Coloplast, the global medical devices company based in Peterborough, has staged a ‘flexible benefits roadshow’ to help employees plan for their future.

The company has offered a flexible benefits scheme for employees for several years. Providers to the Coloplast scheme were invited to the roadshow so that employees could review their current benefit choices and discover new options to include in their bespoke plan.

The flexible benefits scheme aims to give staff a chance to improve their health and wellbeing by offering discounted gym membership, health screening and dental insurance.

It also includes the opportunity to ‘buy’ or ‘sell’ holiday and make changes to certain benefits, such as enhancing pension contributions and increasing private medical insurance (PMI) to cover more than one person. On top of these flexible benefits, the company also offers a profit related pay scheme and a share incentive plan.

Sam Sedwill, HR director at Coloplast, said: “When it comes to a benefits package, we understand that one size doesn’t fit all and that not everyone will want the same thing. For instance, some people value enhanced pension contributions more highly than they regard a gym membership and vice versa. Those with young families may be keen on using the childcare voucher scheme or increasing their PMI, whilst others may want to invest in some company shares.

“We believe that by enabling our employees to create their own bespoke package they can adapt and change their benefits to suit their lifestyle.

“The scheme, which has proved successful since its inception, is just one of the ways in which Coloplast continues to strive to be a great place to work. We want our employees to get the most out of their lives in and out of work. By maintaining schemes such as the flexible benefits programme we find we not only attract the best people but we retain the best people.”

It is this culture which ensures Coloplast is consistently listed as one of the ‘Times Top 100 Companies to Work For’ and that it continues to have the best reputation among the industry's 28 leading medical device companies, according to a survey by the independent research organisation PatientView.