At MarketFinance one of our company values is #1Team1Dream – and that’s a team made up of talent spread across Europe. The current war in Ukraine is of course hugely concerning for us all and completely devastating. It’s particularly concerning for team members who live in affected regions and we want to help them as much as we can right now. We’re committed to supporting individuals and families impacted by the atrocities as well as our own team that’s hit hard by instability and economic uncertainty. We’ve summarised our actions below and will continue to review how best we can make a difference.

SUPPORTING OUR CURRENT TEAM – PAYING SALARIES EARLY AND SPONSORING VISAS

Last Friday we made the fast decision to prepay all salaries to MarketFinance employees in affected regions until the end of May this year. We made this call to ease the impact of disruptions and sanctions to banking and payment systems. It’s clear this war is not supported by the majority of Russian people and we’ll do everything in our power to support our team in these regions. They’re now suffering huge economic uncertainty as their country is cut off from the world and we want to lighten concerns for them. As a result we’re also actively sponsoring any UK visa applications for our team that live in affected regions who are looking to relocate to the UK.

IMMEDIATE IMPACT – DONATING

We’re donating 10% of our new revenue this month to the Disasters Emergency Committee's Ukraine Humanitarian appeal. They’re helping to get essential supplies to families fleeing the war. Funds will go to providing food, water, shelter and healthcare. We’re donating 50% of our projected fees this month immediately and topping up at the end of March. You can find out more about the appeal and how to donate if you’d like to here. We’ll review how best to continue to support in the coming months.

MEDIUM-TERM IMPACT – SUPPORTING REFUGEES FINDING WORK IN UK

Many people leaving Ukraine and other affected areas are looking for safer places to live and new jobs to support themselves. We’re partnering with Talent Beyond Boundaries, a charity that specialises in recruiting highly skilled people who have had to escape their countries. MarketFinance is a UK-government accredited visa sponsor and we have a talent pool made up of people from different geographies. We hope to evolve this even more and are also working with tech recruitment platform Hackajob to help people in Russia and Ukraine whose jobs have been affected by the crisis find new ones.

This won’t have the instant impact that our donations will, but it has a longer term impact for those who make their way to the UK. If you’re interested in learning more about the organisation and ways to get involved you can find out more here.

OUR CONTINUED SUPPORT

We remain very committed to our great talent working remotely in Eastern Europe and Russia. We’ll continue to review our response to the war in Ukraine and the uncertainty felt by our team.