Ikano Bank in the community

Doing our bit

Giving back

We're firm believers in the philosophy 'the more you put in, the more you get out'. 'Community' is embedded in everything we do, which is why we support social initiatives locally and globally, where our help can make a real difference.

We strive to make a difference where we live and work. Focusing on health and wellbeing, financial awareness and employability in the last 25 years, our co-workers have given their time to support community initiatives in Nottingham. Here are just some of the things we’ve been doing.

Cheese Matters

‘Cheese Matters’ – financial education in schools

We designed ‘Cheese Matters’ in partnership with Capital One and Eversheds Sutherland, to offer financial education and advice to pupils at secondary school. ‘Cheese’ (so called because it’s American slang for money) covers everything from credit ratings to monthly budgeting. Our interactive workshop sessions, which are delivered by volunteer co-workers, are based on the story of a young man appearing in court on a personal bankruptcy charge. As well as personal budgeting and credit ratings, activities cover different forms of credit and contractual terms & conditions. Our aim is to help children understand the importance of being sensible with their personal finances and responsible when borrowing money.


Ikano Bank Charity Quix with CBC

Supporting local charities and initiatives

Our co-workers are actively involved in choosing which causes we support. They nominated and voted for the Children’s Bereavement Centre (CBC) to become our charity partner for 2018-20. They were asked to nominate charities close to their heart for the vote, in line with Ikano’s charity policy, which focusses on children and vulnerable adults in the local area. We aim to raise as much money as possible for the CBC through our co-workers’ fundraising endeavours and planned events, like an annual charity pub quiz. We’ll match pound-for-pound, anything raised for the CBC by our co-workers so that children and their families who are affected by terminal illness or death can access the support and guidance they need.

We’ve also taken an active part in a number of local initiatives. We sponsored ‘Pay What You Can’ performances at Nottingham Playhouse of Aladdin and Touched in 2016 and 2017. This helps everyone to enjoy live theatre, including those who wouldn’t otherwise get to experience it. This links with our own mission at Ikano Bank of ensuring fairness and equality. In particular it will help us reach out to people at risk of social isolation. More recently we have sponsored ‘Sunrise City’, a series of 5.30am runs in the East Midlands region to encourage our co-workers to be active before work and see their city in a new light.