Last week saw the launch of Birmingham Young Professional of the Year (BYPY) 2020, the flagship awards ceremony which celebrates the achievements of inspiring young people working in the city’s professional services sector. We’re proud to be sponsoring the awards again for their landmark 20th year, as part of our commitment to supporting the progression and skills development of local young talent.
With the festive season firmly behind us, talk of the ‘January blues’ has begun again. Blue Monday, typically the third Monday of the month, is claimed to be the most depressing day of the year. While January often leaves most of us feeling temporarily unhappier, we believe that wellbeing and mental health are always important, regardless of the time of year.
Through our link with Arval, we’ve been able to work with their partners to identify opportunities for Dallaglio RugbyWorks sessions. Last week we went along to a Career Taster Day hosted by two of Arval’s partners, with Peter Wood, key account manager at Michelin, and Heidi Slee, HR advisor at ATS Euromaster, at Michelin’s purpose-built training centre in Stoke.
More people than ever before are heading online instead of to the forecourts, according to recent research. However, this shift in attitude should be embraced as an exciting opportunity for dealerships, argues Andrew Brameld, managing director of BNP Paribas Personal Finance’s motor finance business in the UK.
BNP Paribas Personal Finance signed up to the Women in Finance Charter in September 2018, making a commitment to help improve gender diversity. Stephen Hunt, CEO BNP Paribas Personal Finance UK, reflecting on the progress since signing up to the charter said; ‘When we signed up to the Charter in September 2018 we had 37% female representation within senior management. I’m pleased that this has now increased to 40% and we believe that we’re on track to meet our Charter target of 50%, by our deadline date of 30 September 2022.
As a global company, BNP Paribas Group’s employees’ work has made a big impact - proving small acts of kindness can make a big impact – not just on an international scale, but also closer to home in the local communities surrounding our offices. As part of our commitment to achieving the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through our corporate social responsibility (CSR) policies, all our employees are given one day a year to donate their time and volunteer for a charity or cause close to their hearts.