Yorkshire has lost nearly 300 banks in the last five years, but this bank is opening its first

Metro Bank has opened its first store in Yorkshire in Sheffield city centre on Fargate.

The Metro Bank Sheffield team: (left to right) Store Manager, Chris Gore; Local Business Manager, Andrea Ottewell; Commercial Banking Manager, Howard Mills and Local Director, Michelle Slater

According to analysis from Which?, Yorkshire and The Humber has seen more than 280 banks close since 2015.

Metro Bank said it is continuing to open stores while other banks make closures. The bank has a long-standing belief in what it calls “people-people banking”, having been built on the philosophy that whatever happens in the future of banking, people need people and value human relationships.

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Metro Bank offers customers and businesses face-to-face banking in store, on the phone, online or via its mobile app.

The new store will operate in line with the latest Government guidance, with the bank implementing strict social distancing measures to protect its customers and colleagues.

The bank’s opening hours have been temporarily adjusted following the coronavirus outbreak, with stores open Monday to Saturday 10am to 4pm. The bank usually operates seven days a weeks, early until late and is hoping to return to this soon. The store is located at 58-64 Fargate, Sheffield, S1 2HE.

The store will be Metro Bank’s first in Yorkshire, as part of the bank’s plans to open 15 stores in the North in the coming years; Metro Bank has opened stores in Manchester and Liverpool in the past year.

The Metro team in Sheffield is fundraising for Brain Tumour Research and Support, Yorkshire’s Brain Tumour Charity, and this week the team will complete the “Tour de South Yorkshire” coinciding with the opening of the new store. The team has raised over £1,000 and all store colleagues will work together to complete 114 miles by cycling, walking and running.

Ian Walters, managing director, distribution at Metro Bank, said: “We are thrilled to be bringing great service and convenience to the people and businesses of Sheffield as we open our first store in Yorkshire.

“We’re sorry the store has opened a little later than first planned, but we’re pleased to be opening the doors safely. As a community bank, we are committed to supporting local causes and delivering more than just banking, as seen by the fantastic effort the team has put in to complete its ‘Tour de South Yorkshire’ challenge for charity.”

Customers will be able to visit the store, with no appointment needed, and open a personal or business account on-the-spot, leaving with their debit card in hand, along with internet and mobile banking set-up.

The bank has created around 25 new jobs for local people and will have more than 2,000 safe deposit boxes for customers to store their valuables with access seven days a week.