to exclude fossil fuel producers from their pensions. In response to this customer feedback we’ve been working hard to create a brand new Fossil Fuel Free pension, and we’re almost ready to launch.
The new PensionBee Fossil Fuel Free Plan will exclude over 200 companies with reserves of oil, gas and coal, as well as tobacco producers and manufacturers of controversial weapons.
The new plan is managed by Legal & General and will have one simple annual fee of 0.75%, with 50% off for the portion of your pension over £100,000. In order to launch the plan at this price point, we need £100 million in commitments from customers seeking to go fossil fuel free. We’re a third of the way there with over £35 million already committed, but we need your help to reach our target before the end of the year.
If you’d like to drive positive environmental change while saving for your retirement, simply click here to log in and commit to switch your plan. We’ve recently introduced the ability to switch plans natively in the app, as part of our broader vision of aligning the app and web experience. So if you’re logging in via the app, simply click on the ‘Account’ tab in your BeeHive and select ‘Switch Plans’.
Please note, your money will stay invested where it is until the Fossil Fuel Free Plan is launched. With investments, your capital is at risk. Pensions can go down in value as well as up, so you could get back less than you invest.
Introducing The Buzz – named by you, for you
In October, we used our social media channels to ask for your help in renaming our blog. After dozens of brilliant Bee-inspired suggestions, and a team vote, the decision was unanimous, with The Buzz coming out on top!
We needed a new name as we’ve been working hard behind the scenes to revamp the blog to make it even easier for you to find the content you’re looking for, so you can better plan for a happy retirement. We kept only the very best articles from the past five years and have reduced the number of categories down to five for simpler navigation.
The next time you visit The Buzz you’ll notice a fresh new design, which showcases featured articles and highlights from our press page, as well as the most recent blogs. There are more improvements still to come, from the introduction of author pages showcasing a diverse range of experts to new-look articles.
Keep an eye out for our next update on our blog. We’re always working on new features to make our customers happy, so if you have any ideas or suggestions, please let us know in the comments section or over on social media, and we’ll feed it back to the team.