Nationwide's new Belfast branch launches school competition

21 February 2017

Nationwide Building Society has today announced the launch of a school poetry competition1 in Belfast, alongside the unveiling of the new branch on Donegall Place. 

Finding budding poets in Belfast 
The competition, which runs from Tuesday 21 February – Friday 24 March 2017, is open to school children in primary years 6 and 7, and is asking them to submit a poem about what they love about their home city Belfast. The theme of the poetry competition runs alongside the Society’s recent advertising campaign, which sees spoken word artists perform a poem about different topics that are important to them. 

The new branch, which has been built to meet the needs of the local community has helped formulate the poetry competition, to get children thinking creatively about what makes their community so special. The competition, with a prize of £2,000 worth of technology for the winning entrant’s school, will be selected from a panel of judges including Laurie Bolger, one of the poets who has featured in the Society’s Voices campaign2.  

The branch has already been involved with a few of the schools within the area, helping out with Nationwide’s Number Crunchers programme - a volunteering scheme that supports children in primary schools to help them improve their number skills. Staff at the branch have supported local schools including Our Lady Queen of Peace Primary School and Our Lady’s Girls Primary School. 

New Nationwide branch
The Society, which has around 71,000 members in Belfast, has had a presence in the area since 1941, and officially opens its new location. The branch, which is 75 per cent larger than the previous Bedford Street premises, contains all the latest innovations Nationwide offers to customers including Nationwide NOW3, together with the personal service so many value in an increasingly digital age. The new location has also been trialling Nationwide radio, a station specifically set up for Society’s branch network having received positive feedback from members.  

Jeff Watson, Nationwide’s Area Director for Northern Ireland & Northern England, said: “We are delighted to have opened a new branch in Belfast, which offers members innovative new technology as well as the face-to-face service we know our customers like. This is particularly important to us as members are always telling us that they still want to be able to speak to someone in person, particularly when making key financial decisions in life.

Our new branch, its new design and our investment in technology like Nationwide NOW makes things even easier for customers to do business with us, how and when they want. The team here are looking forward to welcoming new and existing customers into the new branch.” 

Gayle Clark, Nationwide Belfast City Senior Branch Manager commented: ’It’s great to see the branch fully up and running for our customers where we can deliver the service we are passionate about, but at the same time with ease and flexibility to suit our customers banking needs. Having a strong mix of people and access to a wider range of services is really important to our members. We know people want to do business with us in a way that best suits them, which might mean using different channels for different purposes, and we want to support customers to do this here.” 

Belfast branch developments 
Nationwide have added a further two Nationwide NOW terminals from the previous Bedford Street offering, enabling more customers to be seen at a time which suits them. The branch has also extended its opening hours and increased its self-serve facilities and ATM’s, so members can carry out all their banking needs quickly and conveniently.   

Notes to Editors

1 The competition is partnership with the Belfast Telegraph.  To enter, poems should be submitted by a parent or teacher with the child’s name, age and school, to belfast.poems@nationwide.co.uk, or drop submissions into the Nationwide Belfast City branch, 61-63 Donegall Place, Belfast, BT1 5AG by 5pm on Friday 24 March 2017.

2 Nationwide Voices campaign was launched in September 2016. Videos including poems by Laurie Bolger can be found at: https://www.youtube.com/user/NationwideBSocietyUK/videos.

3 Nationwide NOW is the Society’s pioneering service which gives customers access to a range of Nationwide financial consultants via a high definition video link. 

Branches in Belfast:
Nationwide has two branches in the area of Belfast on Donegall Place and Royal Avenue. 

Branch opening hours:

 Monday  08.30   18.00
 Tuesday  08.30
 18.00
 Wednesday  08.30
 18.00
 Thursday  08.30
 18.00
 Friday  08.30
 18.00
 Saturday  09.00
 15.00
 Sunday  Closed  

About Nationwide

Nationwide is the world's largest building society as well as one of the largest savings providers 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 a branch, via the mobile app, on the telephone, internet and post. The Society has around 18,000 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.

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