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The Co-operative Bank launches longest free banking introductory offer for SMEs as it steps up competition

19 July 2019


  • The Co-operative Bank nearly doubles its free introductory period from 18 months to 30 months for new SME banking customers – as official data indicates businesses are most likely to struggle in their second year

  • Existing Business Directplus customers currently in their introductory period will see it extended by 12 months, in line with the new offer

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Our partnership with Citizens Advice Manchester

17 July 2019

Our customer-led Ethical Policy underpins everything we do, and that includes the products and services we offer our customers.

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Co-operative Bank reaffirms commitment to female entrepreneurship, by becoming a signatory to treasury's 'Investing in Women Code'

16 July 2019


  • The Investing in Women Code is a commitment by major financial firms to support female entrepreneurship in the UK by improving female entrepreneurs’ access to tools, resources and finance.

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All you need to know before applying for your first credit card

16 July 2019

If you’re new to credit cards, or seeking more information about credit cards, take a look at our handy guide below. We’ll take you step by step through everything you need to know before applying for your first credit card, from what a credit card is, to what the eligibility criteria is when you apply. We’ll also explore the pros of using a credit card, as well as the watch outs you need to take into consideration when making the decision to apply for a credit card.

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Our Continued Investment in SMEs

15 July 2019

I wanted to take this opportunity to thank our business customers for your continued loyalty to the Bank and share with you some good news that will improve the way that you bank with us.

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Ways to save money on your wedding

12 July 2019

According to research conducted by Hitched, the average cost of a UK wedding was £32,000 in 2018. For many of us, that’s a lot of money. Some couples don’t have access to that money, whereas others don't want to spend that much on their wedding.

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We’re delighted to have been voted the ‘Most Trusted Mainstream Bank’ at the Moneywise Customer Service Awards 2019

20 June 2019

Now in its eleventh year, the Moneywise Customer Service Awards are voted for by the public. Consumers across the UK are asked for their views on which financial services companies they trust most, and which offer the highest level of customer service.

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Our Co-operative Spirit in Action

19 June 2019

When people work together, great things happen.


We are a business with deep, historic roots in The Co-operative Movement. Founded in 1872, The Co-operative Bank grew out of the Rochdale Society of Equitable Pioneers and, along with organisations across the co-operative sector; we are built on co-operative values: honesty, openness, social responsibility and caring for others.

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Supporting conservation of the Gola Rainforest with ClimateCare

14 June 2019

We’re pleased to be working with our long-term partner ClimateCare to support conservation projects in the Gola Rainforest.

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What is carbon offsetting?

14 June 2019

We are an ethical bank. We share our customers’ values and ethics, and we use them to guide how we work as a business.

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Mandy Keepax, Soft Services Manager

Zero waste to landfill – taking the first steps

05 June 2019

We’re all aware of a growing demand for action on climate change. Sir David Attenborough’s recent documentaries have highlighted the urgent need for us all to co-operate and take action to save the planet before it’s too late. It’s something we’ve acknowledged in our latest TV advert, which shows our lead character doing some very satisfying recycling.

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The Benefits of Opening a Business Bank Account

21 May 2019

No matter whether you’re a start-up or an established business, you’ll need to set up a business bank account. A business bank account offers a whole host of benefits that play a vital role in the success of your business.

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THE CO-OPERATIVE BANK AWARDED £15M IN FUNDING TO GROW ITS PRESENCE IN THE BUSINESS BANKING MARKET

14 May 2019

Funding will support the Bank’s goal to double its share of the market over the next five years, through the development of products and services for SME customers

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The Co-operative Bank boosts its North West workforce creating more than 100 new roles for IT and digital specialists

02 May 2019

Manchester-based employer The Co-operative Bank has announced more than 100 new jobs for IT and digital specialists as it moves forward with plans to develop its online and digital propositions for customers, from its base in the North West of England.

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How to protect yourself online with a secure password

01 May 2019

World Password Day, on May 2nd, is a day dedicated to spreading awareness of the importance of having a secure password. Secure passwords help to protect you from online security threats and identity theft. In order to mark Password Day, we have developed a guide to help you create a secure password to protect yourself online.

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How a business savings account could benefit your small business

30 April 2019

When you start a small business, your focus is on the here and now of ensuring that you make enough to keep the business afloat. But when your business starts making a profit, you can start planning for the future.


If you plan on growing your business, or just want to make the most of your excess funds, you should consider opening a business savings account.

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The future of fossil fuels and climate change

26 April 2019

The future of fossil fuels and climate change 


“Today we use 100 million barrels of oil every single day...There are no rules to keep that oil in the ground... the rules have to be changed.” - Greta Thunberg, Climate Change Activist


 Now, more than ever we need to think about our climate. We need to start looking to the future and working out how we’re going to make a difference.

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Are you an IT or Change professional with ambitions greater than your current role? We’re looking for ‘people with purpose’ to join us

25 April 2019

Exciting times lie ahead. We’re looking for people like you, to join us and help deliver our transformation. It’s no understatement you’ll play an integral part in delivering simplified and modernised services for our customers and colleagues. You’ll be joining a company that has strong ethics and values at the heart of everything we do, and is the reason so many customers have remained loyal to us.

