Progressive Building Society recognises the importance of talented people within

Progressive Building Society's Lucy Spence pictured at the launch of the Irish News Workplace & Employment Awards. Photo: Hugh Russell
Emma Deighan

PROGRESSIVE Building Society prides itself on putting its staff and members at the heart of everything it does and recognises the importance of talented people within an organisation.

That's why it recognises the value of the Workplace & Employment Awards in celebrating local staff and sees its sponsorship of the event as a natural fit for the Society.

Declan Moore, operations director at the Society, said: “At Progressive we recognise the value of our staff to the business and the need to reward them for their dedication to the business.

“As Northern Ireland's largest locally owned financial institution, we are dedicated to supporting other local businesses and celebrating in their success. That's why we are so passionate about supporting the Irish News Workplace & Employment Awards.”

Progressive Building Society is a diverse organisation, spanning most major towns and cities in Northern Ireland. It has played a positive role in Northern Irish society since its inception in 1914.

As one of a small minority of female chief executives in Northern Ireland, Darina Armstrong from the Society is passionate about encouraging her staff to undergo continual training and development to be the best that they can be in their careers, while maintaining a good work-life balance.

This approach ensures staff are committed and loyal to the Society, ensuring that the needs of its members are met, and that the high standards of customer service Progressive is known for are maintained and surpassed.

Declan added: “Progressive aims to create a workspace that enables people to flourish and be the best they can be by empowering them and ensuring that everyone recognises the importance and impact of teamwork and inclusion.

“Our staff understand how their role fits into the workings of the organisation and the benefits of coming together as a unit to provide an exemplary service to our members.

“There is a strong team culture in place within the Society – it is a case of maximising efforts to achieve the very best results to help our customers in achieving their housing and savings goals as well as contributing, in a small way, to building our local society for current and future generations to come.

“There is no doubt that our people make Progressive a great place to work and with 180 staff working across Northern Ireland, we firmly believe that nurturing employees' well-being ultimately breeds success, enabling us to broaden our talent pool by attracting and retaining the very best people.

“We are very much looking forward to celebrating the best talent Northern Ireland has to offer at the awards night and we wish all entrants the best of luck.”

:: Entries for the 2020 Irish News Workplace & Employment Awards will remain open until Tuesday April 28 with the finalists being announced on Thursday May 14. More details at Follow us on Twitter at @irishnewsWEA

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