FinTrU’s social purpose in creating high quality and rewarding employment
BY KATHY BELL
THURSDAY 29 NOVEMBER 2018
This article first appeared in Derry/Londonderry Chamber of Commerce Magazine: Connected
Founded in December 2013, FinTrU is a multi-award winning financial services company that is committed to giving local talent the opportunity to work on the global stage with the largest international investment banks. FinTrU provides its clients with high quality, cost-effective, near-shore resourcing solutions. Whilst FinTrU is managed as a profit-driven organisation, Darragh McCarthy, Founder & CEO, also considers FinTrU as having a social purpose to create high-quality professional employment on the island of Ireland. Headquartered in Belfast, FinTrU opened its new office in Derry/Londonderry in October 2018 in Carlisle House on Horace Street.
To ensure the delivery of a comprehensive and thoughtful wellness plan, FinTrU partnered with Health Matters NI in 2017 to develop and launch our Health and Wellbeing strategy, christened TrU Wellness. FinTrU placed huge importance on employee experience and, as such, acknowledge that part of their overall engagement activity should be dedicated to promoting and encouraging health and wellbeing at work, both mentally and physically.
FinTrU prides itself on offering a market-leading benefits package to its staff. This package includes private medical insurance, income protection, life assurance, an employee assistance programme, ‘Best Doctors’ and health screening. Also offered is a comprehensive health cash plan which promotes proactive health and wellbeing support through cashback on massages, CBT, hypnotherapy, acupressure and much more.
As part of the TrU Wellness strategy, FinTrU disseminates information in many ways including through in-house workshops, email communication, posters around the offices and office wide initiatives. In recent months, FinTrU has held talks in our offices from a number of local charities around topics including suicide awareness and stress management. FinTrU also regularly hosts ‘Tea and Talk’ style events where staff are encouraged to simply take some time away from their desks and connect over a cup of tea with their wider network of colleagues.
Physical and mental health are inextricably linked so the culture in FinTrU promotes and encourages getting active in whatever way is best suited to the individual. Staff are empowered to set up clubs and teams in areas which they are particularly passionate. To date, FinTrU’s staff led clubs include GAA, football, yoga, walk and talk, high intensity interval training and fishing to name just a few!
FinTrU CEO, Darragh McCarthy said; “TrU Wellness has been a wonderful initiative that has really impacted FinTrU’s already thriving culture. The HR team in conjunction with the Health Champions across the business have designed a robust annual plan that has attracted significant interest and participation from our employees. This along with other people related initiatives is ensuring that FinTrU continues to develop a first-class employee experience that enables us to attract and retain the best talent in our business.”
The employee driven culture also plays its role in creating and organising events for charity partner, Include Youth. In the past 12 months, almost £20,000 was raised through events aimed at fundraising, including 65 of the team running the Belfast Marathon, and knowledge sharing such as interview skills sessions. Paddy Mooney, Include Youth Director said “Our relationship with FinTrU began as a corporate sponsorship, but very quickly grew into a corporate partnership. We have gained much more than financial assistance from this relationship”.
This type of work culture is a priority for FinTrU and represents a unique, diverse and supportive framework that gives everyone the opportunity to succeed both in their career and personal lives.
Founded in December 2013, FinTrU is a multi-award winning financial services company that is committed to giving local talent the opportunity to work on a global stage with the largest international investment banks. FinTrU provides its clients with high quality, cost-effective, near-shore resourcing solutions. FinTrU’s products are: Legal, Risk, Compliance, KYC, Operations and Consultancy. Its clients are all Tier 1 Investment Banks based in London, New York, Tokyo, Frankfurt and Paris. FinTrU currently employs 330 staff at its two Belfast city centre offices and Derry/Londonderry.