We look back on 2017

By on December 22nd, 2017

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Bell & Company reminisce about the year that has passed…

2017 has been a mammoth year for the team here at Bell & Company. As a business, we continue to reach new heights. If we reminisce back to 2016, we remember huge, breaking news, like BREXIT, Donald Trump’s rise to power, Leicester City winning the Premier League to name a few. In 2017, we are 9 years on from the property market downturn of 2008, and we continue to be contacted by those suffering financial difficulty.

The Gala Ball

Earlier in 2016 Bell & Company decided, by unanimous agreement, to select NSPCC NI as charity of the year. Throughout the year, we have strived to carry out as many fundraising events as we possibly can. From dress down days, to our Gala Ball in March, which raised £10,000. The monies raised at the gala ball, and other events NSPCC NI run every year, have a huge impact on the children, adults and families the charity supports.

Terry Bell, Director at Bell & Company, said: “Everyone in attendance had a fantastic time and it was a truly memorable night. Words can’t even express how delighted we are with the funds raised. It costs the charity £12,000 a day to run its NSPCC helpline so the funds raised by our team will contribute greatly ”

Belfast Business Awards

On Friday 26th May 2017,  Bell and company were crowned winners of Customer Service Excellence, Professional Business Service at the Belfast Business Awards hosted by  Belfast Chamber of Commerce.  The category saw fierce competition from industry leaders which further solidifies the achievement in winning. The annual, highly coveted awards ceremony is firmly established as a benchmark for excellence in today’s competitive business environment.

Helping our clients

Financially, a huge story in 2017 was when The Irish Times recently reported that the private equity firm Cerberus, ironically named after the mythical three-headed dog guarding the gates of Hades, was moving forward in potentially purchasing some of AIB’s loan book. Here at Bell & Company, we have handled a number of cases where our client had issues surrounding loan sales, and we expect they won’t be the last.

In 2017, we celebrated our 7th year in business. We recognised that throughout these 7 years we have saved our clients up to 85 million pounds.

A word from our Directors

Amanda Bell – “Winning our Belfast Business Award was my personal highlight for 2017, it was great to have our whole team recognised for the excellent customer service they deliver on the daily. A bonus was the amazing feedback we received from the company who conducted the mystery calls for the awards, where we scored 100%!  – For next year we want to continue to provide outstanding financial solutions and ideas for clients, but also maintain the positive working environment that we have here at Bell & Company. Our team motivate one and other allowing all to develop professionally and personally, to meet their own goals”

Terry Bell – “What will 2018 have in store for Bell & Company? On a personal note, we will be changing our Belfast location and leaving our offices on Rosemary Street. We also hope that the banks can continue to have a pragmatic approach to negotiation, and we can continue to develop excellent working relationships. This year we have raised in excess of £13,000 for the NSPCC, and we would like to see this figure exceeding £20,000 by the end of 2018.”

With 2018 just round the corner, we look forward to what comes our way

Our offices will be closed until Tuesday the 2nd of January 2018. We will have sporadic access to emails and live chat throughout the holiday break. Any queries, contact [email protected] and we will endeavour to get back to you as soon as possible.

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