A NEW branch of the region’s biggest building society has opened in the North-East.

Newcastle Building Society has created a new, full-service and financial advice branch on the ground floor of the former Dickinsons store, opposite Hexham Abbey, as part of its ongoing multi-million-pound branch network investment programme.

The new branch, which has been open since November 14, occupies 1,410 sq ft at the Beaumont Street space, which has been transformed into a modern and welcoming environment that offers customers easy access to services, information, and advice.

A community space intended to provide a free location in which local people, groups, and good causes can hold meetings and events, also forms part of the new branch design.

Newcastle Building Society is more than two-thirds of the way through an ambitious branch improvement programme which will see work on new, or improved, facilities in every part of its existing branch network, and new branches being opened in a number of locations across the North-East and North Yorkshire.

Stuart Miller, customer director at Newcastle Building Society, said: “There’s been a great deal of interest from local people about what we’ve been doing as work has progressed, and we’re excited to finally be sharing the new branch with our Tynedale customers.

“We are continuing to invest heavily in maintaining and enhancing a modern branch network that sits right at the heart of our operations, and remain firmly committed to contributing to the vitality of successful, sustainable local communities, like Hexham.

“We’re moving into a fantastic landmark location in Hexham, which has the Abbey just over the road, and we’re extremely pleased to have been able to bring this important site back into use.”

More than £3m has been invested so far, with another £3m still to come. Plans include new branches in Hawes, and Wooler; with upgrades to Whitley Bay, Consett, and South Shields, before the end of 2019; and in 2020, a new Bishop Auckland branch, with upgrades for Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, and West Denton.


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