Metro Bank, the revolution in British banking, is arriving on-time and on-schedule with a two-day long Grand Opening in Ashford, Kent on Friday 21 and Saturday 22 December.
Located in central Ashford at 95 Ashford High Street, a mere 5-minute walk from Ashford International Station, the launch party will have something for everyone, from free manicures, face-painting and shoe shining, to music, popcorn and dog shows.
Kicking off at 8am on Friday, the store will create around 25 permanent new jobs for local people, and combine traditional face-to-face relationship banking, with state-of-the-art technology, providing residents and businesses with an award-winning banking experience.
The bank, open from early in the morning until late at night, seven-days-a-week, will service the growing needs of over 6,000 local businesses in one of the fastest growing regions of the UK. Offering free business networking sessions, event space for community projects and meetings, as well as its free financial education programme Money Zones for local schools and youth groups, the store will act as a hub for the local community.
The store will be officially opened by the Mayor of Ashford, Cllr Jessamy Blanford, who will be cutting the ribbon, alongside the bank’s Local Director, Kerri Miller and Store Manager, Daniel Shade.
Craig Donaldson, CEO at Metro Bank said: “What a way to end the year. Joining the Ashford community is a milestone for us and I’m delighted that we’re bringing real choice in banking for local residents and businesses. Metro Bank is built around creating fans by providing the very best in service and convenience for our business and personal customers. So, whether it’s opening accounts in minutes; printing debit and credit cards instantly in store; or hosting free business networking, charity and family events, we’re here to surprise and delight. I can’t wait for Metro Bank to become part of the local community.”
The Rt Hon Damian Green, MP for Ashford commented: “I’m delighted Metro Bank is coming to Ashford and providing a big boost to the High Street.”
Mayor of Ashford, Cllr Jessamy Blanford added: "It's very good news that Metro Bank is coming to Ashford. I am sure that this is the friendly face of banking and will offer a wide range of services to both business and to personal customers. My best wishes for success in the future."
The store will offer Magic Money Machines for customers and non-customers alike to count their coins free of charge, instant current account opening, safe deposit boxes for valuables, and the ability to print new and replacement debit and credit cards on the spot.
What’s more, appointments aren’t needed, meaning customers can pop in at a time convenient to them, with all Metro Bank stores open from 8am to 8pm Monday to Fridays, 8am to 6pm on Saturday and 11am to 5pm on Sundays and bank holidays, 362 days a year.