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.

Our co-workers give lots of their time to support local 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. Find out more at the Cheese Matters website.

Getting people active

Since 2012 we’ve sponsored the Robin Hood Marathon, Half Marathon, Mini Marathon and Schools challenge. These events are great opportunities to promote fitness and well-being activities in the local community and Nottingham’s schools. To encourage people to go ‘The Extra Mile’ we offer training tips and support in a downloadable training guide for runners. Our co-workers get involved too; over 300 ran in 2016, covering a total of 2,528.7 miles.

Robin Hood Marathon 2016
supporting local charities

Supporting local charities and initiatives

Our co-workers are actively involved in choosing which causes we support. Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People has been selected as our chosen charity since 2010. We’ve arranged many events and are very proud to have raised a mammoth £91,500 for Rainbows hospice during the first ‘Ikano Health Week’, in 2016. Throughout Health Week Ikano donated €10 for every kilometre run, walked or cycled by co-workers and 734 Ikano co-workers clocked up 6,347 miles.

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.