We are all under budget constraints but schools are finding it harder than most. We are so fortunate that we have found sponsors who, through their support, allow us to spend a day in their local schools delivering workshops on financial education and employability.
Our sponsors are welcome to be as involved as much, or as little as they want when we deliver the workshops.
There will be an opportunity to talk directly to students and perhaps parents.
All of the slides we use in the workshops will carry the sponsors logo, as will any materials we use. The sponsor will also have their logo and link on this website.
Once we have had an initial meeting with our sponsor we identify which schools we might be able to help. After that, we contact the schools, arrange the workshops, finalise the date and deliver the programme.
Schools are generally happy to allow publicity photos on the day. There is always the chance to make a press release into local papers as well as social media.
The Hinckley & Rugby Building Society is a building society based in Hinckley, Leicestershire, UK, with origins dating back to 1861. It is a member of the Building Societies Association.
As a regional building society aiming to give back to the community it serves Hinckley & Rugby Building Society is extremely proud to sponsor WizeUp’s sessions within local secondary schools. Ed’s sessions are not only entertaining but also very informative and relevant to the sort of decisions that young people will be facing in the not-too-distant future. The fantastic feedback we receive from both teachers and pupils alike, stating that sessions on topics such as budgeting and managing their money are thought-provoking and enlightening, are proof of their value and a compelling reason for us being involved in such an important project."
Stewart Heeley - Marketing & PR Manager
The Penrith Building Society is a UK building society based in Penrith, Cumbria. It is a member of the Building Societies Association.
‘Working with WizeUp has been a great experience and has allowed us as a business reach another area and demographic of our community here in Penrith. Being able to activley support financial education is essential for a Mutually owned organisation like Penrith Building Society to be able to fulfil its social purpose to its members and the community it serves.’
Tim Bowen - C.E.O.
The Melton is a building society based in Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire in the East Midlands. The Melton was established in 1875 and is one of the oldest surviving building societies in the United Kingdom. It is a member of the Building Societies Association.
"We have worked with WizeUp for over two years to help us deliver our financial education programme to local secondary schools. The feedback from schools has been fantastic and they find the sessions invaluable. Ed delivers a combination of professional, informative and engaging workshops that really seem to hit the spot with pupils!"
Jane Gilhespy - Communications Manager
GreenSky Wealth provides independent financial advice for individuals and businesses. They are based in Norwich, Norfolk.
At Greenskywealth we are extremely happy with our association with Ed Flack and Wizeup.
The schools we sponsor, Reepham and Anglo European are delighted with the tailored workshops their students are getting and are already rebooking for next year.
Ed has dedicated himself to delivering financial education directly to the students, in plain no-nonsense English. Giving them all the knowledge and tools, they will need to navigate the big financial decisions they will be making moving forward.
Why no one else is doing this we simply don’t understand.
If each Company sponsored 1 or 2 local schools our children would be so much better equipped to avoid costly mistakes.
Keep up the great work Ed!
Andy Crawford - Director
Teachers Building Society is a mutual British financial institution founded in 1966 by the National Union of Teachers. It is based in Wimborne, Dorset and is a member of the Building Societies Association.
Teachers Building Society was named ‘Best Local Building Society’ at the 2011, 2012 and 2013 What Mortgage Awards and was shortlisted for the award in
“We set up these workshops with WizeUp to help create awareness among young people about financial education. The programme is allowing us to actively support local Dorset-based sixth-formers with financial education, which is fundamental for their adult life.”
“The more we can educate the student community with advice, the better equipped they will be at managing their money when going to university.”
Simon Beresford, CEO
The Society is looking to support more programmes to Dorset schools throughout the year. A great way to introduce students to financial matters, the content of the sessions can be entirely designed in conjunction with teachers. If your school or sixth-form is interested in participating in free sessions, contact Teachers Building Society on 0800 378 669.
Newbury Building Society is a building society based in Newbury, Berkshire in the south of England. 'The Newbury' (as it is affectionately known) was established in 1856 and is one of the oldest surviving socities. It is a member of the Building Societies Association.
“We already have a scheme dedicated to educating primary school children, so it was a natural step for us to work with Ed and Park House School to help ensure those about to leave the comforts of the classroom are well-equipped for real-life financial eventualities. WizeUp is a great organisation which runs solely on sponsorship from services like Newbury Building Society. We are delighted to have sponsored this event and look forward to seeing how else we can help improve financial education within young people throughout Berkshire, Hampshire and Oxfordshire.”
Emma Lavers - Marketing Support Manager
The Saffron Building Society is a regional building society which has branches and agencies in the East of England. These span: Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Suffolk and London. It is a member of the Building Societies Association.
"I really enjoyed watching you in action on Monday – and it looks like the students did as well.
I’d like to thank you for the hard work that you have put into this. I really hope that it makes a difference to the students at the Schools that we are supporting."
Colin Field C.E.O.
Ed’s passion and his bespoke, down to earth sessions provide essential life skill education to the students who are lucky enough to experience it. The content is real, relevant, honest and received with enthusiasm and interest.
As a mutual, community is at the heart of everything we do and Saffron Building Society is delighted to be funding these financial awareness sessions to the next generation in our local communities.
Community Business Partner
Although we operate throughout Britain, we enjoy great support from the City of Bath and its surrounding areas. The Society can trace its origins back to 1904, when it was set-up originally as a Friendly Society. It used Members’ investments to buy property to rent, becoming a Building Society in the 1950s, lending money for people in the City to buy their own homes.
The Society’s growth follows the growth of property ownership in Britain, with assets increasing from some £10m in 1980 to approximately £292m today (31.12.15).
Bath Building Society is a lender that specialises in niche mortgage products. The society is committed to supporting the local community via its sponsorship and charitable activities. The society also provides residential property management services via its subsidiary company Bath Property Letting.
Market Harborough Building Society was established in the south Leicestershire town of Market Harborough in 1870. With assets in excess of £420m, over 38,000 savings customers and 3,000 mortgage customers, the society has grown steadily and prudently over the last 146 years.
The society established an independent charity, Market Harborough Building Society Charitable Foundation, in 1999.