No matter how old you are the start of September always seems to subconsciously signify a new start, perhaps having been ingrained in us from our school years.
This September certainly felt like a fresh new start for our Head Office team as not only did we return to the office after 5 months of working from home but we also moved into a brand new office.
At the start of September Renew Financial Management took a 10 year lease at 33 Grey Street, which in 2002 was voted as the ‘best street in the UK’ by Radio 4 listeners.
Grey Street was built in the 1830s and it’s history is steeped with bankers and financiers all working from this prestigious base, it was a natural choice for Renew Financial Management having previously been based on the banks of the River Tyne at Newcastle Business Park.
Louise Potts, Operations Director for Renew Financial Management said “the need for a larger office came about long before the unfortunate arrival of Covid-19, since December 2019 our Head Office function has doubled and we were becoming very shy on space at our original office. Negotiations for the lease began in March and proved timely as the need for social distancing soon became a key factor in our return to work plans. Being in the city centre of Newcastle Upon Tyne makes a perfect base for once we are able to safely welcome visitors again and hopefully in the not so distant future our team can enjoy the city centre leisure and shopping opportunities that we now have on our doorstep”
The Renew Financial Management Head Office function consists of a 10-member Senior Management Team including the Managing Director Colin Potts, Operations Director Louise Potts and General Manager Eden Fahy.
The remaining positions on the SMT are comprised of Mortgage Director, Mortgage Compliance Director, Finance Manager, Customer Experience Manager, Compliance Team Manager and our Remote Compliance & Training Manager who we will be sharing more information about over the coming weeks.
As well as the SMT the Grey Street office is also home to
- 9 Compliance Managers
- Administration Team
- Social Media Assistant
As well as being a great base for our Renew Life operation, Grey Street is also the perfect location to grow our ever expanding mortgage division Renew Advice. Being in the city centre is perfect for our mortgage clients to attend meetings and we look forward to holding some mortgage open days once it is Covid safe to do so.
In the meantime we continue to work safely from our new home and look forward to many happy years here protecting families, growing futures and creating employment for the North East.
Did you know we have a sister company Renew Advice?
Renew Advice specialises in mortgage and protection advice and is ran by our Mortgage Director Dean Lowdon.
Dean works out of our Head Office in Newcastle Upon Tyne and has over 15 year’s experience of providing mortgage and protection advice all over the North East of England.
Live further afield? No problem at all – Dean helps several families with remote advice via phone, email and Zoom so distance is not an issue.
We guarantee that by choosing Renew Advice you will receive…
- A step by step guide through the home buying process
- A complete advice and recommendation service from our Financial Advisers who have over 50 years combined experience
- Access to a wide range of mortgage products from a panel of high street lenders
- Protection advice to keep you, your family and home safe
You can also rest assured that you will be receiving…
- A friendly local face to face service from a Newcastle based family run company
- A dedicated point of contact to handle your case
- Face to face visits in your own home or at our office if you prefer
- Telephone, email and Zoom advice at any time
- A friendly service, that is big enough to get results but small enough to genuinely care
You will always be treated fairly…
- Fair treatment is not only ingrained in our culture but is something the Financial Conduct Authority require us to adhere to at all times
- The products we market are designed to meet our clients demands and needs
- We will always provide you with clear information, keep in touch with you and support you during your financial journey with us
- Our advice is always based on your demands and needs
- All the products we arrange for you will be as described in the literature you are provided
- We do not impose any unreasonable restriction on customers wishing to change product or provider
As a family run business it is very important that all of the Renew team understand and demonstrate our all-important company values in every aspect of their daily role, our values are
- We care
- We deliver
- We improve
- We achieve together
- We maintain a sense of fun
Our values are so important to us that we reward our team members with Values Awards whenever they have been identified and recognised as going out their way to demonstrate a commitment to the values.
If you would like specialist mortgage and protection advice from our sister company don’t hesitate to get in touch with us!
We are pleased to announce that we now have a dedicated Customer Experience Manager who is able to assist you with the FREE process of placing your Life Insurance policy into a Flexible Trust.
