Posted on Tuesday 1 May 2012 by Ulster Business

Bank of Ireland Opens Doors

Pictured welcoming his first customer at the new state-of-the-art City Hall branch in Donegall Square is Leigh Curran, Branch Manager with Fay McFarland proprietor of Harlem Café.

Bank of Ireland UK has opened the doors of a new branch in the heart of Belfast city centre in an investment the bank said underlines its commitment to developing personal and business banking in Northern Ireland.

Known as City Hall Branch, Bank of Ireland said its new 400 square meters premises “incorporates the latest open-plan retail banking design concepts, ensuring that staff are very visible and that customers can easily access financial advice and information”.

The branch is located on a prominent corner site at 1 Donegall Square South and is designed to complement the bank’s other city centre flagship branch in High Street.

Leigh Curran, manager of the City Hall Branch, said: “We’ve made a considerable investment in creating a branch that uses the latest in technology, simplified processes and modern design to meet the demands of customers looking for faster delivery of day-to -day banking services alongside access to expertise and knowledge.”

The branch employs six full time staff including dedicated mortgage, commercial banking and financial advisers. It brings the total of Bank of Ireland UK branches in Northern Ireland to 44.

Mr Curran added: “Our doors are open and anyone, whether they are a customer or not, is welcome to come in and take a look at what we offer.”

City Hall Branch is part of an investment programme by Bank of Ireland that has seen the transformation of many of its branches using new design principles to make them more attractive and accessible for customers.

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