Bank re-opens with a new look

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - What’s On -

An Ash­ford town cen­tre bank has re-opened with a new look.

The Bri­tan­nia Build­ing So­ci­ety, in Bank Street, has been re-branded as a Co-op­er­a­tive Bank, fol­low­ing the merger of the two or­gan­i­sa­tions nearly five years ago. Both cus­tomers who hold ac­counts with Bri­tan­nia, and the Co-op­er­a­tive, will now be able to visit the new-look bank, which opened last week.

The Co-op­er­a­tive Bank, part of The Co-op­er­a­tive Fi­nan­cial Ser­vices, ac­quired Bri­tan­nia in 2009, and spent the fol­low­ing years in­te­grat­ing the two or­gan­i­sa­tions.

Spokes­woman Lauren Hoult, from the bank­ing group, said: “As part of our plans an­nounced in Jan­uary 2013 to unify our high street branch net­work un­der one sin­gle Co-op­er­a­tive Bank brand, our Ash­ford branch has been re-branded as a Co-op­er­a­tive Bank branch.

“As part of the staged in­te­gra­tion of Bri­tan­nia, over the course of the last year we have been mak­ing changes to the ap­pear­ance and ser­vices of­fered in our branches in or­der to in­tro­duce a con­sis­tent cus­tomer ex­pe­ri­ence.

“Cus­tomers hold­ing both Bri­tan­nia and Co-op­er­a­tive Bank prod­ucts can serve th­ese in our Ash­ford branch.

In Novem­ber, Co-op­er­a­tive an­nounced plans to close 50 branches across the coun­try. So far, none of the seven Kent branches – in Ash­ford, Chatham, Cran­brook, Dart­ford, Maid­stone, Sevenoaks and Tun­bridge Wells – has been ear­marked for clo­sure.

The new-look Co-op­er­a­tive Bank in Ash­ford town cen­tre

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