Britannia in Dorchester lends a hand to house hunters

November 29, 2010

People buying houses for the first time were given a helping hand by staff at the Britannia branch in Dorchester.

The branch on South Street hosted its first late-night Mortgage Clinic to help members of the public with queries relating to their home-loan.

Laura Cheffey, Branch Manager, said: “We mainly spoke to first time buyers, who are looking to get a foot on the property ladder. The current economic climate is making it difficult time for them to afford their first home, so we discussed the various options available to them.”

Britannia, part of The Co-operative Bank, offers a range of options to make properties more affordable for first time buyers, including shared ownership mortgages, which allows customers to part-buy their home.

They also spoke to customers who wanted to look at different mortgages available to them, to help them save money. The branch is now planning to host similar workshops on a monthly basis.

Laura said: “We’re always happy to discuss queries people have at any time, or after work in the evenings if it suits better. Customers just need to call the branch and we will make an appointment at a time to suit them.”

Laura can be contacted at Britannia in Dorchester on 01305 263546.


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Nuala Ryan
The Co-operative Financial Services Press Office
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About The Co-operative Financial Services

The Co-operative Financial Services (CFS) is part of The Co-operative Group, which is the world’s largest consumer co-operative with around five million members, over £14 billion turnover, and core business interests in financial services, food, travel, pharmacy and funeral care.  The Co-operative Group has over 5,000 retail trading outlets.

Following the merger with Britannia Building Society on 1 August 2009 CFS is one of the largest and well diversified mutual businesses operating in both retail and corporate markets.

As part of The Co-operative Group, the new business is characterised by its unique ethical and member reward policies and very high levels of customer advocacy.

The combined business has £70 billion in assets, 12,000 staff and nine million customers.  It has over 300 high street branches, 20 corporate banking centres and a major presence in Manchester, London, Leek, Bristol, Plymouth, Skelmersdale and Stockport. 

It is the only mutual organisation that enables its members to earn financial rewards for the products they hold, as well as giving them the opportunity to have a say in how the business is run