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Jonathan Ashworth MP Visits Leicester Metro Bank

15th November 2023

Metro Bank, the community bank, recently welcomed Jonathan Ashworth, Member of Parliament for Leicester South and Shadow Paymaster General to its Haymarket store.

Hosted by Metro Bank Local Director Suraj Madlani and Local Business Manager Waqas Nawaz, Jonathan enjoyed a tour of the bank including the safe deposit boxes, vault, private viewing rooms and the coin counting Magic Money Machine, while Suraj explained about the Bank’s community focus, relationship banking and its aim to exceed expectations on service.

Suraj and Waqas explained how their team supported local businesses, including SMEs and charities. “Our relationship-based approach really helps businesses thrive and sets us apart from other high-street banks,” explains Suraj Madlani, Local Director. ‘’We also talked about our commitment to the high street and the important role banks play in the health of the local community. We discussed the many ways in which we proactively engage with and support the local community and the genuine need for access to cash and face to face banking services.”

Jonathan was interested to hear that we often run business events in-store to help local businesses connect and broaden their networks.

Jonathan was also keen to talk about the store team’s range of activities in the local community.  Metro Bank gives every colleague a Day to Amaze – essentially a paid day off to support a local charity or good cause.  Bank colleagues also deliver Money Zone – a free financial education programme in local schools. Metro Bank’s physical presence in the community is central to its ambition of becoming the number one community bank in the UK.

Metro Bank’s Leicester store is located at 1-3 Haymarket, Leicester, Leicestershire, LE1 3GD. The store is open Monday to Saturday: 8.30am to 6pm, Sundays: 11am to 5pm. Leicester Metro Bank is part of the Safe Space scheme – the store is available to anyone experiencing, or at risk of domestic abuse, providing the opportunity to safely call a helpline, support service or loved one.