Age Scotland marks first year at its Glasgow base
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.