Money Advice Scotland is a charity that has been operating since 1989; they provide important advice to people struggling to repay debts and attempting to relieve the burden that borrowing money often creates. Each year, Money Advice Scotland hosts a two day conference to bring together people from all over the credit industry, not just major lenders but also individuals that need advice on financial responsibility and debt management companies. The event has continued to go from strength to strength as it provides not only a forum for those who are in debt to voice their worries and receive advice on where to go next, but it also attracts many large companies wishing to network and meet other companies within the industry. Naturally, an event such as this requires a certain level of financial support, and Money Advice Scotland sources many sponsors, including large lending companies. They have recently announced Wescot, a debt recovery company from Glasgow as one of the big new sponsors of the event.
As well as the necessary financial backing required to host such an event, Money Advice Scotland also welcomed the prestige that their big sponsors bring with them. Their newest sponsor, Wescot for example employs 650 people over three locations, Glasgow, Saltcoats and Hull and they process 5 million accounts each year. They have become one of the biggest debt recovery companies in the country and as such they are bound to attract even more people to attend the Money Advice Scotland conference in the years to come. Not only will their prestige attract other companies, start-ups and established lenders that require debt recoveries, but the attraction of having a market expert to provide advice to people suffering from debt will be a large boon to the conference.
The event itself covers two days, on the first day there are optional workshops that will focus on different but related areas of credit management. These workshops are held primarily for members of the public that Money Advice Scotland come into contact with every day as part of their operations. One of the biggest attractions of these events for corporations, however are the ample opportunities to network with other businesses in the industry that they might not otherwise come into contact with.
Full details of the services provided by Wescot can be found on the company website www.wescot.co.uk . The business was formed in Scotland in the late 1970s. Over the last 40 years, Wescot has grown into a market leader within the consumer credit niche. The success of the company is demonstrated by the fact that Wescot employs over 650 people. These employees are spread over three offices in Glasgow, Saltcoats and Hull.
Another indicator of the success of Wescot and the solid reputation the company enjoys can be found in the fact that this year it was involved in a sponsorship capacity in two of the most prestigious annual events in the credit industry calendar. Wescot was the main sponsor of the 2013 CCR Interactive event and the Credit Excellence Awards. The purpose of this annual event is to spread the latest best practice principles across the industry. It is also a very useful forum for debate concerning the challenges faced by the credit industry now and in the near future.
Wescot was also a sponsor of the Money Advice Scotland conference held in Glasgow in June of this year. Money Advice Scotland is the umbrella organisation for a number of bodies that seek to provide impartial, independent and confidential debt advice within Scotland. The involvement of Wescot demonstrates the company’s commitment to treating customers fairly. Wescot recognises that the provision of expert, independent debt advice is extremely useful in helping its customers to make informed decisions about their finances. In turn, this helps Wescot reach outcomes that are fair and realistic.
Wescot realises the importance of technology in enabling it to deal effectively and ethically with its customers. It seeks to ensure that its databases are as accurate as possible. On one hand, the fact that its advisors have completely up to date information at their fingertips means that Wescot can reach outcomes with its customers efficiently and with the minimum of fuss and delay. Accurate information also means that the actual agreements reached are fair. Wescot negotiators are able to take into account the difficulties the individual may be facing – with reference to accurate information contained in the individual customer’s profile. The Wescot website is also a useful tool for customers seeking to make a payment. The website also includes easy-to-understand information explaining how Wescot operates.