Flex aids post-merger plans at telecoms firm

Kingston Communications has rolled out a flexible benefits scheme and absence management plan to 700 staff at its new communications subsidiary Affiniti, formed following a business acquisition spree.

After acquiring several organisations in 2004, Kingston merged two firms with an existing division to form national communications firm Affiniti.

Jason Boyle, group head of HR operations, said: "We’re in a complex business which has grown through acquisition. Over the last few years, we have been working to integrate them into the group."

The flex plan, which includes options such as holiday trading, critical illness cover, dental benefits and a home computing scheme, was rolled out at the end of last month. This has been followed by an absence management system, provided by Active Health Partners.

"This was our opportunity to ensure everyone could access our flexible benefits programme," said Boyle. The rest of Kingston Communications’ 2,500 strong workforce have received both schemes for a number of years.