Age Scot­land marks first year at its Glas­gow base

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AGE Scot­land En­ter­prises is mark­ing one year since the open­ing of its first of­fice in cen­tral Glas­gow. The so­cial en­ter­prise, which caters for those aged over 50 from its premises in Glass­ford Street, has seen the num­ber of walk-in en­quiries jump by 66%.

Gen­eral Man­ager Lo­gan Steele said: “Our prod­ucts and ser­vices are aimed at older peo­ple, peo­ple who are of­ten more in­clined to seek face-to-face ser­vice – par­tic­u­larly in re­la­tion to their fi­nances.

“Hav­ing a city cen­tre base has high­lighted how much de­mand there is for that per­sonal touch. We’ve had a man who trav­elled 22 miles in from La­nark­shire to dis­cuss his home pol­icy.

“Like so many oth­ers in this age group, his in­sur­ance was linked to his mort­gage provider as he had been un­der the im­pres­sion it was com­pul­sory even though this is not the case. By switch­ing he is sav­ing £260 a year.

“It un­der­lines the fact that there are op­por­tu­ni­ties to save but also that there is a sig­nif­i­cant sec­tion of the pub­lic that will only con­tem­plate switch­ing if they feel com­fort­able to do so. In many cases, that is through an abil­ity to talk it through with a ‘real’ per­son rather than just on­line or over the phone, which can be in­tim­i­dat­ing.

Where the En­ter­prises makes a sur­plus, net prof­its are gift aided back to the char­ity, Age Scot­land.

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