Changing face of banking in the WestBy Ciara Quinn c.quinn@belfastmediagroup.com OLYMPIC boxing medallist Michael Conlan swapped medal ribbons for cutting ribbons on Monday as he officially opened the new branch of Danske Bank at the Kennedy Centre. Celebrating his 21st birthday, the West Belfast boxer did the honours as customers were welcomed through the doors of the new state-of-the-art facility. The opening follows Northern Bank’s change of trading name to Danske Bank and the group chose their new Kennedy Centre branch as one of the first visible signs of the new brand across the North. Danske Bank’s Managing Director Retail & Private Banking, Tony Wilcox, said the Kennedy Centre branch was designed with the changing needs of today’s banking customers in mind. “We have actually designed and created from scratch a new retail concept for a branch which better meets the needs and expectations of consumers today,” he said. “Customers will experience a different, more welcoming lay-out and design and our branch team is looking forward to welcoming customers to it. “The branch offers you everything a customer would expect but there are some additional features too. Our self-service area includes a new eBanking wall where you can log on and do your banking on a PC or iPad without having to queue at the counter, as well as express deposit facilities and an internal ATM. “Of course, on those occasions when a customer does want to speak to a member of our team, they will be able to do so at the counter, the reception area or in one of our private meeting rooms.” Kennedy Centre Manager John Jones said the new format and brand was a comfortable fit with the redeveloped centre, “and adds another valuable service for our customers.” Danske Bank Kennedy Centre will be open on Saturdays from 9.30am-4.30pm and until 7.30pm on a Thursday (counter service available until 6.30pm).

Northern Bank becomes Danske

By Ciara Quinn

OLYMPIC boxing medallist Michael Conlan swapped medal ribbons for cutting ribbons on Monday as he officially opened the new branch of Danske Bank at the Kennedy Centre.

Celebrating his 21st birthday, the West Belfast boxer did the honours as customers were welcomed through the doors of the new state-of-the-art facility.

The opening follows Northern Bank’s change of trading name to Danske Bank and the group chose their new Kennedy Centre branch as one of the first visible signs of the new brand across the North.

Danske Bank’s Managing Director Retail & Private Banking, Tony Wilcox, said the Kennedy Centre branch was designed with the changing needs of today’s banking customers in mind.

“We have actually designed and created from scratch a new retail concept for a branch which better meets the needs and expectations of consumers today,” he said. “Customers will experience a different, more welcoming lay-out and design and our branch team is looking forward to welcoming customers to it.

“The branch offers you everything a customer would expect but there are some additional features too.  Our self-service area includes a new eBanking wall where you can log on and do your banking on a PC or iPad without having to queue at the counter, as well as express deposit facilities and an internal ATM.

“Of course, on those occasions when a customer does want to speak to a member of our team, they will be able to do so at the counter, the reception area or in one of our private meeting rooms.”

Kennedy Centre Manager John Jones said the new format and brand was a comfortable fit with the redeveloped centre, “and adds another valuable service for our customers.”

Danske Bank Kennedy Centre will be open on Saturdays from 9.30am-4.30pm and until 7.30pm on a Thursday (counter service available until 6.30pm).

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