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TSB To Close 164 Branches And Almost 900 Jobs To Go - Wick Branch Will Close

30th September 2020

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TSB has today announced it will close 164 branches as the Bank continues to implement its three-year strategy announced in November 2019.

73 Branches of TSB in Scotland will close including one at Wick. See bottom of the page for the full list of Scottish closures.

TSB is Spanish owned.

As part of today's announcement and other wider changes in its business, TSB is removing around 900 roles. It is anticipated the vast majority will be colleagues who come forward for voluntary redundancy.

The changes have been driven by a significant shift in customer behaviour, including a reduction in the number of customers using branches and a significant acceleration in digital adoption.

As part of TSB's strategy, the Bank had previously set out its intention to reduce its branch network in order to remain competitive compared to the wider industry. These changes today accelerate the pace of the overall branch transformation.

Debbie Crosbie, Chief Executive of TSB, said:"Closing any of our branches is never an easy decision, but our customers are banking differently - with a marked shift to digital banking.

"We are reshaping our business to transform the customer experience and set us up for the future. This means having the right balance between branches on the high street and our digital platforms, enabling us to offer the very best experience for our personal and business customers across the UK.

"We remain committed to our branch network and will retain one of the largest in the UK."

Robin Bulloch, Customer Banking Director at TSB, said:"Alongside these changes, we will continue to invest in our remaining branch network to offer high quality banking services, fully integrated with improved digital capability.

"We are working to ensure the transition towards digital - which is being seen right across the economy - is handled sensitively and pragmatically for our colleagues and customers. We're taking steps to support vulnerable customers and those in rural locations."

Branches earmarked for closure have been selected to ensure 94% of TSB customers can travel in 20 minutes or less to a branch, and the new network will have an average of 17,000 customers per branch, which remains below the UK average. The network will be the 7th largest in the UK.

TSB continues to reshape its business to ensure its network is fit for the future, and that its digital channels are best in class to meet growing customer needs.

TSB's digital services have been bolstered by its partnership with IBM Cloud which allows the Bank to roll out secure digital offerings at pace. This partnership saw TSB launch TSB Smart Agent, a new online chat function that went live within a matter of days during the Covid-19 lockdown.

Despite the strategic focus on enhanced digital services, TSB remains strongly committed to providing direct face-to-face support for all its personal and business customers. The network of 290 branches will offer a comprehensive range of personal and SME services, with the majority open on Saturdays and at times best suited to customers. TSB will provide its branch staff with industry-leading training, accredited by the Chartered Banker Institute, to help customers with their more complex needs and improve their money confidence.

In addition, TSB is further enhancing its partnership with the Post Office including adding the ability to deposit and withdraw cash using a card, for both business and personal customers, and collect coin change from pre-agreed locations.

Alongside this, TSB is pleased to be partnering with G4S Cash Solutions to set up a cash collection service for its business customers.

TSB will introduce 100 mobile advisors to provide additional support to some communities across the country where branches are closing. TSB plans to work with local authorities and key community organisations to identify suitable locations for mobile advisors.

TSB is making a total of 969 role reductions while 120 new operational roles are being created meaning there will be an overall net reduction of 849 roles. Changes are being made across the branch network, and in mortgages and customer service operations teams. Where possible, role reductions will come through voluntary redundancy and TSB is implementing a comprehensive training programme to support those leaving the business find future roles. TSB has consulted with its recognised unions Accord and Unite.

Already this year Halifax and Bank of Scotland closed 56 branches, while also this month the banks' parent company Lloyds Banking Group continued with restructuring plans that will see 865 jobs axed.

Virgin Money, Clydesdale and Yorkshire bank also closed 56 branches earlier this year.

HSBC announced 27 branch closures in February.

The full list of Scottish branches set to close is: Aberdeen Culter, Aberdeen Dyce, Aberdeen Kincorth, Aberdeen Mannofield, Aberdeen St Machar, Aberdeen Torry, Aboyne, Alexandra, Alford, Anstruther, Banchory, Bathgate, Bearsden, Berwick-upon-Tweed, Blairgowrie, Bo'ness, Broxburn, Buckhaven, Bucksburn, Burntisland, Campbeltown, Carnoustie, Castle Douglas, Coatbridge, Coupar Angus, Cowdenbeath, Crieff, Cumnock, Cupar, Dalkeith, Dingwall, Dundee Craigiebank, Dundee Lochee, Dunoon, Edinburgh Costorphine, Edinburgh Gorgie, Edinburgh Pilton, Girvan, Glasgow Anniesland, Glasgow Dennistoun, Glasgow Drumchapel, Glasgow Easterhouse, Glasgow Partick, Glasgow Springburn, Grangemouth, Grantown-on-Spey, Hawick, Helensburgh, Huntly, Insch, Johnstone, Kelso, Kilbirnie, Kilsyth, Kirkcaldy, Templehall, Largs, Larkhall, Lochgilphead, Montrose, Nairn, North Berwick, Peebles, Penicuik, Pitlochry, Port Glasgow, Prestwick, Renfrew, Rosyth, Rothesay, Saltcoats, Thornliebank, Turriff, Wick.

PHOTO - TSB Wick - Photographer Bill Fernie