GCMA Perks at Work and the Community Online Academy have been launched to huge fanfare From taking virtual fitness classes to making big savings on your online shopping, the GCMA Perks at Work programme is a membership benefit that you are going to want to take full advantage from. The platform launched to members last month and many have immersed themselves in the huge range of opportunities provided by what’s classed as the ‘ultimate members’ discount site’. It is all part of GCMA chief executive Tom Brooke’s desire to renew the Association’s focus and vision on membership services and investment in the professional, personal development, and wellbeing of members. “This is one of those benefits that is geared towards providing for you as an individual, rather than what it’s providing for you in your business life, and we want to get that balance and development in terms of our membership services,” he said. “The platform really looks after you in terms of wellbeing, health and fitness, mental health and, of course, there’s a financial benefit element to it as well. “It will be a really fantastic and high value addition to your GCMA membership.” So if you’ve yet to sign up, or couldn’t make the GCMA webinar last month which gave attendees a demo of the new platform, we’re here to fill you in on what you’re missing. What is Perks at Work? Your GCMA membership is now a vehicle to save money. You can search your favourite retailers and explore the offers available by using your GCMA Member Benefits account. Perks at Work allows you to earn WOWPoints on a dazzling array of products and services. These range from every day food shops, fashion, technology, utilities and days out. There are more than 3,500 brands featured and they include big firms like ASDA, John Lewis, Currys PC World and Just Eat. How do WOWpoints work? Once you’ve signed up, you should see the GCMA Perks at Work homepage. You can then click on the Benefits tab, where you will be able to browse both the Community Online Academy and Perks at Work sections. The latter uses an online currency called WowPoints. This is cashback and any WOWPoints earned through the site can be spent or redeemed as cash. So, for example, 5 x WOWPoints = 5% cashback. WowPoints can be used anywhere throughout the Perks at Work site – from purchasing cinema tickets to even a car – or it can be put back into your bank account. You’ll also be able to benefit from card linked offers, one-off deals, e-codes and using reloadable cards. Sometimes, you’ll have the option to take an immediate discount (say 5%, for example) on purchase of items through the site, or earn WOWPoints and the amounts you’ll earn or see returned can sometimes be different. You’ll need to weigh up and decide which benefit is more convenient to you at that particular moment in time. Friends and family can be invited through email...
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