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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


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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.”


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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.” 

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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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LaSer UK shortlisted for The Loyalty Awards

LaSer UK, the Solihull-based provider of card, loyalty and retail finance solutions has been shortlisted for The Loyalty Awards, which celebrates excellence, innovation and best practice within the industry.

LaSer UK has been nominated in two categories for its outstanding partnership work with Department store, Beales, including the award for Best card based loyalty programme and Best coupon or voucher based loyalty programme.

Stephen Hunt, CEO, LaSer UK said: "It's fantastic that our work with Beales has been recognised. Our nomination across two categories is a testament to the success of the scheme that we introduced to Beales, and how well we work with our clients to develop solutions to suit their needs."

"The Beales programme achieved phenomenal results for both our client and LaSer UK, and we are looking forward to the announcement of the category winners."

LaSer UK worked with Beales to introduce a new "Love Rewards" programme to connect with customers and develop long-term profitable relationships. As a result, LaSer UK has been able to use the data collected from customer interactions intelligently to; generate customer insight, and build ongoing value for the customer through personalised offers and rewards.

The "Love Rewards" programme was developed to offer a compelling reason for Beales different shopper types to enrol as members, under-pinned by a generous reward currency and an appropriate set of customer benefits including special offers, promotions and access to priority information about new collections and product ranges. Winners of the 2014 Loyalty Awards will be announced on Tuesday 10 June.

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LaSer UK's new employee learning initiative to benefit almost 70 people in Solihull

LaSer UK, the leading provider of consumer finance based in Solihull, will support 68 employees towards gaining either an NVQ (National Vocational Qualification) or ILM (Institute of Leadership and Management) qualification in the next 18 months.

The initiative will give supplementary training, skills and knowledge to LaSer UK’s operational team members. Employees will receive monthly assessments to review their attainment in areas including customer service, sales, business administration and contact centre. LaSer UK, one of Solihull’s largest employers with over 600 people based at its Chadwick House office, will partner with Intec Business Colleges to deliver this development programme.

Stephen Hunt, CEO, LaSer UK, said, “Ours is a business that has a strong commitment to both investing in the development of its people, and to the community in which we operate. Our new partnership with Intec is the perfect illustration of both of these aspects coming together.

“Our NVQ and ILM schemes provide employees with the ideal opportunity to build on their many talents and complement their existing qualifications. For anyone with an ambition to excel within LaSer UK, we are pleased to offer a development programme that gives people the right foundations for success.”

Darren Bunting, MD, Intec Business Colleges plc comments “Vocational qualifications can aid the growth and development of an organisation’s workforce as well as support individuals in the achievement of their personal goals and aspirations. Working with Laser UK is an exciting prospect and Intec look forward to developing a long and fruitful partnership.’

The new vocational programme marks the latest employment boost for LaSer UK, which last year increased its headcount by over 100 people following a new deal with Asda. Last month, the business also took on its first apprentice, supportive of Lorely Burt MP’s campaign to find work for 100 Solihull young people within 100 days.

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