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18/4/2019
TSB - The Bank Reductions Keep Coming - Thurso And Wick Reduced Opening HoursThumbnail for article : TSB - The Bank Reductions Keep Coming - Thurso And Wick Reduced Opening Hours
MSP contacts TSB chief executive after closure and reduced hours released.   MSP David Stewart has called for the UK Government to take action to stem the flow of bank closures and the pattern of reduced banking hours following the announcement that the TSB is to close a Moray branch and cut hours at other branches across the Highlands.  
7/3/2019
Easy To Join The Hi-Scot Credit Union Online - Saving And BorrowingThumbnail for article : Easy To Join The Hi-Scot Credit Union Online - Saving And Borrowing
HI-Scot has been in existence since 2006, though up until 2010 was under the name of Western Isles Credit Union.  The name was changed to HI-Scot to reflect that fact that we'd moved to a position of serving all of the Highlands & Islands, and indeed anyone who lives or works in this area can apply to join us.  
23/1/2019
Thurso Santander Bank Branch Escapes Closure as 140 Branches AxedThumbnail for article : Thurso Santander Bank Branch Escapes Closure as 140 Branches Axed
Santander has today announced plans to reshape its branch network and close 140 branches in response to changes in how customers are choosing to carry out their banking.   Santander's future branch network will be made up of a combination of larger branches offering improved community facilities to support local businesses and customers, and smaller branches using the latest technology to offer customers more convenient access to banking services.  
10/12/2018
Hi-Scot Credit Union Annual General Meeting - Extension Meeting In WickThumbnail for article : Hi-Scot Credit Union Annual General Meeting - Extension Meeting In Wick
Hi-Scot Credit Union has its Annual General Meeting on Wednesday 12th December 2018 at 4.00pm.   The office of the credit union is based in Stornoway and due to the geography of Highland and Islands has moved more and more online.  
14/11/2018
Scottish Government Launches ‘people, Not Profit' CampaignThumbnail for article : Scottish Government Launches ‘people, Not Profit' Campaign
Scottish Government Launches ‘people, Not Profit' Campaign To Support The Scottish Credit Unions Sector.   The ‘People, Not Profit' credit unions campaign has been launched by Aileen Campbell, Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Local Government today (Wednesday 14 November 2018), as results of a new survey reveal that one in five (20%) people in Scotland have not heard of a credit union.  
Rural Banking Survey ExtendedThumbnail for article : Rural Banking Survey Extended
Individuals, businesses and community groups in and around 14 communities in the Highlands and Islands have an extra two weeks to take part in an online survey on rural banking services.   Among other things, the survey asks about the importance of being able to withdraw and deposit cash locally, experiences of using Post Office and mobile banking services, and the perceived impacts of local branch closures.  
1/12/2017
RBS To Close Wick BranchThumbnail for article : RBS To Close Wick Branch
Royal Bank is to close 62 Royal Bank of Scotland and 197 Nat West branches.   The Wick branch is one on the list.  
29/6/2017
Save, Borrow, Plan for Tomorrow With Hi-Scot Credit UnionThumbnail for article : Save, Borrow, Plan for Tomorrow With Hi-Scot Credit Union
Hi-Scot Credit Union has been in business for over 10 years and initially started in the Western Isles expanding into the other areas of Highlands and Islands a few years ago.   With an increasing membership now standing at over 2500 the group headed up by a small team of staff and a volunteer board of directors Hi-Scot Credit Union is going from strength to strength.  
23/6/2017
Agriculture resilient amid economic uncertaintyThumbnail for article : Agriculture resilient amid economic uncertainty
The agriculture sector in Scotland is showing signs of growth as famers successfully navigate uncertainties linked to currency fluctuations and future subsidies, analysis by Clydesdale Bank shows.   The farming sector in Scotland saw a drop in Total Income from Farming from £775 million in 2014 to £653 million in 2015.  
18/1/2017
Clydesdale Bank Branch in Thurso To CloseThumbnail for article : Clydesdale Bank Branch in Thurso To Close
In September 2016 CYBG PLC, the parent company of Clydesdale Bank, announced that its branch network would be reducing as part of the Bank's strategy to create a truly integrated digital, mobile, telephone and branch service for its customers.   Following last year's announcement, Clydesdale Bank has today confirmed that it will close 40 branches in 2017.  
