Monthly Archives: December 2014

Season’s Greetings

ChristmasAs another year comes to an end, it’s traditional to have a glass of sherry and a mince pie and to reflect on the year that was.

2014 will be a memorable year for Ethos public relations as we made the move from an office based PR agency in Manchester into a more flexible operation in Shropshire.

Public relations, like many business sectors, has changed enormously over the last few years. In the past we have blogged about how email, social media and electronic forms of communication have come to dominate the way we work, requiring much more flexibility in the way we communicate on behalf of our clients.

As the year draws to an end, that trend couldn’t be more starkly illustrated than by the news that Trinity Mirror are closing several of its print editions, including the Reading Post. The way we all consume news and information has continued to change at a fast rate and we have always aimed to keep clients up to date with these changes.

We will be closed over the Christmas break from lunchtime on Christmas Eve until Monday 5th January 2015, but we will, of course, in this digital age, be checking our emails, social media accounts and text messages!

We wish all our clients, suppliers, friends and future clients the very best and a Happy New Year!

 

National first helps families fight off loan sharks

Martin Groombridge

Martin Groombridge

Hundreds of secondary school starters in Haringey have already opened a free £20 credit union savings account as part of a landmark financial awareness scheme by Haringey Council.

Application packs have been sent to nearly 3, 000 Haringey pupils starting Year 7 this term for a School Savers account with London Capital Credit Union, with nearly 200 students already signing up.

The council-funded scheme, the first of its kind in England, is designed to encourage children to get into the savings habit and promote alternatives to unscrupulous payday loan companies.

Accompanied by financial management lessons in schools, accounts are ‘locked in’ for two years, with students and their parents encouraged to add to their savings where possible.

Councillor Joe Goldberg, Cabinet Member for Economic Development, Social Inclusion and Sustainability, said: “We want our children to be given every opportunity to learn about money and the different financial options available as they grow up.

“Giving every Year 7 child an account with a responsible credit union will give them a chance to start saving early on in life and understand the alternatives to the scourge of legal loan sharks colonising our high streets.”

Haringey Council has provided £750,000 in loans to the credit union in the last two years, which has more than 3,000 members in the borough – and the fastest growing contingent of anywhere in London.

The credit union has issued affordable loans worth almost £1 million since October 2012 and holds more than £1 million in savings from Haringey residents.

Martin Groombridge, chief executive of London Capital Credit Union, said: “We are very pleased to be working with Haringey Council in this way to encourage children to learn the importance of saving and budgeting.

“This monetary incentive is a fantastic way to get Haringey children to open savings accounts and for their families to benefit from the services of the credit union.”

Every Year 7 child who lives in Haringey or attends a school in the borough is eligible for an account, which can be opened by simply returning the application form sent to all pupils.

For more information and to download a copy of the application pack, visit www.haringey.gov.uk/creditunion