It seems that in Falkirk, banks are like buses – you wait a while for one to come along, and then two come at once! Both Airdrie Savings Bank and HSBC are opening new branches in Falkirk and are looking forward to getting involved with the wider business community. Already signed up as members of Business Panel Plus, local business managers Tina Crookston of HSBC and Shirley Reid of ASB are delighted to be moving into the area. ASB attended the Business Exhibition in June and Ms Reid commented: “Our expansion out of Lanarkshire represents an exciting step forward for Airdrie Savings Bank and hopefully Falkirk will be the first of many branches across the country over the coming years. Personally, I’m looking forward to the challenge of managing my own branch in what is new territory for ASB. We’ve recruited a really strong team in the town and have already had lots of interest from local businesses and individuals who are attracted to our traditional approach to banking.
The Falkirk forBusiness Magazine
Issue 3 • December 2011
The decision to open in Falkirk is the result of increasing consumer and business demand for Airdrie Savings Bank’s traditional style, focusing on maintaining high levels of customer service and a more personal approach to banking.”
Banking on Falkirk’s Future
HSBC were involved as partial sponsors of the Annual Business Conference, and were able to use this to promote their forthcoming opening. John Rendall, CEO for HSBC in Scotland, said: “Falkirk has always been on our radar and we’re delighted to have secured our preferred location for the branch. “We’re hoping to replicate the level of success we’ve experienced since opening in Stirling and are delighted with the calibre of the team we’ve recruited locally as we set out to attract and win new personal and business banking customers. This investment is one of several that will be made over the coming months as HSBC continues its growth in Scotland. Falkirk forms an important part of our expansion story and we’re looking forward to getting out and meeting with people in the area as we begin to transform the High Street site.” Laurence Barrett, Chief Executive of Falkirk for Business has welcomed the arrival of the new businesses. “The fact that two such high quality companies are opening in the Falkirk District area is evidence that our inward investment policies are being successful. We are looking forward to working with both banks, and I’m sure they will be regular attendees at our networking events”.