Archive for March, 2017

Trafford College Star Student Becomes Star Employee at the One Advice Group

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As part of the One Advice Group’s commitment to engaging with and encouraging local talent, we support students on the Career Ready programme at Trafford College. One Advice Group assists through its role on the College’s Local Advisory Board (LAB), made up of supporters from local businesses, lecturers and the Career Ready network. Last year, the Marketing department provided a month-long work experience placement for star pupil Brittany Peacock.

Introduction to working-life

Brittany was provided with the opportunity to understand working life and business structures during her time with the Marketing department. This assisted on her pathway to employment. During this time, Brittany also avidly took on important tasks such as helping to co-ordinate communications at our inaugural Creditor Conference and welcoming visitors; on hand to facilitate guests requirements which lead to the smooth running of the day.

“This was a great opportunity to develop my understanding of a working environment. The One Advice Group helped me to develop my organisation and project management skills in this role. I believe that work experience and volunteering are valuable and essential to becoming employable.”

Aspirations after College

After graduating from Trafford College, Brittany decided to return to the One Advice Group to further progress her career. She started with the Front of House Team and then developed on to Customer Services. Brittany continues to develop with the business, and has recently become a representative on Culture Club, the colleague elected committee. Culture Club are responsible for colleague engagement. They co-ordinate fun activities, events and support the Group’s charitable and philanthropic endeavours. This year with the start up of the One Advice Group Fund, supported by Forever Manchester, we are set to have a bumper year of Give and Gain initiatives.

Also, Brittany will once again support the Marketing department at this year’s Creditor Connect Conference. The theme of this year is Dimensions of Debt, which includes a broad range of topics and speakers relating to the finance industry. The event will be taking place on the 30th of March.

Celebrating success

Recently, Brittany has been invited to the House of Commons to attend the ‘Celebration of Student Success Reception’. These awards were introduced to highlight exceptional achievement in higher educational establishments. Brittany was highly commended in the 16-18 category for her contribution to the Enterprise Scheme. On the course, Brittany led her team to victory at the Start-Up Company of the Year awards and was crowned the North West Student of the Year 2016. Brittany’s teacher and the Principle of the College nominated her for this award.

She was accompanied by Mike Kane, MP for Wythenshawe and Sale East who is also Shadow Education Minister, Trafford College Tutor Pierina Bower, Director of Learning for General Education Helen Wood and her proud family members.

We look forward to seeing where Brittany’s future takes her. We’re sure that her career pathway will be one to follow.

If you’re interested in a career at the One Advice Group, please click here to visit our current vacancies page.

Harrington Brooks and the One Advice Group kick off 2017 CSR programme

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Leading debt management firm Harrington Brooks and colleagues from across the One Advice Group (OAG) kick started its 2017 Corporate Social Responsibility programme in earnest in February, taking part in a packed schedule of events in the local community.

Work Ready Workshops

Newall Green is the Group’s adopted school. Assistant Head Teacher and Head of Sixth Form Karl Grimes invited colleagues to produce work-ready workshops to prepare young people for working life. This involved increasing the students’ understanding of business concepts and how to apply them.

Also, Group Head of Human Resources Claire Merton has represented the company at a “Meet the Employer event”. The day provided an opportunity for Claire to get to know the students and find out their career aspirations, whilst also talent spotting the leaders of tomorrow!

Financial Education for Future Generations

The One Advice Group also continued its excellent relationship with Trafford College. Colleagues provided a Masterclass on Financial Education for the college’s Career Ready pupils. Career Ready is a UK wide charity linking employers with schools and colleges to open up the world of work to young people. This allows students to talk about the importance of being financially savvy. Students are also encouraged to discover the careers available to them at the firm when they leave full time education.

Over 55 students took part in the afternoon which included several rounds of the now famous PayDay game (created and produced by OAG colleagues) and a session in which students constructed a budget to live on whilst a). attending University, b). taking up work or c). enrolling on an apprenticeship. All pending, real life career options for them!

Literacy and Numeracy

Furthermore, five colleagues from Harrington Brooks opted to use their monthly CPD allowance to read to Benchill Primary School students for World Book Day. We worked in conjunction with Manchester Airport Group and BW3. The students enjoyed a day of dressing up and took home a well deserved book token.

Finally, the ever popular Numbers at Work toured to St Wilfrid’s CE Primary School. This carousel of maths related activities helps to illustrate just how much fun maths can be.

Head of Marketing Jodi Hamilton commented, “We are delighted that we have kicked off 2017 with the same enthusiasm as colleagues showed throughout 2016. Harrington Brooks and the One Advice Group is very proud of its engagement with businesses and the local community. We have a long history of partnering with schools and organisations to improve the lives of local people.

“Our commitment to schools and college partnerships allows us to get to know pupils. We can provide them with insight into the world of work and ultimately spot the talented youngsters of tomorrow, who will go on to have prominent leadership roles in the local area.”

If you’re interested in a career at the One Advice Group, please visit our current vacancies page.

Harrington Brooks is granted full authorisation by the Financial Conduct Authority

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The One Advice Group is pleased to announce that its specialist debt management arm, Harrington Brooks, has been given the regulatory green light after being granted full authorisation by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA).

The FCA, which started its authorisation process in October 2014, took over the regulation of consumer credit firms in April 2014 from the Office of Fair Trading (OFT). The new process for authorisation has been designed to be more rigorous than the previous OFT regime.

As part of its new regime, the FCA wanted debt management firms to meet a set of required conditions, including: fair and transparent fees, the provision of suitable advice, fully trained employees, appropriate systems and controls to protect client money, and a sustainable business model, that was focused on getting the best outcomes for the customer.

The Group is therefore delighted that the FCA has confirmed that Harrington Brooks has met these threshold standards, as it means that it can continue to focus on getting the best solution for its customers, safe in the knowledge that the firm will be by their sides for the long term.

Matthew Cheetham, CEO of the One Advice Group, commented: “We are delighted to have achieved full FCA authorisation. The approval is testament to the excellent and hardworking people at Harrington Brooks and a business that is geared towards helping our customers back into financial health and continued financial wellbeing.

“By achieving full authorisation, Harrington Brooks will now be able to continue improving our service, investing in our people and creating an ever better experience for our customers, who are in serious financial distress.”