The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

Friday, 1 May 2009

Clydesdale Bank reports continuing strong growth in Scotland

National Australia Bank Group, owner of Clydesdale and Yorkshire Bank, has released interim results for its UK operations for the six months to 31 March 2009.

Clydesdale Bank’s business banking network, with 77 locations across the UK and 16 in Scotland, has expanded its customer base by 5% in the six month period, as a result of strong customer retention and increased acquisition rates, reflecting the strength of the Clydesdale Bank brand.

In the last 6 months, business lending was up by 14%, representing £1.2bn of new money to support local business. This is part of £1.9bn of new lending, which included £0.6bn of new mortgage lending. The bank’s strong funding position was further improved by an impressive deposit performance - business deposits gained momentum at a national level, increasing by 15%. This level of deposit growth is almost five times higher than the industry average.

In Scotland, the Bank continued its strong performance with average lending growing by 16% - highlighting the Bank’s commitment to the local economy. In the last six months Clydesdale Bank increased lending by 21% in Glasgow, 7% in Dundee, 11% in Edinburgh, and 45% in Aberdeen. Clydesdale Bank’s traditional banking model ensures that every pound raised from local deposits is reinvested back into lending for local businesses. In the period, deposits grew by 7%.

Willie Mackie is Managing Partner at Clydesdale Bank's Ayrshire Financial Solutions Centre (FSC). He said: “These results clearly demonstrate how our traditional banking approach is helping local businesses to succeed. We are committed to supporting businesses in Ayrshire, and our clients tell us they like the fact that the money they bank with us goes back into supporting their local economy.”

Each one of Clydesdale Bank’s 77 business banking centres has a credit partner, allowing it to make fast, local lending decisions.

Willie Mackie concluded: “As a strong bank, our focus has always been on the traditional banking values that have served us well. As well as standing by our current clients, we have a strong appetite for helping well-run businesses grow and succeed. We are committed to further developing our support for new businesses in Ayrshire over the coming year.”

Clydesdale Bank is part of the National Australia Group. Clydesdale Bank was established in 1838 in Glasgow and has a proud history of innovation and support for Scottish industry and communities. With over 150 retail branches and a network of Financial Solutions Centres, Clydesdale is one of Scotland’s largest banks. The Bank is currently expanding its operations into the South of England with its innovative Financial Solutions Centres, offering customers a highly integrated business and private banking service.

Clydesdale Bank Financial Solutions Centres (FSC) offer Members a tailored range of business and private banking services under one roof. A team of specialist partners, each with considerable local experience, work together to provide Members with end to end solutions for their business and private banking needs. In addition to banking services, the FSCs also operate as a hub for local business, with a range of networking opportunities and meeting facilities available as a benefit of membership.

Clydesdale Bank
Financial Solutions Centre
43 Alloway Street
Ayr KA7 1SP
Ayrshire, Scotland

Contact: Willie Mackie, Managing Partner
Tel: 01292 272072
Fax: 01292 280202

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