Britannia Co-Operative bank to close in Bideford

The Co-Operative Bank has announced branch closures in Bideford.

The Co-Operative Bank has announced branch closures in Bideford. - Credit: Archant

Co-Operative announce the branch on Bideford Quay is set to close early next year.

THE Co-Operative Bank has announced its Bideford branch will close early next year.

The Britannia Co-Operative bank on the Quay is one of the branches to close in the bank’s national re-capitalisation plan.

The Co-Operative is aiming to rationalise its branch network by at least 15 per cent by the end of 2014.

Heather Lauder, customer and distribution director for the Co-Operative Bank said: “This decision has not been taken lightly and we appreciate that the closure of our Bideford branch is disappointing.

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“We are committed to supporting impacted customers and colleagues and will be keeping them fully informed throughout these changes.

“As we re-focus our business we will be investing in self-service and digital channels in order to provide our customers with new ways to service their accounts.

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“We remain focused on providing our highest levels of service and customers with our Bideford branch will be contacted directly prior to the closure with further details about alternative channels they can use to service their accounts.”

It is unknown how many staff will lose their jobs in the closure as consultations are ongoing.

A spokesman for the Co-Operative group confirmed the Barnstaple branch was not effected.

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