Clearpay Partners With Smart Works To Support Economic Opportunities For Women
Clearpay kicks off partnership by volunteering at Smart Works centres and supporting charity’s upcoming The Telegraph x Smart Works Fashion Sale
LONDON, November 02, 2022 — Clearpay, the leader in Buy Now, Pay Later (BNPL) payments, has partnered with leading UK charity Smart Works, which exists to give women the confidence they need to secure employment and change the trajectory of their lives. The new partnership will give even more women in the UK the tools to succeed and achieve their goals.
The partnership will kick off with Clearpay employees volunteering at Smart Works centres and at the charity’s upcoming event, The Telegraph x Smart Works Fashion Sale at Somerset House (November 19 – 20), which will welcome around 800 shoppers, with 100% of the proceeds going directly to Smart Works. As well as supporting the charity at this and other fashion sale events, Clearpay will give a financial contribution, and will organise employee fundraising activities and ongoing volunteering opportunities.
Rich Bayer, UK Country Manager at Clearpay, said: “Smart Works is Clearpay’s first charity partner in the UK and we are proud to work with an organisation that provides important emotional and practical support to women – giving them confidence, self-belief and the tools to succeed, so they can lift themselves out of unemployment. These important efforts exactly align with Clearpay’s mission to create financial freedom for all.”
Kate Stephens, Smart Works CEO, said: “Smart Works is a community dedicated to supporting and empowering unemployed women through the transformational power of coaching and clothing. We have ambitious plans to grow our service and double the number of women we help, reaching 10,000 per year by 2025. We are delighted to announce our partnership with Clearpay, whose generous support will be instrumental in helping us realise this goal. With a shared belief that fashion can be used as a force for good, we welcome Clearpay to our community and look forward to shaping an innovative partnership together.”
Smart Works uses the power of high-quality clothing and one-on-one coaching to help women see their true potential and be the best version of themselves at a crucial moment. Many of the women who come to the charity have experienced homelessness, domestic abuse, been out of work caring for a loved one or been unemployed for extended periods of time. The charity also assists refugees, and in recent months Smart Works has helped an increasing number of Ukrainian women.
Like Clearpay, Smart Works’ roots are in fashion. The charity believes in using fashion as a force for good, and partners with a number of British retailers including Burberry, M&S, Nicholas Kirkwood, Mother of Pearl, Hobbs, ME+EM and Whistles. These are just some of the brands that provide high-quality clothing for Smart Works to repurpose for those in need, also offering brands a sustainable outlet for excess stock.
The Smart Works service works in the following way:
- Smart Works receives referrals from organisations (including job centres, prison services, youth charities, domestic violence charities, refugee charities, homelessness charities).
- Once a client has been referred, they are invited to a one-hour dressing consultation to help find a high-quality interview outfit to fill them with confidence.
- This is followed by a one-to-one coaching session to give valuable interview preparation and unlock her potential.
- 72% of clients go on to get the job within one month of their Smart Works appointment.
- Once the client has got the job she is invited to a second dressing, where she will get an additional five pieces, for free, to create a capsule work wardrobe.
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- If a customer misses a payment, their account is paused so that they cannot accrue more debt or fall into revolving debt.
- Capped late fees apply for late payment instalments.
- Globally, 90% of Clearpay transactions are made with a debit card.
- Over the 12 months ended March 2022, 95% of instalments were paid on time and 98% of purchases incurred no late fees.
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About Smart Works
Created in September 2013 Smart Works exists to help unemployed women gain the confidence they need to succeed at interview, get the job and transform their lives. Thanks to the charity’s support in 2021, 72% of clients went on to get a job within one month of their Smart Works appointment. As well as providing complete outfits of high-quality clothes for job interviews, beneficiaries also have access to one-to-one interview training and the opportunity to join the Smart Works Network, meeting every month to further their professional and personal development. Over the next three years the charity aims to double the number of women it helps to 10,000 women a year. This will be done by deepening connections in the communities the charity already serves, opening new centres and providing a digital service for women in need all over the UK.
Smart Works Charity No: 1080609