Supporting SMEs

The Close Brothers SME Apprentice Programme is part of our long-established commitment to supporting small and medium sized enterprises within our local communities. We believe the SME sector is the lifeblood of the UK economy and strongly encourage the role of apprentices in helping SMEs grow. Our SME Apprentice Programme is now entering its fifth phase and continues to contribute to the funding of new apprentices in the manufacturing and transport sectors, helping SMEs secure the skills they need for the future.

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Our employees in the community

Employee volunteers are key contributors to the planning and running of community and charitable events, and we actively encourage our staff to fundraise and volunteer for the charities they support. The Close Brothers Matched Giving Scheme donates £8 per hour of voluntary time given by employees.

Close Brothers Asset Management continues to run our Trustee Leadership programme in partnership with social enterprise Cause 4, and the Clothworkers Company. This programme provides an opportunity for professionals to take on a board level role within a charity while also providing the charities themselves with a fresh and diverse pool of potential board members.

The next London programme is due to commence in October 2020. Due to the incredible popularity, one-day accelerated programmes will take place later this year in Manchester, Bristol. Glasgow and the Midlands. If you are interested in attending our next programme, please contact Sarah Keltie via email: sarah.keltie@closebrothers.com or by telephone: 0207 426 4077.

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