Throughout our business, the secret of S&U’s success lies in the close ties it has with its home credit and motor finance customers. It’s therefore natural for this to translate into links with the local communities we serve.

On a national level we seek to promote financial understanding through sponsorship of events such as the Consumer Challenge Quiz organised by Birmingham Trading Standards, which aims to help young people with learning difficulties to become better informed and more confident consumers. Through our Trade Association, the CCA, we sponsor the Consumer Credit Counselling Service helping people with debt problems.

Locally, our efforts are as diverse as the interests of our staff. S&U is a corporate sponsor and Anthony Coombs is the Chairman of the Foundation for Conductive Education, based in Birmingham, a leading UK charity working to improve the lives of children and adults with neurological motor disorders resulting from strokes, Parkinson’s disease and cerebral palsy.

Every year our staff organise collection events for charities ranging from the British Heart Foundation, Macmillan Nurses and Marie Curie Cancer Care. We also support The Sick Children’s Trust through their SMILE magazine. In the past 4 years, staff have had fun raising money for healthy hearts, walked peaks for the homeless and biked for cancer sufferers. In fact both our Chairman and Deputy Chairman rode from London to Paris for disabled children.





S&U Plc & the Marie Curie 'Big Build Appeal'
For over 45 years the Marie Curie Hospice in Solihull has provided care to terminally ill patients and their families, but the 100-year building now needs to be replaced. Marie Curie are currently building a new hospice in the West Midlands, which will provide a wider range of care and support services, and reach more local people with terminal cancer, but to do this they need to raise £7 million.

At S&U, we have decided to pledge our support to this local cause by encouraging staff to organise and actively participate in a series fundraising events, and what’s more we have agreed to match staff donations £1 for £1 which means every effort that our staff make is worth double!

To maximise our fundraising opportunities we have formed an internal committee who have coordinated a number of 'FUN'draising activities for staff, friends and family. Recent events have included a cake day, yoga session, bring and buy sale, a carve a pumpkin competition and a sponsored walk and we have many other projects in the pipeline all in aid of this excellent, local cause. Our latest fundraising efforts can be found at our Just Giving page.

Through various fundraising activities S&U staff has raised £715.15 for this charity which has now been matched by the Company, making S&U’s total donations since August 2011 a whopping £1430.30 – and we’re still raising money!

If you would be interested in helping us to support Marie Curie’s Big Build Appeal please contact the S&U Marie Curie Committee by emailing bigbuildappeal@suplc.co.uk





The Prince’s Trust
For the first time in 2012, S&U are sponsoring a Prince’s Trust ‘Team’ Programme, based locally at Solihull College. S&U’s involvement not only funds the programme, which provides an opportunity for the young unemployed to gain a nationally recognized qualification, develop new skills, and improve their chances of moving into a job, education or training, but we are also offering work placements to students and individual members of staff have volunteered their time to support the students in various ways by acting as mentors, delivering CV workshops or just picking up a spade on the community project and getting stuck in!





Birmingham Royal Ballet (BRB)
This year we also became a corporate member of the Birmingham Royal Ballet, supporting their artistic and educational work. As well as supporting the local community this partnership also offers rewarding benefits for our staff; we were able to offer some of Employees the opportunity to attend the opening night of ‘Hobson’s Choice’ at the Hippodrome in February 2012 – for some of them this was a great opportunity to experience their first Ballet performance.



 
Anyone looking for support for your charity should 'phone Nathalie Mann in our Human Resources department on 0121 705 7777