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|One Advice Group wins prestigious community award|
|Monday, 06 June 2016|
Manchester-based One Advice Group (OAG), one of the UK’s leading personal insolvency and legal services providers, has been awarded “North West Business in the Community, Newcomer Award for Responsible Business” by The Prince’s Responsible Business Network, Business in the Community (BITC). The result will be announced at the BITC Gala Dinner in Manchester tomorrow.
The Group places a huge importance on its work in the local community and takes pride in its position as Greater Manchester’s third largest employer, and an Employer of Choice.
In particular, the Group has undertaken significant engagement with local schools as part of its ‘Financial Education for Future Generations’ programme. This has led to colleagues taking the time to engage with over 350 local children about the importance and value of money, as well as the effects of lending and spending, to ensure that they can make positive financial choices as they get older.
As part of this, the OAG has also developed PayDay, a financial education game to teach children about financial responsibility. PayDay was first used by students at Sandilands Primary School in February, and the feedback was so encouraging that OAG has also introduced it to children at Benchill Primary School and Newall Green High School, with plans to roll it out further, already in the pipeline.
Furthermore, the OAG has also engaged directly in substantial charity work for local charities in and around the North West. They have a Charity of the Year, which last year was Forever Manchester, a charity that funds thousands of community groups and projects across the Greater Manchester region. This year the OAG’s Charity of the Year is the Christie NHS Foundation Trust, which is one of Europe’s leading cancer centres. The group has previously donated over £500 worth of food and clothes to local community group, the Tree of Life Centre Wythenshawe, as well as computers to local initiatives to help residents get online and use the internet.
Matthew Cheetham, Chief Executive of the One Advice Group, said: “As a responsible, outward-looking business, the One Advice Group has a strong commitment to supporting our local community, local businesses and local schools. We are pleased that this commitment has been recognised by Business in the Community, and we look forward to working with partners in and around the North West to continue to support the community.”
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