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Lloyds Banking Group Executives Meet Senior Yorkshire Officials



Helen Weir, Group Executive Director, UK Retail Banking, Lloyds Banking Group, made another in a series of visits to Calderdale on Wednesday 23rd September, meeting with Halifax and Yorkshire MPs, Council and Yorkshire Forward representatives.

Helen was also joined by a number of her senior colleagues including Gordon Lyle, Retail HR Director, Graham Lindsay, Managing Director for Customer Experience, and David Nicholson, Managing Director for Halifax Community Bank.

The team met with Rosie Winterton MP, Minister for Yorkshire, Jeff Ennis MP, Deputy Regional Minister, Tom Riordain, Chief Executive Yorkshire Forward, Linda Riordain, MP for Halifax, Christine Mcafferty, MP for Calder Valley and Owen Williams, Chief Executive Calderdale Council.

Helen Weir has visited the region and in particular Halifax on a number of previous occasions and continues to build positive relationships in the region.  Helen has direct responsibility for retail operations across the Group and special responsibility for Yorkshire.

During the visit, attendees discussed developments within the region over the last year as well as how the region will continue to play a key role within Lloyds Banking Group.

Helen Weir, Group Executive Director, UK Retail Banking, Lloyds Banking Group said:

 "Halifax, West Yorkshire and the skills of colleagues across the region remain key to the future success of Lloyds Banking Group.  Integration of the Lloyds TSB and HBOS businesses continues at a pace and it's important that we continue to build close working relationships with key representatives from the region and local community to help us complete this journey.

In a statement, Rosie Winterton, Minister for Yorkshire commented:

"The continued engagement with Lloyds at a very high level is good news for the employees at Lloyds Banking Group in Halifax and across the region.  Lloyds re-confirmed that the Halifax brand is integral to the group’s business and that the skills and experience of workers are so highly valued. "

Tom Riordan, Chief Executive of Yorkshire Forward comments:

“In working on the ground with Lloyds over the past year, we have built strong relationships which have given us the opportunity to present the strong commercial case for retaining Halifax and the wider Yorkshire region as a significant base for the company.

"I’m pleased to say that Lloyds recognise we have not only a high calibre, flexible workforce but a ‘team spirit’ in the region between councils, the unions and business which has made a real practical difference. Our discussions yesterday give me confidence in the long term future of the Lloyds Group in West Yorkshire and we will continue to work with the company and our regional partners to ensure this. This is a vote of confidence in the workforce of Halifax and Yorkshire.”



Notes to Editors:

This year, Lloyds Banking Group has made a series of important commitments to Halifax and West Yorkshire.  These are that:

·         By 2011 the Group expects to move to a three hub footprint for its Retail head office locations – Yorkshire will be one of these key hubs, as well as London and the South West (including South Wales).

·         Halifax remains an important location for the Group and is one of the key sites where the Group's mortgage business will be managed.

·         Copley remains a key site for the bank.

·         Halifax remains a core relationship brand for LBG.