LaSer UK further invests in colleague training and development
LaSer UK, the leading provider of consumer finance based in Solihull and Belfast, has teamed up with South Eastern Regional College (SERC) to support colleagues towards gaining a Leadership and Team Skills qualification, an ILM (Institute of Leadership and Management) endorsed course.
The initiative will give supplementary training, skills and knowledge to LaSer UK?s team members, helping prepare individuals to thrive in the workplace by upskilling them with nationally recognised leadership and management qualifications.
A ceremony took place at LaSer UK?s Belfast office to celebrate the achievement of Level 2 qualifications by over 100 staff. The certificates were presented by LaSer UK Director of Operations Jason Wright and Director of Human Resources Lynda Brennan.
LaSer UK Learning and Development Manager Cherith Magill said: ?Recognising the importance of exceptional customer service, and building on existing skills, the training was delivered to enhance skills and ensure we remain competitive in an ever-changing environment. Being able to access this training locally, bespoke to our needs, has provided us with the opportunity to train a significant number of people across all our business divisions in order to provide them with opportunities to further develop their careers. I congratulate participants who have achieved personal recognition through ILM level 2 accreditation, developing skills which contribute to the long term success of our business.?
James Currie, Head of School for Business, Hospitality and Tourism at SERC explains: ?I commend the investment in the leadership skills of LaSer UK which clearly demonstrates a keenness to further develop the success of the company. We understand how hard it is for businesses to upskill employees. That's why we make it as easy as possible for participants by working with them to minimise the impact of releasing staff. It's a real partnership."
The units in this qualification cover a wide range of skills, knowledge and understanding. These include units that focus on communication, working with people, providing direction and leadership, and getting results ? from problem-solving to planning and monitoring workloads.
LaSer UK has a strong commitment to both investing in the development of its people, and to the community in which it operates. The partnership with SERC is yet another illustration of how both of these aspects can come together, providing colleagues with the opportunity to build on their many talents and complement their existing qualifications.
LaSer UK walks with Pride
Colleagues at LaSer UK, the Solihull based provider of consumer finance now part of BNP Paribas Personal Finance, have teamed together to support the launch of its Pride network to celebrate diversity and the benefits it brings to people both within and outside the workplace.
With 760 people across two UK sites, the company is committed to promoting and maintaining a diverse, inclusive and stimulating work environment where value is given to differences in thoughts, backgrounds and perspectives.
The Pride network is one of six employee networks created to enable people to develop and succeed and to ensure people are treated with dignity and respect. The company recognises and supports the diversity of all colleagues and wants to raise awareness on issues that can be faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in the workplace and beyond.
The networks enable people to come together to discuss and share information and give practical advice. The power of the networks is down to the people and what they can achieve through collaborating with each other and networks linking up across BNP Paribas Group companies in the UK.
Stephen Hunt, CEO, LaSer UK said: "We employ talented people from a wide variety of backgrounds and I believe our continued success is down to the varied ideas, backgrounds and experience of our people working together as a united team.
The launch of the Pride network at LaSer UK is just one of many initiatives we are taking to support diversity and inclusion and to help people realise their potential to succeed. It is the responsibility of each and every one of us to ensure our workplace is free of discrimination and bias. Differences should be embraced and I'd encourage businesses to leverage their rich diversity to be a driver for positive change."
Partnership with Birmingham Metropolitan College makes a difference to students
LaSer UK, the leading provider of credit cards, affinity loans and loyalty solutions partnered with the Greater Birmingham Professional Services Academy (GBPSA), the first of its kind in the UK, to offer students and young people mentoring and work experience opportunities at their headquarters based in Solihull.
The unique partnership was celebrated at an Awards Lunch at St. Johns Hotel where students and their mentors were recognised for their passion and commitment towards the initiative.
As part of LaSer UK’s Make a Difference programme, which encompasses fundraising and volunteering activities, employees ran a number of lectures covering CV writing, product development and being a responsible lender.
Stephen Hunt, CEO, LaSer UK says “We want to bridge the gap between education and the workplace. Our aim was to give students an opportunity to gain valuable skills and help with their personal growth. We look forward to welcoming three students who will gain practical experience during the summer by joining our Finance, Fraud and Business Transformation Team”.
LaSer UK are clearly committed to making a difference to the local community. Having also partnered with Grace Academy, employees play the role of mentoring students to help develop skills that boost young people’s confidence, whilst giving them an insight into the working world.
Here’s a short video demonstrating LaSer UK’s unique partnership with GBPSA
Stars shine at LaSer UK awards
LaSer UK celebrated the success and achievements of individuals throughout the business with its annual Shining Stars Awards on Thursday 22 May.
96 LaSer UK employees who went above and beyond during 2013 were recognised for their achievements throughout the year, and were acknowledged thanks to their ‘Big Thinking’, and excellent work.
Some of the big wins on the evening went to Paul Lockwood, who received the accolade of CEO Employee of the year, and Michaela Keenan took the prize of CEO Advisor of the year.
The special guest for the awards was Major Chris Hunter QGM, part of the bomb disposal operations in the British armed forces. Major Hunter, an expert in managing and leading in difficult situations, gave an inspiring speech about his time in the forces, and the essential leadership and skills needed in life or death situations.
Stephen Hunt, CEO, said: “Our Shining Stars Annual Awards is a fantastic way to highlight the achievements of individuals within our company. Every year we have employees and teams that go the extra mile, and epitomise the company’s core values that deserve to be recognised.”
LaSer UK launches 2014 CSR programme
Leading provider of consumer finance solutions, LaSer UK, has announced the support of six charities local to its offices in Solihull and Belfast as part of its annual ‘Make a Difference’ fundraising and volunteering programme.
Each charity has been nominated by its employees, and over the course of the year colleagues will be volunteering their time and expertise to help raise funds, and awareness for the causes in their region.
LaSer UK will be supporting Birmingham based children’s charities such as brain cancer charity Help Harry Help Others, Friends of Reynalds Cross School and Kids Run Free, a West Midlands initiative, which encourages children to enjoy a healthy active lifestyle.
The team based in Belfast has nominated causes including Tiny Life, a charity that helps premature babies and their families, Northern Ireland Cancer Fund for Children and the Northern Ireland Kidney Patients Association, which aims to help patients and their carers through support, and advice.
Stephen Hunt, CEO, LaSer UK said: “Since the launch of LaSer UK’s ‘Make a Difference’ programme in 2008 we have so far raised over £200,000 and our teams have volunteered 2,500 staff hours to good causes across the UK.
“This year we have nominated six fantastic causes to support in Birmingham and Belfast such as Help Harry Help Others, which was started by the inspirational Harry Moseley and his battle with brain cancer. These are fantastic worthwhile causes, and we are looking forward to giving them continued support over the year.”
LaSer UK recognises Length of Service
LaSer UK, the leading provider of consumer finance solutions, has awarded 620 employees for their commitment over many years.
Celebrating at an afternoon tea party at St Johns Hotel, Solihull, service badges were awarded by the Mayor of Solihull, Joe Tildesley, to 18 employees including CEO of LaSer UK, Stephen Hunt, completing 20 years.
The longest serving member at LaSer UK is John McCullogh, Legal Manager who has completed 30 years at the company, seeing LaSer UK going from strength to strength as it has continued to grow.
Lynda Brennan, Director of HR, at LaSer UK, ?Our people are core to the business and we?re proud to recognise the contribution of employees who add depth of knowledge and experience to an established business celebrating 40 years.?
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