The majority of customers will benefit from putting their Life Insurance policy into a Flexible Trust which is completely free and provides you with additional peace of mind that;
- You are in full control of your policy and wishes
- Your policy pays out to the right people that you have chosen
- Your policy pays out set amounts to certain individuals if desired
- Your policy is paid out without delays
Furthermore, a Trust could avoid Inheritance Tax costs and also avoids Probate meaning your beneficiaries will receive their pay out far faster than having no Flexible Trust in place which can often mean an average waiting period of 3 months.
By taking some time to place your Life Insurance policy into a Flexible Trust you are guaranteeing your wishes and making a difficult time for your family easier and more straight forward.
It really is the final step to protecting your family’s future.
Don’t forget Flexible Trusts are totally free and easy to arrange. Simply follow the 3 steps below…
1. Carefully read the Flexible Trust documents posted to you
2. Complete the documents in full
3. Return the forms directly to your Insurance provider
Should you require any assistance or would like your Flexible Trust forms resending, please contact Lauren Robbie our Customer Experience Manager directly, on 0333 3441 517.
Please do be aware though that Trusts are legal documents and because we do not offer legal advice, you may benefit from seeking independent legal guidance around trusts and Inheritance Tax if required.
Enjoy added peace of mind and don’t hesitate to get in touch.
Lou Potts here – Operations Director at Renew Life!
I wanted to let you all know how proud I am of how Renew Life responded to the biggest challenge us, and most of the country, has ever faced – Covid-19 and Lockdown.
Covid-19 certainly provided some challenges to our business and after an initial few days of uncertainty around transferring our entire operation to a work from home model we began to settle into our new way of working with ease and comfort ensuring we were all safe but still able to provide services to our clients and of course employment to our team members.
During lockdown we have been protecting around 500 families per week with Life Insurance and other protection products, but we were mindful that with no return to the office date in mind that we would need to ensure that our teams still felt connected and valued.
If you already know us here at Renew Life you will know that our values are at the heart of all we do, our values are;
- We Care
- We Deliver
- We Improve
- We Maintain a Sense of Fun
- We Achieve Together
- We wanted to ensure that during lockdown we still embraced these values and felt together as team even though we were all apart, and so began our Target £10k mission….
During our 2nd week of working from home the country had begun to show their thanks to the NHS with the weekly doorstep clap ritual, the movement was overwhelming and emotional and as part of our We Care value we felt compelled to show our support to the heroes working on the frontline of the Covid-19 crisis.
We set ourselves a target to raise £10,000 for NHS Charities Together and swiftly communicated our mission to all our teams from Newcastle to Swansea to ensure we were all living our We Deliver value of ensuring we met our target.
During the following weeks we held our We Maintain a Sense of Fun value close to our hearts and began congregating together by the power of Zoom to socialise and participate in concerts, quizzes and bingo! By charging an ‘entry fee’ to the events we began to see our fundraising gather momentum!
Our Remote Compliance Manager, Keith Swinbank gave PT Barnum a run for his money and became our very own Greatest Showman by hosting and comparing every Zoom gathering!
Keith wowed us with his acoustic guitar and singing performances to bingo and quiz master abilities! To show our gratitude to Keith we will be awarding him with one of our Values Ambassadorship roles of We Maintain a Sense of Fun Ambassador which we are looking forward to celebrating as part of our office reunion at some point in the near future.
Alongside our social events, management from Renew Life and our Appointed Representative Smart Protect, donated £1 per family protected which generated hundreds of pounds worth of donations each week.
We began our mission on Easter Monday and in only 4 weeks we raised over our £10,000 target!
We celebrated our achievement, alongside Renew Life’s 2nd birthday with a birthday quiz finale.
The pride of witnessing us ‘Achieve Together’ will stick with me forever and I am truly grateful to work alongside such thoughtful and caring friends.
Long live Team Renew!
That’s for all now – but do keep a look out for me sharing more of our news and achievements!