This section contains brief descriptions of our member organisations for the 2016-17 programme.
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Bank of Ireland

Bank of Ireland is a diversified Financial Services Group established in 1783 by Royal Charter. A traditional, relationship-driven retail and commercial bank with a conservative business philosophy, we have a clear and compelling strategy to:

  • Support our customers
  • Strengthen our capital
  • Continue to fund our balance sheet effectively
  • Actively manage our credit risks
  • Rigorously manage our cost


BOC is the largest provider of industrial, medical and special gases in the UK and Ireland.

In the UK and Ireland BOC has been producing atmospheric gases, including oxygen, nitrogen and argon for over 120 years. Its portfolio today includes thousands of different gases and mixtures, as well as related equipment and services.

Internationally BOC is a member of The Linde Group, a world leading gases and engineering company with almost 50,000 employees working in around 100 countries worldwide.

Global Payments

Global Payments specialises in card payment processing for customers ranging in size from owner-managed businesses to multinationals in every sector.We operate in over thirty eight countries and every year we process billions of transactions for over one million merchant locations worldwide.

By making continuous investments in our technology and processing capabilities, we ensure businesses of all sizes can access the most up to date payment technologies available. Our community of customers is growing every year and we help each one to navigate the rapidly changing world of payments.

Our terminals feature some of the most up-to-date technology in the industry, and we provide a gateway to alternative payment methods from Contactless cards to the latest near-field communication (NFC) enabled mobile phones, stickers and wristbands. Global Payments is a trading name of GPUK LLP, a limited liability partnership registered in England, with a Head Office in Leicester and offices in London.


We are the captive finance company and the wholly owned subsidiary of General Motors.

Our success is driven by strong, lasting relationships with our dealers and the customers we serve.

We always aim for excellence: as an employer, as a service provider and as a partner. Therefore we have built an unrivalled reputation in the world of finance solutions for the automotive industry. We were named ‘Captive Finance Company of the Year’ at the Motor Finance Europe Awards 2015.


Heathrow is the UK's premier international airport. From here, some 80 airlines fly direct to over 180 destinations worldwide.

On a daily basis, as measured in 2014, we handle an average of 1,290 air transport movements with 201,000 passengers arriving or departing.


L&Q is one of the UK's leading housing associations and one of London's largest residential developers. We own or manage over 70,000 homes in London and the South East.

We build high quality homes to meet a range of needs and incomes. We also provide other services for our residents, such as managing their homes and investing in local communities.

Lloyds Banking Group

We are a financial services group with millions of UK customers with a presence in nearly every community; we are familiar on the high street and with over 1 million businesses through our portfolio of brands.

Our business is focused on retail and commercial financial services. We thrive based on how well we serve our customers; on our relationships within the communities we serve; and on helping Britain prosper.

Make It Cheaper

We’ve been making switching and saving easy for Britain’s small to medium-sized businesses since 2007.

And the way we see it, if we’re not striving every day to make that even easier, we’re not fulfilling our purpose.

So what do we do? In a nutshell, our service takes the hassle out of shopping around for better deals on electricity, gas, insurance, merchant services and telecoms.

And even though we offer a specialised service for businesses, we also switch electricity and gas for Britain’s homeowners.

Mercedes Benz Financial Services

Mercedes-Benz Financial Services is one of the leading captive financial services providers in the world, operating in 40 countries as the global financial services provider for Daimler AG. Our core business is to provide financial services for customers and dealers, supporting the sales of Daimler products.

The Mercedes-Benz Financial Services business unit provides financing in the luxury car market for dealers’ inventories and retail customers.

Whether it is providing individual vehicle financing, equipment or capital loans to our dealers, helping a school district acquire school buses or helping a business obtain a fleet of vans, it is all part of what we do. Yet, with all that we offer, we make sure doing business with us is simple.

Microsoft Corporation

In the UK we share Microsoft’s global vision to empower every person and organisation to achieve more; but we also pursue a wide range of initiatives with particular resonance and relevance to the UK. From working responsibly and sustainably to ensuring that the technology we create makes life better - not just for our customers, partners and employees, but for everyone. That’s why we are constantly investing in three key areas:

  • In Education: We are born to learn.
    At Microsoft, we understand the real value of technology lies in the skills it builds, the opportunities it creates, and the horizons it broadens. That’s why we are empowering the education community with a wide range of products, services and programmes that help transform learning and make it more accessible.
  • In Business: We are driven to succeed.
    Whether supporting start-ups and SMEs, promoting apprenticeships though our Partner network, or reimagining business productivity in radical new ways, Microsoft UK is all about ensuring today’s workplace really does ‘work’ for everyone.
  • In Society: We are committed to people.
    In ensuring all our products, processes and practices are safe, secure and always accessible, we're proud to work with many leading charities, businesses and organisations committed to the same high ethical standards. These are just some of the ideals we champion in spirit and action.

Renault UK

It is more than 115 years since the first Renault cars were imported into the United Kingdom. Currently, Renault has experienced a resurgence through:

  • Presenting a refreshed range of vehicles such as Clio 4, all-new Twingo, and Captur crossover;
  • Launching the first Electric Vehicles range in the country in the UK;
  • Bringing Dacia to the UK shores in 2011, a brand that has been a massive hit with the public.

The brand is now focusing on what it does best: delivering innovative vehicles with a touch of French flair.

Scottish Water

We are a publicly owned company, answerable to the Scottish Parliament and the people of Scotland. It's our job to provide 1.34 billion litres of drinking water every day and take away 847 million litres of waste water daily.

Thames Water

We are the UK's largest water and wastewater services company. Every day, we supply around 2,600 million litres of tap water to 9 million customers across London and the Thames Valley. We also remove and treat more than 4 billion litres of sewage for 15 million customers.

Our desired customer experience is that:“Customers choose Thames Water because they trust us, we are easy to do business with and we really care.”