“Sharing” in Foster’s Daily Democrat

The following piece appeared in the May 6, 2011 issue of Foster’s Daily Democrat in the Letters to the Editor section. It was originally released as a Press Release.


To the editor: Kingswood Leasing has taken advantage of the “Return to Work” program and has successfully added five employees to our staff.

On Monday, April 17, we had the chance to share our success with the Seacoast business community. Our president, Clifford Metcalfe Jr. was invited to join in a discussion about the state program “Back to Work” with Mrs. Sarah Morrissey of N.H. Somersworth unemployment, Mr. Timothy Dabrieo and Ms. Janine Parsons of the Greater Portsmouth Chamber of Commerce, and hosted by Mark Miller.

The Return to Work program takes “The Fear of Hiring” out of bringing on new staff members. This program gives the employee and the employer time to work together and become orientated in advance with the position and its responsibilities.

For up to six weeks the potential employee can work and be trained with no cost to the employer (even workers’ compensation is paid for by the state). The employee continues to receive unemployment benefits and if it does not work out, parting is easy and painless on both parties.

The stigma of hiring from the unemployment pool is a thing of the past. Each of the nine state unemployment offices has a representative like Morrissey who will work with the employer to prescreen applicants and find the right candidate for the job. They then go through the interview process, as you normally would. When you decide on a candidate, you get to observe them and start training them for 24 hours a week for up to six weeks.

Kingswood Leasing went through dozens of prescreened resumes and interviewed 4-5 people per position. We had a few come through first that we tried out and it just did not work. As said, on the show, anyone can act a certain way to impress an employer during the interview, but it is hard to keep up that act for 6 weeks without the truth showing through. While we do not want to disclose by name the employees who came to us through this program, the five staff members are doing a great job and two are approaching their anniversary.

As businesses approach new hiring today, I cannot stress enough how this takes the “fear” out of making the wrong choice. Info on this state program can be found on the web at www.nh.gov/nhes/nhworking/ReturntoWork.htm.

Kingswood Leasing has been helping small businesses grow for 20 years and is the premier lease broker. Find out more about them at www.KingswoodLeasing.com.

Strategic Partnership

Kingswood Leasing is proud to announce that we are now a Strategic Partner with the New Hampshire Lodging and Restaurant Association. As such, you’ll be seeing our name more often in their publications and functions. We’ll be at the Member Mixer  May 24th at the Portsmouth Gas Light, hope to see you there!

Seacoast Business Connection Radio Show

Tune in to Monday’s “Just Business” show on WSEC, Portsmouth Community Radio. We’re talking to NH Employment Security’s Sarah Morrissey who’ll tell us about the Return to Work Initiative – the “no strings attached” opportunity for business owners to work with a potential candidate. We’ll also talk to Cliff Metcalfe of Kingswood Leasing to learn about his experience with the program. See you then!

KLI In Foster’s Daily Democrat

Kingswood Leasing supports Dover Children’s Home

Saturday, April 2, 2011

DOVER — The Dover Children’s Home has been dedicated to enriching the lives of adolescents for over a century. Recent economic hardships have made each year a struggle.

Kingswood Leasing moved to Dover from Wolfeboro in July of 2010. Upon hearing about Dover Children’s Home, owner Clifford Metcalfe, Jr. offered to step in and assist in whatever ways he could. He began by donating gift cards last Christmas, participating in their fundraising events, and now launching a campaign to rally the community around this great institution.

Beginning April 1, a percentage of all Dover-based leases booked through Kingswood Leasing will be donated back to the Children’s Home. As a part of the campaign, Kingswood Leasing will purchase advertising and send marketing pieces out regarding this effort.

Kingswood Leasing encourages others to participate in the Children’s Home fundraisers or make tax-deductible donations online at www.DoverChildrensHome.org. Businesses interested in participating in lease donation can head to www.KingswoodLeasing.com or call 603-516-5222 and ask to speak with Cliff Metcalfe Jr.


We are happy to now be an Allied Member of the New Hampshire Lodging & Restaurant Association. We look forward to working with all of their members during the coming months.

KLI Joins the Better Business Bureau

BBB Rating

Based on BBB files, this business has a BBB Rating of A+ on a scale from A+ to F.

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  • Response to 1 complaint(s) filed against business.
  • Resolution of complaint(s) filed against business.
  • BBB has sufficient background information on this business.

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