Motorpoint gives away 15,000 hours to staff to pursue their dreams in last year

03 October 2019 Press Release

Motorpoint has given away over 15,000 paid hours to staff in the last 12 months to help them pursue their dreams

“We understand how challenging it can be to balance work and life sometimes and so we spoke with our teams and developed our ‘One Big Dream’ scheme . It’s proved to be a huge success with the vast majority of the team utilising those hours for everyth”

The UK’s leading independent car retailer, which has a network of branches throughout England, Scotland and Wales, launched its ‘One Big Dream’ scheme last September in order to ensure they were giving back to their team.

Since then over 90 per cent of employees at Motorpoint, which was recently named a Top 100 Company to Work For by Best Companies for a fifth successive year, have taken advantage of the benefit which allows staff to take up to two paid hours a month to do something that they love, which will increase their happiness levels and improve wellbeing.  Whether it’s learning to play a musical instrument, going to the gym, hair salon, spending time with friends, volunteering at a charity, watching a film, enjoying a relaxed school run and coffee with friends or after school park date with the kids, it doesn’t matter, as long as it is making them happy. In total, 625 days have been taken since the scheme launched in late September 2018 - the equivalent of 1.7 years.

Among those to utilise their ‘One Big Dream’ is Martin Lewis who spends his time as a Mentor for a charity called ‘Inside Out’ which supports people who have either been released or are in the process of being released from prison.

“I am extremely grateful to be given the time by Motorpoint to support my voluntary work with Inside Out,” explained Martin. “I am passionate about helping people succeed and having the extra hours to do just that makes all the difference.”

Cat Moseley, HR Director at Motorpoint, added: “We understand how challenging it can be to balance work and life sometimes and so we spoke with our teams and developed our ‘One Big Dream’ scheme last September. It’s proved to be a huge success with the vast majority of the team utilising those hours for everything from school pick ups and Harvest Festivals through to gym sessions and even dinner with a professional rugby player. Adding value to our employees outside of work is a key part of our employment offer. It’s a unique and versatile benefit that means something special to everyone, every time they use it.

“We’re already looking at ways in which we can improve ‘One Big Dream’ further as we head towards 2020 but it’s brilliant to see so many colleagues utilising this time to do some of the things that we sometimes don’t have the time to do and thoroughly enjoying themselves in the process.”

The ‘One Big Dream’ is just one of a range of benefits available to Motorpoint employees. Others include extra holiday days to support major life events such as birthdays, moving house or getting married. The company has also just launched a range of ‘Thank You’ cards with hidden treats inside them to give to staff who have gone that extra mile.

In addition, Motorpoint recently unveiled its own Charity Parking Scheme that will see staff at the company’s HQ raise £5,000 per annum for one of the company’s charitable partners by agreeing to pay £10 per month per person for a reserved parking space.