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Two more local bank branches to go by June

Posted on Friday 16th February 2018 at 9:19 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of the outside of Barclays Bank, Patchway. Photo of the outside of NatWest Bank, Winterbourne.

Local residents wishing to make use of over-the-counter facilities at high street banks will find themselves with a further reduced choice later this year as another two branches close for good.

The Barclays branch on the east side of Gloucester Road, Patchway has been temporarily closed since June 2017 when it suffered damage as a result of a fire in an adjoining takeaway.

Uncertainty over its future was brought to an abrupt end in early January when the bank announced in a letter to customers that the branch “will not be reopening”.

The letter added:

“The decision to close a branch is never an easy one; however, we were finding that prior to the fire, fewer customers had been using the branch to do their everyday banking. Taking into consideration the alternative ways to bank that are available in the area, we have made the decision not to reopen the branch.”

The news comes just a month after NatWest announced that its branch on Winterbourne High Street was one of 197 selected for closure around the country.

A spokesman for RBS group (of which NatWest is part) said that the move was in response to more of its customers using online services.

“More and more of our customers are choosing to do their everyday banking online or on mobile.”

“Since 2014, the number of customers using our branches across the UK has fallen by 40 percent and mobile transactions have increased by 73 percent over the same period.”

The NatWest Winterbourne branch is schedule to close on 6th June 2018.

Both banks point out that their customers may access everyday banking services through local post offices.

More: Councillor calls for Barclays to open branch in Bradley Stoke »

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Santander agency celebrates first anniversary

Posted on Wednesday 21st December 2011 at 9:19 am by SH (Editor)

Santander Bradley Stoke - first anniversary

The Santander agency at Bradley Stoke’s Willow Brook Centre has marked the first anniversary of its opening by inviting customers to enjoy a piece of celebration cake.

The event also saw the agency’s 1,000th and 1,001st customers, Kiera Hancock (9) and Aaron Hancock (6), rewarded with a special bonus added to their savings accounts.

Claire Richard, Agency Principal, told The Journal:

“We were delighted to invite customers to join us in celebrating our one year anniversary with Santander.”

“Our partnership with Santander has enabled us to continue to support the local community with a banking service and provide customers with access to arrange of highly competitive products to help meet their financial needs.”

“We look forward to many years of working closely with Santander to meet the needs of our customers.”

Photo (L-R): Stephen Hanks (Agency Principal), Lauren Marshall (Team Leader), customers Kiera & Aaron Hancock and Mark Collar (Regional Manager, Santander Agencies) prepare to cut the celebration cake.

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