Chard Branch wins at Nationwide awards

10 July 2013

Nationwide Building Society employees from Chard Branch were the talk of the town at Nationwide’s Annual Awards, winning Branch of the Year.

The Annual Awards event is the highlight of the Nationwide calendar. The Awards recognise the Society’s highest performers from across the business for their commitment to delivering excellent customer service, raising the bar in their day to day performance and inspiring trust amongst customers and colleagues.

The team at Chard Branch was recognised for the trust and reputation they have with their customers, and for being the hub of the Chard community.

Alison Robb, Nationwide Group Director, said: “This is a real triumph for Chard. Putting members first is very important to employees at the branch and this has resulted in their position as one of Nationwide’s top ten branches for customer service across the UK. Chard is a fantastic example of how good teamwork and excellent customer service creates a winning combination, not just for the employees who have been recognised but for the Nationwide members who benefit from their services. The team have also had a great impact on the local community, organising several charity events including a sponsored walk and cycle.

Branch Manager, Darryl Sunnick, said: “This is a fantastic achievement and we are delighted to have won this award. We are committed to providing great customer service to our members and pride ourselves on making this a real team effort. I feel honoured to work alongside such a great bunch of people and I am pleased that all our hard work has been recognised”.

Notes to editors:

Nationwide is the world's largest building society as well as the second largest savings provider and a top-three provider of mortgages in the UK. It is also a major provider of current accounts, credit cards, ISAs and personal loans. Nationwide has around 15 million customers.

Customers can manage their finances in branch, on the telephone, internet and post. The Society has around 15,000 employees. Nationwide's head office is in Swindon with administration centres based in Northampton, Bournemouth and Dunfermline. The Society also has a number of call centres across the UK.

Since the credit crunch began in 2007, Nationwide has remained profitable against a very difficult economic environment. In the year ending April 2013 Nationwide made a strong underlying profit of £475 million – up 56% from the previous year.

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