Christmas wish granted to Horbury High Street

December 20, 2010

Christmas has come early to Horbury’s high street with the news that The Co-operative Group will be opening a new bank in the town next year.

The bank, which will operate inside the Co-operative Food store, will give residents access to a full range of day to day personal and business banking services.

The Co-operative plans to open the bank by June 2011. It is likely to create four new jobs.

Rod Bulmer, Managing Director of Retail at The Co-operative Bank, said: “Residents have asked for us to open a bank within our food store, and as we were able to accommodate this within our existing plans for in store banking, we’re very pleased to be granting them their request and to be bringing back banking to Horbury’s high street.

“The in-store bank will offer exactly the same services as a high street Co-operative Bank, but with the added bonus that customers can do their food shopping and carry out their day to day banking under one roof.”

The Group plans to launch a further three in-store banks in the next six months in order to grow its presence on the UK high street and increase access to its banking services.

Councillor Graham Jesty, said: “This is excellent news for Horbury and I am grateful to The Co-operative Bank for taking on board the views of residents and confirming their intention to open a new bank in the town. It will provide Horbury and surrounding areas with a modern banking facility to meet the needs of both the business community and residents"


For further information please contact

Catherine Laycock / Nuala Ryan
The Co-operative Financial Services Press Office
Tel: 0161 903 3833 / 3808
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Twitter: @CFSpressteam


Notes to editors:

ISDN facilities are available for broadcast media interviews.

The Co-operative bank currently operates in-store banks at supermarkets in Hove (East Sussex), Matlock (Derbyshire) and Peacehaven (East Sussex).


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