Co-operative Bank staff stub it out for theatre debut

August 19, 2010

Staff at The Co-operative Bank in Swindon have been helping local students to give up smoking.

The branch on Regent Street was turned into a studio for the morning when a local theatre company filmed a DVD to encourage teenage smokers to kick the habit.

The sequence, which will form part of the hour long documentary, will show how much money students could have in their bank accounts in 20 years time if they didn’t smoke.

Sue Main, Branch Manager at The Co-operative Bank in Swindon, said: “The theatre company has been a customer with us for many years so we were only too pleased to help out.

“It’s important for young people to understand the value of money, and we hope the film will highlight the substantial money they could have if they saved their money instead of spending it on cigarettes.”

The film is being created by Sixth Sense Theatre for Young People for all secondary schools in Swindon, in conjunction with Swindon Tobacco Control Partnership (STCP) – an initiative between Swindon Borough Council and NHS Swindon.

A young person could save more than £10,000 over 20 years if they didn’t smoke.*

The project has been funded by part of a £100,000 grant to the council from the Department of Health, for use by the Swindon Tobacco Control Partnership, with the aim of reducing health inequalities in local communities. Smoking is the primary reason for the gap in inequalities in life expectancy.

* Calculation is based on 5 cigarettes a day at £6 a pack. Data sourced from


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Nuala Ryan
The Co-operative Financial Services Press Office
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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