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Spalding's Nationwide branch is officially re-opened and society says the High Street has an important role to play



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A building society pledges that it is here to stay - with investment into its branches, including Spalding.

Nationwide Building Society, in Hall Place, recently welcomed members and customers back into its newly refurbished branch with an official ‘re-opening ceremony.’

The ribbon was cut by South Holland District Council chairman Francis Biggadike; and £155 was raised for the Lincs and Notts Air Ambulance on the day, with cake and biscuits on sale.

Councillor Francis Biggadike cuts the ribbon at the official re-opening of Spalding’s refurbished Nationwide branch.
Councillor Francis Biggadike cuts the ribbon at the official re-opening of Spalding’s refurbished Nationwide branch.

It comes as the High Street has sadly seen closures, both locally and across the country, of some banks, businesses and services.

In Long Sutton, for example, only TSB now remains. The town lost its Barclays branch in August 2018, with the nearest branches in Spalding or King’s Lynn.

Lloyds also announced in 2018 that it was closing its Holbeach and Donington branches as customers were using branches less and opting for Internet banking.

Inside the refurbished branch: Coun Francis Biggadike with branch manager Stephen Sharp at the new desk for internet banking.
Inside the refurbished branch: Coun Francis Biggadike with branch manager Stephen Sharp at the new desk for internet banking.

It now operates a mobile service, which visits Holbeach on a Tuesday and Friday in the High Street; and Donington, at the Ruby Hunt Centre on a Tuesday. It has a branch in Spalding.

Natwest provides a mobile service, which visits Long Sutton on a Monday and Friday in St Mary’s Church car park. It also has a High Street branch in Spalding and Wisbech.

Stephen Sharp, Branch Manager for Nationwide Building Society in Spalding, said: “We are really pleased to have finished renovating the branch and it was great to celebrate this with members at our official opening. The design that we are rolling out across our branch network enables members to have those important face-to-face conversations with our people and combines technology for those who want the ability to self-serve.

“We believe we’re able to offer members a better experience in branch with the new design, as well as choice in the way members interact with us. We know our members value branches and that’s why we’re committed to investing in them.”

Cakes and biscuits were on sale in aid of the Lincs and Notts Air Ambulance at the re-launch event.
Cakes and biscuits were on sale in aid of the Lincs and Notts Air Ambulance at the re-launch event.

A spokesperson for Nationwide head office added: “We’re clear that the High Street has an important role to play in our economic and societal future. It’s why we are investing in our branch network – so that we can move with the times and serve our members on their terms.

"While this doesn’t mean we will never close a branch from time to time, we know our members value the personal service they offer and that’s why we’re committed to maintaining our branch network.”

Since 2017, the Society says it has invested over £150 million in refurbishing its network, with around 200 branches now featuring its 4C design. The Spalding branch gives people access to the latest technology, including free wi-fi, access to Nationwide’s Internet Bank via iPads and more.

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