Mission: To build a better society. Vision: To become the UK's largest building society.
COMMUNITY VALUES AND helping others were among the guiding principles behind mutual building societies. Founded in 1853 in the North Yorkshire town where it still has its headquarters, Skipton Building Society is keeping those traditions alive.
Since opening its first branch office in Harrogate 70 years ago, the company has grown to 96 sites. Now led by group chief executive David Cutter, it is Britain’s fourth biggest building society and provides a full range of financial services.
The company’s own charitable foundation gives £150,000 each year to good causes around the UK, while its 2,113 employees get involved in fundraising at an annual family fun day, which made £6,000 last year. Staff are encouraged to become trustees of charities, and are given two paid days a year to volunteer. They believe the firm is not driven primarily by profit, a 68% positive score, and that it gives back to the community (66%).
Maternity and paternity benefits are better than the statutory rates, and Skipton allows staff with acute caring responsibilities to use up to 26 weeks’ sick-pay allowance to look after a relative.
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