Bank of Ireland
Bank of Ireland has a long history of serving personal and business customers in Northern Ireland. We opened our first branches in Belfast, Derry/Londonderry and Newry in 1825 – and we plan to have a long future here.
Bank of Ireland Group has stabilised its financial position, paid back government support and is generating capital. It is well placed to support the development of the Northern Ireland economy and the growth of its business community.
We have strong ambitions for profitable growth in both personal and business banking in Northern Ireland and to building our market share. We are well positioned to pursue new business opportunities which are increasing as the economic environment continues to improve.
Bank of Ireland in Northern Ireland has money to lend for viable business expansion and start-ups, and we’re approving 9 out of 10 credit applications. We are taking the initiative to encourage businesses to apply for finance across all sectors from agriculture to new technology as well as supporting Northern Ireland’s export drive. We have more than 130 very experienced specialist business bankers.
We have seen a distinct uplift in businesses now looking for term funding, either to make acquisitions or to make capital investments. We support expanding lending data for Northern Ireland through the BBA while mindful of commercial and competitive restraints.
Bank of Ireland has pioneered business support programmes through initiatives such as our very successful, twice-yearly Enterprise Weeks that provide practical support and advice to SMEs across the region.
Bank of Ireland is investing strongly in its customer channels in Northern Ireland, ensuring we have a modern branch network integrated with direct online, phone and mobile channels. Since reviewing our branch network in January 2013 we have no further plans for branch closures – and we’re opening a new branch in Derry/Londonderry. We commission independent customer surveys which continue to show high rates of satisfaction with our services.