FORMER and current employees headed to a bank’s Solihull headquarters to celebrate the company’s 50th anniversary.
Over 80 people from across the UK, who worked for BNP Paribas Personal Finance UK at the Solihull offices pre-2000, united at its headquarters to not only share their memories of the past, but also be thanked for their dedication to the business, their part in its success, and a celebration of the future.
Guests were treated to a flick through the history books as the business shared highlights from across its 50-year past.
There was a special anniversary cake and a giant memory board for colleagues to write down their highlights of working for the company.
BNP Paribas Personal Finance UK’s chief executive, Stephen Hunt, shared: “We couldn’t imagine a more fitting way to celebrate our 50th year than welcoming back colleagues to say thank you for what they’ve done for us, recognise some of the early pioneers who laid the foundations for our success and hear their fond memories of life at the company, especially from when we started as a store card business.
“Lots of people hadn’t seen each other for years but, within minutes, it was like everyone still worked together.
“Today, we’re a leader in retail finance and have expanded into motor finance and home improvement by delivering responsible solutions. This success is all thanks to our brilliant colleagues.”
Among the guests were a mother, Gill Scranage, and her two daughters, Corinne Price and Lisa Scranage. As Corinne’s son is also currently completing a university placement year in IT, that is three generations of the same family employed by the company at different time periods from 1983 to date.
BNP Paribas Personal Finance UK started out in 1973 as Selfridges Finance Limited and has become a provider of consumer finance solutions, through its consumer brand Creation.