Perkbox, the global rewards and benefits platform, has announced an exclusive partnership with the new online discounter, Boxsaver, as part of its commitment to help businesses better support their employees financially in the cost of living crisis. The partnership follows Perkbox’s recent research which found over a third (38%) of workers are spending over a quarter of their monthly income on food shopping. Boxsaver offers all shoppers discounts of at least 20% on the UK’s favourite food and cleaning products, compared to major supermarkets and shops - including Aldi and B&M. The discounter publishes full price comparisons on its website daily so customers can be confident its prices are cheaper than any others, even factoring in Nectar and Clubcard offers. The new partnership means Perkbox users can get an additional 10% off Boxsaver's already hugely reduced prices for favourite brands including Heinz, Kellogg's, Cadburys, Walkers and Robinsons. Despite inflation falling again this month, basic food costs are 30% more than they were two years ago. With food inflation running higher than average price rises and items on supermarket shelves unlikely to fall in cost anytime soon, employers need to find new ways to financially support workers, particularly when salary increases aren’t possible. In fact, employees see it as a business’s responsibility with Perkbox’s research revealing nearly three quarters (73%) of workers believe it is their employer’s responsibility to help ease cost of living pressures. Gautam Sahgal, CEO of Perkbox, said: “Businesses are well aware that the cost for basic food occupies an increasingly large proportion of people’s salaries and are looking for new and inventive ways to ease that financial burden. We’ve partnered with Boxsaver to add another defence to the business armoury as employers look to better support their workforce in the cost-of-living crisis. This exclusive partnership will give businesses the opportunity to directly impact the household costs of their employees. We want to ensure our customers have the tools they need to ensure they’re taking the best possible care of their people.” Peter Bohn, co-founder and CEO of Boxsaver, said: “We launched Boxsaver to make it much easier for more people to benefit from huge discounts on food and cleaning essentials without compromising on quality or shelf life, and this is our core driver for partnering with Perkbox. Together, we can deliver big online discounts of the UK’s favourite products to a wider demographic at a time when everyone is feeling the pinch, aligning the purpose of our two brands. I hope together we can impact thousands more households giving employees access to their favourite brands without the premium price tag.” Perkbox is focused on delivering rewards and benefits which provide meaningful support to employees during the cost-of-living crisis. In addition to this partnership, it has launched its ‘Super Saver Week’ promotion. Every month, Perkbox will boost discounts on selected perks like Boxsaver from its catalogue of over 4,000 deals and discounts, delivering even more value to its users.

Bupa Global & UK has expanded its long running internship programme to drive greater inclusion and employment opportunities for young disabled people.

This year Bupa Global & UK has taken on a record 50 sixth form students as part of its long-standing partnership with Career Ready, a UK-wide social mobility charity that connects young people from underrepresented backgrounds with employers.

Bupa is also leading a pilot where 20 per cent of its internships have been offered to disabled students*, with interns also hosted by corporate partners including BP and Citi.

As part of Bupa’s role as the Official Healthcare Partner for ParalympicsGB, this pilot seeks to boost employment opportunities for young disabled people, with the ambition to expand the number of students and corporate partners year on year. According to disability equality charity Scope, disabled people are twice as likely to be unemployed as non-disabled people**.

The interns benefit from wraparound support from Bupa over 12 months, which includes monthly sessions with a Bupa mentor, workplace visits, masterclasses to learn workplace skills and mental health support.

Interns will also complete a month-long paid internship this summer, with placements available across five Bupa locations and designed with their interests and career aspirations in mind. Students will have the opportunity to be embedded in a number of different areas of the Bupa business including finance, communications, IT, legal and audit functions.

Scope is also providing additional support to disabled interns including access to e-learning platform ‘Learn at Scope’ and workplace training, as well as providing training to line managers. Interns will also have the opportunity to meet inspiring Paralympians at ParalympicsGB headquarters.

Anna Russell, Director for The Bupa Foundation said: “Our partnership with Career Ready means that we’ve supported hundreds of young people to reach their career ambitions, and we learn just as much from our interns as they do from us.

“It’s never been more important to support the next generation to get on the career ladder so I’m pleased that we have been able to provide an even more inclusive experience this year, supporting even more young people into the world of work.”

Jen Hartley, Director of Fundraising & Business Development at Career Ready said: “We’re really pleased to be able to build on our partnership with Bupa and to help them deliver increased opportunities for disabled students, too.

“The interns gain so much from their time with Bupa, it’s fantastic to see them flourish under the support of their mentors as well as gain so many new skills in their chosen business area, that set them up for productive, happy, life long careers.”

Bupa is committed to supporting young people starting out in their careers and also offers graduate placements and a large-scale apprenticeship programme. Bupa places around 1,000 apprenticeships each year within dental, caring and nursing roles, as well as within digital technology and leadership development. Over 80 per cent of Bupa’s apprentices remain with the business at least one year after completing their training.

Bupa’s ‘Be You at Bupa’ commitment means that everyone in the business – from all backgrounds – can feel comfortable bringing their whole self to work every day. By celebrating and supporting people’s differences, Bupa aims to promote collaboration, encouraging everyone to feel comfortable at work.