Work has started on new state-of-the-art offices for Wolverhampton-based Charter Court Financial Services (CCFS) as it continues to grow its business and expand its local footprint.
Plans for the new building at Wolverhampton Business Park include a three-storey office complex boasting cutting edge technology, environmentally aware design, and on-site parking for staff.
CCFS, which was recently named one of the UK’s most inspiring companies by the London Stock Exchange Group, took up residence at the Broadlands site in 2008 with just 28 members of staff. Since then, the business has grown dramatically to its current headcount of more than 500, drawing staff and skills from the local community.
This expansion is a result of carefully planned diversification from its core activity of credit risk analysis into mortgages and, more recently, savings accounts. Exact Mortgage Experts, Precise Mortgages and Charter Savings Bank, the three brands under the CCFS umbrella, work as one well-oiled machine.
Ian Lonergan, CEO at CCFS, says the continued growth and success of the company is down to the skills, commitment and enthusiasm of its staff.
“We select carefully at interview but then we make sure that working for CCFS is something people can be proud of” he said. “Staff turnover is low and feedback from our annual surveys shows that employees feel valued by the business and enjoy working here. As one of the founders of the business, that gives me a great sense of achievement.”
The new office space will house approximately 250 people. The business is working closely with architects and Wolverhampton City Council to ensure the build has minimal impact on the local environment and its residents. Traffic impact assessments have taken place and there are assurances that a new road junction will minimise any pressure on the location.
City of Wolverhampton Strategic Director for Place, Tim Johnson said “CCFS is one of the City of Wolverhampton’s success stories and is an important cog in the Midlands Engine. It is a prime example of companies thriving in Wolverhampton where there is now £3.5bn of investment delivering jobs, prosperity and growth”.
In keeping with the business' commitment to supporting its community, local suppliers have been sourced for everything from office furniture to security systems. Staff will benefit from the best innovations in office layout planning, while the building will be protected by a variety of on-site security measures. Industry experts will advise on all aspects of IT and data protection.
Alan Cleary, Managing Director at CCFS, sees a great future in Wolverhampton for the business “We've come a long way in a short space of time and there's still more for us to do. Any business is only as good as its people. We've built a great team here which deserves the best in terms of career progression and working environment.”
“For the last two years we've been ranked in the top 10 of the Sunday Times 100 Best Companies to Work For. Hopefully next year we'll be celebrating top 10 again in our new offices”.
With plans for yet more expansion over the coming years, CCFS will also continue to occupy the space it already uses at Wolverhampton Business Park.