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How to fund your Britannia account

16 April 2019

Once you’ve decided which Britannia account is right for you, you can start enjoying the benefits by making a deposit.


Depositing funds into your account is easy. You can choose from a number of different ways to pay into your account, so you can start earning interest on your savings.


You can find out how to make deposits to your Britannia account here.

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A message from The Co-operative Bank Chief Executive, Andrew Bester

15 April 2019

I wanted to take this opportunity to introduce myself and share with you the exciting new plans we’ve been working on.

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Raising funds the wonderful way

11 April 2019

Taking part in sponsored events is now a national pastime. For so many reasons often close to our heart, we get inspired to stretch our comfort zones, take on great endeavours or simply create a sense of positive community. From running marathons and jumping out of aeroplanes to baking cakes and hosting coffee mornings, a commitment to raise funds for good causes is always worth the effort.

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The Co-operative Bank announces sponsorship with charity giving platform Wonderful.org

05 April 2019


  • The Co-operative Bank is proud to support a Manchester based fundraising platform that gives 100 per cent of charity donations to good causes.

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Your feedback is shaping the future of our new mobile banking app

04 April 2019

Recently we updated our mobile banking app. We wanted to simplify the registration journey for new users, and have added the ability to save and pay a new payee from within the app itself. We are always making improvements by listening to your feedback, so that you can bank the way you want to.

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Turning a pipe dream into reality

04 April 2019

The Co-operative Bank is proud to work in partnership with Co-operatives UK to continue to develop The Hive, a support programme for any group wanting to start a co-operative or for existing co-ops looking to strengthen or grow.


One such co-op, set up in 2004, is Projekts MCR. After transforming disused land under a busy flyover into space for Manchester’s skateboarding community, they received support from The Hive to expand this unique project. If successful, the park would be the largest managed skatepark in the UK.

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THE CO-OPERATIVE BANK CONFIRMS BID FOR POOL B FUNDING FROM RBS FUND

26 March 2019

The Co-operative Bank today confirms that it will apply for funding from Pool B of the RBS alternative remedies package as part of its strategy to significantly grow its presence in the business banking market and drive greater competition for small business (SME) customers.

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Celebrating International Women’s Day

08 March 2019

Gender equality is part of who we are. That's why we're proud to support International Women's Day on 8 March 2019.

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Helping young people get past the mental and physical effects of homelessness

01 March 2019

Being homeless takes its toll on a young person, putting them at risk of mental and physical health problems. When they start to move on from homelessness, being in good health has a huge impact on how successful they are at finding a home, a job and becoming independent.

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You’ve helped the Centrepoint Helpline to reach even more young people

01 March 2019

When a young person becomes homeless or is worried about their housing situation, it’s unlikely they’ll have the life experience to know what help they’re entitled to from their local council or where to go to find the information they need.

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Centrepoint Helpline – a vital service for young people

01 March 2019

We’ve been working with Centrepoint, the UK’s leading youth homelessness charity, since 2017 and with your help, we’ve raised over £1 million so far to support their mission to end youth homelessness.

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The Co-operative Bank launches new higher interest rate Select Access Saver 10 account

19 February 2019


  • Start 2019 with a savings habit by taking out a Select Access Saver 10 account with The Co-operative Bank.

  • Savers can be assured that by choosing an account with The Co-operative Bank they are putting their money in a bank that is committed to its customer-led Ethical Policy.

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NEW CAMPAIGN PROMOTES ETHICAL BUSINESS BANKING FROM THE CO-OPERATIVE BANK

15 February 2019

NEW CAMPAIGN PROMOTES ETHICAL BUSINESS BANKING FROM THE CO-OPERATIVE BANK



  • The voices of real customers talk about why they chose The Co-operative Bank

  • Research of UK SMEs shows they ‘believe that doing good is as important as doing well’

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LGBT History Month

08 February 2019

LGBT History Month is an annual event - celebrating its 15th year in 2019 - that aims to promote and make more visible the lives of LGBT people, past and present, which are often hidden histories. In the UK, LGBT History Month was set up as part of the Schools OUT UK project in February 2005 and, to this day, continues to have a strong focus on education to raise awareness of, and help to combat, prejudice against those that identify as LGBT.

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UK’s 3.9 MILLION PURPOSE-DRIVEN SMALL BUSINESSES COMMITTED TO MAKING A DIFFERENCE TO CUSTOMERS AND COMMUNITIES

07 February 2019


  • 70 per cent of UK SMEs are driven by a desire to support customers and communities

  • Nine out of 10 SMEs recognise the importance of a clear purpose in business success

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Stefan Tobler

Why one man’s passion for books earned him a top award

06 February 2019

The 2018 Northern Soul Awards was one to remember for Stefan Tobler. He was over the moon to win the “Small Business of the Year 2019” award with his company ‘And Other Stories’. The Co-operative Bank sponsored this particular award and were lucky enough to be there with Stefan at the grand award ceremony, held at Manchester Cathedral.

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Information for customers

23 January 2019

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Brexit uncertainty poses the biggest challenge for UK's SMEs in 2019

14 January 2019


  • Almost a third (30 per cent) of SMEs are worried about the impact Brexit will have upon the economy

  • However, a fifth (20 per cent) remain ambitious for growth in the coming year.

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