BUSINESS banking staff swapped helping to grow businesses to supporting green shoots of another kind this week (July 13).
Instead of dealing with invoice finance, interest rate hedging or repayment schedules, eight staff from Yorkshire Bank's South Yorkshire Financial Solutions Centre (FSC), Sheffield, were busy planting lavender, dill, parsley and basil.
The staff, who provide financial solutions to hundreds of South Yorkshire and North Derbyshire businesses each year, changed roles for a day as part of support for the charity Business In The Community.
One of their jobs was turning a patch of waste land at Dunstan Primary School, Newbold, Chesterfield, into a sensory and herb garden for the school and re-painting a car port and sandpit cover.
The initiative, part of South Yorkshire Cares, which is linked to Business In The Community, was designed to encourage more companies and staff to get involved with community work.
Business partner at Yorkshire's Bank South Yorkshire FSC, Chris Blanksby, says: "We are totally committed to Business In The Community and are keen to do all we can to encourage other organisations to get involved.
"Giving up just a small amount of time to help with this type of work brings businesses closer to their communities and is very rewarding in its own right."
Those who took part were associates Allan Savage, Sue Fletcher, Peter Martin and Amanda Skivington; business partners, Chris Blanksby, Andy North and Julie Milner and private partner, Andy Winch.
The day was the latest in a series of South Yorkshire Cares activities undertaken by Yorkshire Bank's South Yorkshire FSC as senior partner Phil Walker and Sue Fletcher also support the Right To Read campaign, visiting Dunstan Primary School and Brinsworth Junior School, Rotherham, and spending time teaching pupils to read.
Sharon Davison, heateacher of Dunstan Primary School, which has 265 pupils, says: "Yorkshire Bank's support for us is wonderful. It is very useful for the children to obtain another view of life and the Yorkshire Bank staff are all great role models. It particularly benefits the children who take part in Right to Read."
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NOTES TO EDITORS
Yorkshire Bank is part of the National Australia Group. Yorkshire Bank was founded in 1859 in Halifax, West Yorkshire. Today, the Bank has more than 190 Yorkshire Bank branches, a strong personal customer base and a growing business capability in the North of England and the Midlands.
Yorkshire Bank is a trading name of Clydesdale Bank plc, which is a subsidiary of the National Australia Bank Group of companies. Yorkshire Bank joined the Group in 1990.
*In 2006, Yorkshire Bank was voted the UK's 'Best Business Bank' by the Forum of Private Business.
Financial Solutions Centres
Yorkshire Bank Financial Solutions Centres (FSC) offer Members a tailored range of business and private banking services under one roof. A team of specialist partners, each with considerable local experience, work together to provide Members with end to end solutions for their business and private banking needs. In addition to banking services, the FSCs also operate as a hub for local business, with a range of networking opportunities and meeting facilities available as a benefit of membership.
Over 70 FSCs are located around the UK and in 2006 represented over half of the National Australia Bank Group's UK income.