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Leeds Building Society celebrates 30 years in Stevenage

Leeds Building Society is celebrating 30 years of service to its members in Stevenage.

Customers old and new can visit the branch on Queensway to join in the festivities and help local good causes in the process.

The branch will be holding a party on Wednesday, 18 July to mark three decades of helping the people of Stevenage to save and have the home they want.

Leeds Building Society also will be making a birthday donation to two local good causes and visitors can vote for their favourite charity to decide which receives the larger share.

Mary Petley, Leeds Building Society’s Stevenage Branch Manager, said: “It is quite an achievement to reach 30 years of service to the local community here in Stevenage.

“To celebrate we’ll be decorating our branch and having a party with customers old and new, and anyone passing by is welcome to come in and have a piece of cake.

“We’re also supporting local good causes with donations to both our local Samaritans branch and Garden House Hospice Care.”

When Leeds Building Society first opened a branch in Stevenage in 1988 just three of the current England World Cup squad – Gary Cahill, Jamie Vardy and Ashley Young – were born.

Other events making the news in 1988 were:

  • Stevenage Borough were relegated from the Isthmian League Division One
  • The first BBC Red Nose Day raised £15 million for charity
  • The first 16-year-olds sit General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) examinations, replacing both the O-level and CSE
  • The Last Emperor won nine awards including Best Picture at the Oscars


Notes to Editors

Leeds Building Society was named Best Building Society Savings Provider in the Moneyfacts Awards for 2018, having also won this title in 2017 and 2016.

Leeds Building Society won the title of Best Shared Ownership Mortgage Lender in the 2017 What Mortgage Awards, its second consecutive year of success in this category.

Leeds Building Society operates throughout the UK, Gibraltar and Ireland and has assets of £18.5bn at 31st December 2017 (£15.9bn at 31st December 2016). The Society’s head office has been based in the centre of Leeds since 1886.