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Merger with Co-op to see Britannia building society vanish and jobs to go in Southampton

By Ed Stilliard

5:07pm Thursday 24th January 2013

Merger to see building society vanish and jobs to go

TWO banks in Hampshire are set to close following a shake-up by the Co-operative Bank following its merger with Britannia building society.

Branches in Southampton and Portsmouth city centres will be shut while the Co-operative Bank closes 37 branches nationwide with a rebrand that will see the Britannia name disappear from the high street.

Southampton's Britannia bank at Hanover Buildings will merge with the Co-operative in Above Bar Street.

The Co-operative branch in Portsmouth's Arundel Street will merge with the Britannia bank in Commercial Road which will become a Co-operative.

The changes will lead 34 job losses, largely at a managerial level, while the bulk of the 188 staff employed across affected banks will be relocated to neighbouring branches.



userds5050 says...
8:21pm Thu 24 Jan 13

Good ethical decision from the Co op.

bazzeroz says...
8:36pm Thu 24 Jan 13

userds5050 wrote:
Good ethical decision from the Co op.
I can see your point as I have just opened a Co-op account because of their ethics but, both locations are within a few hundred yards of each other so, it does make sense and, the Co-op has bailed out Britannia in, effect.

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