The Roundhouse Rouleurs complete charity cycle ride.

Seven friends affectionally known as The Roundhouse Rouleurs successfully rode around Wales in one day to raise money for Ty Gobaith Children’s Hospice. The team members included :

Joni Stubbs-Thrush, Chris Beardmore, Dave Lewis, Chris Owens, Sid Madge, Phil Arundale, David Thornley and Stuart Smith, with Gareth Hughes and Lynden Jones as the support team. The group cycled who cycled from Caernarfon to Chepstow covered 185 miles and 4500 metres of ascent, undertook the challenge recently and raised a fantastic £4,677.84 for the Children’s hospice based just outside Conwy.

Gareth Hughes from the support team says:

“It was a long, wet and gruelling day for the team. However they not only had the satisfaction of completing the ride but raising all this money for Ty Gobaith a very worthy local charity”

Beverley Bradley, Area Fundraiser for Ty Gobaith adds, “We are extremely grateful to the Roundhouse Rouleurs who rode this very tough ride and did it all in a day- without the help from groups like this Ty Gobaith simply wouldn’t exist.”

Auto enrolment minimum contribution increases

Over time, auto enrolment minimum contributions will increase. The government has set a timetable for these increases and originally the first was scheduled for 1st October 2017. But in 2015, the government announced that this timetable has been pushed back six months and the first increase will now take place on 6 April 2018 with the second on 6 April 2019.

The auto enrolment minimum is initially 2% of which at least 1% must be paid by the employer. Over time this increases to a total of 8% of which at least 3% must be paid by the employer.

These contributions are set on earnings over £113 per week up to an upper limit of £866 per week.  You have the flexibility to pay contributions at a rate that suits your business objectives, subject to these being at least equal to the minimum requirements above.


Date Employer minimum contribution Total minimum contribution
Before April 5 2018 1% 2% (including 1% staff contribution)
April 6 2018 – April 5 2019 2% 5% (including 3% staff contribution)
April 6 2019 onwards 3% 8% (including 5% staff contribution)