2/10/2016
So you don't want to save? - Then Don't Join A Credit Union!!
You don't want to save so you won't want to read this item about credit unions.   It is easy to do now in Highland and Islands now that Hi-Scot credit union is online with its services for savers and borrowers.  
25/9/2016
Credit Union Payroll Deductions for Scottish EmployersThumbnail for article : Credit Union Payroll Deductions for Scottish Employers
In a report by Scottish Government published earlier in 2016 entitled "Scotland's Credit Unions - Investing in Our Future" The First Minister Nicola Sturgeon wrote a letter to employers as follows - Dear As First Minister of Scotland I am delighted to be able to offer this letter in support of the work of credit unions and at the same time encourage the uptake of payroll deduction schemes for employees with credit union accounts.   Credit unions make an invaluable contribution to providing financial services and products to a wide range of customers.  
3/9/2016
Want To Save Or Need A Low Cost Loan - Think Hi-Scot Credit UnionThumbnail for article : Want To Save Or Need A Low Cost Loan - Think Hi-Scot Credit Union
Hi-Scot - A Credit Union for YOU.   HI-Scot has been in existence since 2006, though up until 2010 was under the name of Western Isles Credit Union.  
23/4/2015
Credit Card Transfers Are Fee Free With TSBThumbnail for article : Credit Card Transfers Are Fee Free With TSB
TSB has launched an exclusive credit card offer for people who have a TSB bank account.  Helping people make more of their money, the bank is refunding the 1% balance transfer fee for customers taking out a new Platinum Purchase Credit Card.  
18/2/2015
Local Banking on Demand: TSB Launches New Mobile Banking AppThumbnail for article : Local Banking on Demand: TSB Launches New Mobile Banking App
TSB has improved mobile access for customers this week, by launching a new and improved mobile banking app for Android and Apple smartphones and tablets.   The new app will make it quicker and easier for customers of TSB to carry out their day-to-day banking activity wherever and whenever is most convenient for them.  
24/12/2014
Make the Most of the Sales by Earning Cash Back With Bank of Scotland Everyday OffersThumbnail for article : Make the Most of the Sales by Earning Cash Back With Bank of Scotland Everyday Offers
In the year since Bank of Scotland launched Everyday Offers, Bank of Scotland customers have benefitted by earning up to 15% cash back on their everyday spending at places including Argos, The Body Shop, Morrisons and O2, through the initiative.  During the festive sales, it's not too late for savvy shoppers to make the most of their spending by selecting the participating merchants they want to activate for use on their next purchases.  
Phil Anderson Financial Services
Phil Anderson Financial Services joins national award scheme recognising the best independent mortgage brokers in the UK.   Phil Anderson Financial Services, the Caithness based financial advisers has entered the Best Independent Mortgage Broker category in The ESTAS, the largest award scheme in the UK residential property market.  
21/8/2014
Bank of Scotland Offers Two Months Mortgage Interest Back
Bank of Scotland is refunding two months interest1 - up to a maximum of £1,000 - for Homemovers and First Time Buyers when they take out a qualifying mortgage.   Available from 19th August until 6th October, the offer is available to customers choosing and completing on a qualifying mortgage product2.  
13/8/2014
Government Takes Action to Promote the Provision of Affordable Credit Through Credit Unions
The Economic Secretary to the Treasury, Andrea Leadsom, today encouraged employers and voluntary sector organisations to engage with credit unions to help them provide affordable credit and responsible financial services in their communities.   Following the launch of the government's call for evidence on credit unions in June, the Economic Secretary today visited London Mutual Credit Union to hear first-hand how credit unions are providing a payday loan product at a fraction of the costs charged by payday lenders.  
2/8/2014
"New Switching Figures Hint at a Big Bank Backlash"
Matt Sanders, Gocompare.com's banking expert, said: "These figures make interesting reading and it's clear that customers have been enticed by incentives and cash back deals.  The figures show that the biggest winners are Santander with its 123 account, which offers varying amounts of cashback, and Halifax with its £100 payment for those who switched to its Reward account, as well as the £5 per month in credit incentive.