Employee Benefits Awards 2013: Best flexible benefits plan – large employer

Winner: Severn Trent Water

Scheme: Lifestyle

Entered by: Edenred

The judges were looking for an employer with more than 1,000 employees that has made delivering benefits through a flexible benefits plan effective. This is a plan that operates with a set enrolment period in which employees select benefits for a defined period.

The judges were impressed with the engagement Severn Trent Water achieved after revamping its flex scheme, which included launching several cutting-edge benefits.


The judges said: “[This scheme deserves] kudos for getting ahead of the curve. It is a very impressive strategy, which had clear aims and objectives from the outset.”

The winner said: “We tried to make our flexible benefits offering available to a large, diverse workforce and consider everyone.”

Chris Blakesley, pay and benefits manager, Severn Trent Water


Highly commended: J.P. Morgan – Elements (entered by Vebnet)

Runners up:

Bank of China (UK) – iBenefits (entered by Lorica Employee Benefits)
BMW (UK) – Flexible Benefits Plan – Choices
CSC – My Choices (entered by Benefex)
Direct Line Group – Reward Matters Online (entered by PWC and Aon Hewitt)
Northumbrian Water – Mybenefits
Santander UK – You Choose… Your Benefits


This category is sponsored by Mercer Marsh Benefits.