Clydesdale Bank reveals newly refurbished financial solutions centre in Ayr


Clydesdale Bank has just completed a major refurbishment of its Ayrshire Financial Solutions Centre in Ayr’s Alloway Street. Managing partner Willie Mackie says it is the biggest single refurbishment that the building has undergone in the last 20 years.



[ClickPress, Thu Nov 09 2006] Clydesdale Bank has just completed a major refurbishment of its Ayrshire Financial Solutions Centre in Ayr’s Alloway Street.

Managing partner Willie Mackie says it is the biggest single refurbishment that the building has undergone in the last 20 years.

Financial Solutions Centres were launched three years ago from a standing start as part of Clydesdale’s aggressive expansion in the South of England.

They operate under local managing partners, like Willie Mackie, with a high level of autonomy from head office.

Financial Solutions Centres offer a personal, bespoke banking service for business and private banking customers disenchanted with the off-the-shelf offerings available elsewhere.

Funding packages are individually designed by dedicated managers and signed-off locally, meaning quick decisions and processing for customers.

Customers of the centres are also able to use meeting rooms and technical facilities free of charge not only locally, but also across the Clydesdale and Yorkshire Bank UK network, with the Bank’s sales force also actively seeking new business opportunities for them.

Willie explains: “We like to call customers members, and they have privileges including networking facilities, internet access as part of what we like to think of more as a club.”

The commercial team in Ayrshire has recently been expanded with the recruitment of 3 new Business Partners.

These are Michael Brown (43), Neil McLean (37) and Brian Hemmings (26), all recruited from other banks.

Further expansion is planned within the Agricultural and Private banking teams.

All partners have their own areas of expertise, whether it be agricultural, commercial, wealth management or asset or invoice finance, and these are brought together to meet the particular financial requirements of each individual customer.

Willie Mackie concluded: “I am delighted both with the results of the refurbishment of the Ayrshire Financial Solutions Centre, and with the latest additions to our team”.

“It is great to see this level of investment coming into the region, showing that the Clydesdale Bank recognises the importance of the Ayrshire economy.”

ABOUT THE NATIONAL AUSTRALIA BANK GROUP

Clydesdale Bank plc is a subsidiary of the National Australia Bank Group of companies, an international financial services organisation that provides a comprehensive and integrated range of financial products and services through our group of banks. NAB is one of the world's top 30 financial services companies and as at 30 September 2005 had total assets of £180 billion. NAB serves 7.7 million banking customers and over 2.3 million wealth management customers. Globally, the National is organised around regional businesses in Australia, Asia, the United Kingdom and New Zealand. These regions include the retail bank brands, National Australia Bank in Australia, the Bank of New Zealand, and the Yorkshire Bank and Clydesdale Bank in the UK.

ABOUT THE GROUP IN EUROPE

In 1987, Clydesdale Bank PLC in Glasgow became a member of National Australia Bank Group, with Yorkshire Bank in Leeds joining the Group in 1990.

Clydesdale Bank was established in 1838 in Glasgow and has a proud history of innovation and support for Scottish industry and communities. With over 150 retail branches and a network of Financial Solutions Centres, Clydesdale is one of Scotland's largest banks. Clydesdale is currently expanding its operations into the South of England with its innovative Financial Solutions Centres, offering customers a highly integrated business and private banking service.

Yorkshire Bank was founded in 1859 in Halifax, West Yorkshire. Today, the Bank has more than 190 branches, a strong personal customer base and a growing business capability in the North of England and the Midlands.

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