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Our History

In 2004, our Executive Team was responsible for creating one of the very first electronic individual Anti-Money Laundering (AML) verification service in response to the 2004 Money Laundering Regulations. In those early days, the Regulating Bodies and many organisations did not recognise electronic identification as a viable alternative to documents such as passports, driving licenses and utility bills. How things have changed; today electronic verification is widely recognised by Regulators, Product Providers, Professional Bodies and User Organisations alike as probably the most reliable, secure and efficient source of information for identity solutions.

Fast forward to present day and we have created a unique platform that delivers Anti-Money Laundering (AML) searches and verifications on individuals and businesses across the UK and International Markets, including automatic Sanction & PEP screening. We have an inbuilt range of daily monitoring, email alert systems and real-time information management, from which we deliver biography, adverse media and photographic evidence in response to “alerted events”. Automated Enhanced Due Diligence (EDD) functionality deals with the majority of Sanction & PEP alerts with no requirement for end user intervention. Our principal data partners are Experian and Equifax which are both global information services companies. These long standing relationships provide us with the deepest data coverage across the UK Market and comprehensive coverage in most International Markets. Our automatic Sanction and PEP screening is supported by another global information business, Dow Jones. Their Factiva Watch List which we host incorporates over 1,100 worldwide watch list data sources to support Sanction & PEP screening and Daily Monitoring services.

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Our Mission Statement

To protect people and businesses globally from money laundering and fraud.

Our "can do" philosophy and our ability to rapidly develop new advanced features is key to being the “Leading Service Provider" in this Marketplace, delivering the most comprehensive AML verification, Sanction & PEP screening platform.
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SmartSearch VOS

At SmartSearch we have a clear Vision, Objectives and Strategy to ensure we remain the market-leading AML solution in the UK.

Our Vision is that: SmartSearch will make the digital compliance revolution accessible to all by becoming the global leader in delivering the most trusted, complete, seamless customer journey.

We have clear objectives that focus on our Customers, Product, Brand, People and Process.

Our 5 key strategies focus on all elements of the business, helping with the continued growth of SmartSearch to what we are today.

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Our Values

Inclusive: We are a family which succeeds together

Honest: We can be ourselves and know what we stand for

Bold: We challenge, lead change and dare to be different

Smart: We work hard to make smart choices

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What is it like to work at SmartSearch?

SmartSearch started in offices in Guiseley and then in March 2018 moved to our newly built offices in Ilkley. Our offices are open, spacious and bright, offering a fantastic working space for all our employees. Before moving to the offices in Ilkley, SmartSearch sought employee views and opinions as to how they would like the new offices to look and what facilities they would like to be available. We therefore have great working spaces with lots of breakout areas to meet with colleagues or work in a quiet space.

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We have an onsite gym and amazing breaktime leisure facilities, including pool table, table tennis, table football and gaming area. In their lunch breaks our employees can be as active as they like, chat with their colleagues, or sit in a comfy seat and read a book.

SmartSearch Directors and Management are keen to ensure all employees have a good work/life balance and this is felt by all employees, which means we have a dedicated and hardworking team; one that appreciates how SmartSearch offer a fantastic working environment and reward its people well for the work they do.

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Social Responsibility

SmartSearch are a reasonably sized employer in Ilkley and are keen to support local events and charities. We currently sponsor Ilkley’s tennis and rugby teams, and we are also a sponsor at Leeds United Football Club. The main charities we support are Macmillan and Cancer Research. We are keen to employ people from the local area where this is possible.

We are proud to support:
  • LUFC
  • Macmillan Cancer Support
  • Cancer Research UK

SmartSearch offer a fantastic benefits package including

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Generous holiday allowance which goes up on length of service
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Contributory pension scheme
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Private Medical scheme
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Life Insurance
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Onsite gym

Learning & Development

SmartSearch is a fast growing organisation which offers great opportunities for progression for our people. We hold regular performance reviews to ascertain people's ability to progress either within their existing team or to other teams within the business and actively support our employees with their learning and development to reach their full potential.

Development opportunities can take the form of mentoring, stretch objectives, shadowing, secondments, e-learning, bespoke learning & development events

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SmartSearch is a pioneering company when it comes to looking after the well-being of its staff. Quarterly well-being days are planned which provide activities from spending time with therapy dogs, pottery painting or yoga whilst in the office.

Other incentives include a free ice cream van, bake sales and dress-down days on fridays.

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SmartSearch reward their employees in many different ways. In additional to financial rewards, the company offer many social events including trips to the races, meals out, team building events, Award evenings, charity and sporting events, pizza lunches, team games, Employee of the Month and Quarter Awards, as well as fun games and activities as team rewards for performance.

If teams and the business are meeting their objectives, there are opportunities for employees to decide their own rewards; this may be a spa day, car driving experiences, a weekend away, cocktail making events, cookery courses.

If you are competitive in nature we also have internal pool, fifa and table tennis tournaments!

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Our current job opportunities

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We are always looking for talented individuals to join our growing team, who are able to demonstrate a high level of motivation and a positive attitude.

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