Ceridian in Glasgow
With the Commonwealth Games now well underway, and millions of people focusing their attention on Glasgow, we thought it only right to do the same.
Ceridian opened its first operation in Scotland in 2000 after acquiring Glasgow based Advanced Payroll Services (APS). In 2010 we completed a three year programme of office consolidations, moving from five smaller linked sites in Hillington, to the brand new, purpose-built building in Braehead; a move which was supported by a substantial contribution from the Scottish Enterprise.
The building is named SONAS. In Gaelic it means good fortune, prosperity, passion, success, enjoyment and happiness. If you ever have the opportunity to visit, check out the meeting rooms…
The move to SONAS enabled us to move our colleagues to a bright, modern environment, as well as create many new jobs in the process. Since 2007, employee numbers have risen from around 80 people to the current headcount of 280, with space to expand further.
The location hosts over 30 business functions including international services, customer support, HR shared services, IT operations, product development and our EAP team, LifeWorks.
Growing SONAS in the future
In support of future growth plans at our SONAS location, the Scottish Government announced funding earlier this year from the Scottish Development International (SDI).
This investment will enable Ceridian to increase its technology development skills from the Scottish base. One of the original reasons for choosing Glasgow as a base for growth and development was the high number of local educational establishments, particularly the universities.
Supporting the local community
Ceridian’s own registered charity, PayBack, supports grants for children who have physical, emotional or learning difficulties and live or go to school within 10 miles of our offices.
In 2013, 21 grants totalling over £19,000 were given to children in the Glasgow area for equipment ranging from computers to trikes, car seats and wheelchairs.
Our Glasgow colleagues are keen fundraisers, and are always coming up with new challenges, often making the most of the challenging Scottish terrain to raise money. In July 2013, 18 colleagues undertook ‘Tour D’ecosse’, a 120 mile cycle ride from Oban to Glasgow raising £5,000.
This year, we’ve already seen a group of 14 colleagues complete the Rob Roy Running Relay, a route that comprised of 110km, 15 stages, in 12 hours.
On Saturday 9 August 25 colleagues will be taking on a new challenge, nicknamed Summit2Sonas. The event comprises of three parts: a 3196ft Climb of Ben Lomond, a 7mile open canoe over Loch Lomond, and a 30mile cycle back to SONAS. We wish them the best of luck!
Ceridian at the Commonwealth Games
With the Commonwealth Games on our doorstep, it felt only right to get tickets for our colleagues to attend an event. Unfortunately we couldn’t get tickets for everyone, so instead held a three day sports competition at SONAS, aptly named ‘Games4Games’ for colleagues to win tickets.
14 teams of four competed in a number of different challenges, including an obstacle course and relay challenges that were based on school day sports (think beanbag on the head and skipping).
Special congratulations go the winners ‘The Terminators’ – Norman MacDonald, Laura Coleman, Grant Brown and Anthony McCann who fought back from only 1 point on day one to a winning score of 38 points. See if you can spot them in the crowd on Friday 1 August watching the diving!