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Leeds Building Society celebrates major refurbishment of Newcastle branch

Savers and mortgage borrowers in Newcastle are enjoying the benefits of major improvements to Leeds Building Society's branch in the city.

Extensive refurbishments of the branch in Northumberland Street have now been completed and two new colleagues have joined the team to make the service for members even better.

Branch manager Robin Greenwell and his team will celebrate the branch's grand opening between 10am and 1pm this Saturday, 7th June, with refreshments, goody bags and entertainment for visitors, who also can enter a prize draw to win an iPad Mini.

The Lord Mayor of Newcastle, Councillor Margaret Wood, accompanied by her Consort, Councillor David Wood, will officially re-open the branch at 11.30am. "The new-look branch has been completely renovated to make it more modern and spacious, with an additional four meeting spaces to give members more privacy when discussing their financial needs," said Robin Greenwell, Leeds Building Society's Newcastle branch manager.

"We've embraced technology with iPads and are using digital advertising displays inside the branch and in our windows.

"As well as the improvements to the branch itself, two new colleagues have joined our experienced team of nine, to ensure we continue to provide the outstanding customer service we are known for."

Kim Rebecchi, the Society's Sales and Marketing Director said: "We are delighted to have made these improvements to our Newcastle branch and also to have created two new roles.

"As a mutual, we are owned by our members and run in their best interests, which includes investing in improvements to our branches, products and services so members can get on with their lives and do business with us in the ways which suit them best."

Leeds Building Society's Newcastle branch is located at 142 Northumberland Street, NE1 7DQ and is open between 9am and 5pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays; between 9.30am and 5pm on Wednesdays; and from 9am to 1pm on Saturdays.

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Notes to Editors

Media opportunity – Media are welcome to attend during the open day between 10am and 1pm on Saturday, 7th June. The Lord Mayor of Newcastle will cut a ribbon at 11.30am to officially open the refurbished branch, before cutting a cake at 11.45am. Please contact the Leeds Building Society press office on 0113 225 7903 to confirm attendance.

Leeds Building Society has assets of £11.2bn (as at 31 December 2013) and 67 branches throughout the UK, Gibraltar and Ireland. The Society has operated from the centre of Leeds since 1886.