The local community turned out in force last night (Thursday) to celebrate something different - the opening of a new bank, owned by three of Tamworth’s very own businessmen.
Mayor of Tamworth, James Treloar, Bank of Queensland’s National Manager Accreditation, Garry Allsopp and a bevy of local community members were on hand to show their support for Tamworth’s first Owner-Managed Bank of Queensland branch.
Tamworth is one of many regional centres Bank of Queensland is venturing into as part of its rapid expansion throughout Australia.
Mr Allsopp formally welcomed the Bank’s newest Owner-Managers, thanking them for partnering with the Bank to take on the challenge of offering the community a fresh approach to banking.
“A number of experienced bankers have been discovering they can be their own boss and make a significant difference to the communities in which they serve,” he said.
“These three Owner-Managers have taken a big step to change the face of banking in Tamworth.”
Bank of Queensland Tamworth Owner-Managers Warren Grills, Peter Balding and Chris Smith said they would provide exceptional service to Tamworth, and offer a different banking experience to the existing financial institutions and finance brokers in the area.
“There were so many limitations when working for a corporate-owned branch and we knew there had to be a way around this. And that is why we couldn’t turn down the opportunity of owning our own branch,” Mr Grills said.
“Our key objective is to provide the exceptional long-term customer service that customers can only expect from an owner-operated business, backed by the strength of a well-regarded financial institution like Bank of Queensland.
“We understand how much people loathe changing financial institutions saying ‘it doesn’t matter where we go, all banks are the same’, but we are here to show Tamworth we are different.
“Bank of Queensland’s OMB model has given us the opportunity to create an environment where the relationship is a strong one - this is our business, we won’t get transferred, and are here for the long haul.”
Bank of Queensland Tamworth is a full service branch, offering highly competitive commercial and retail products, an ATM facility, extended trading hours including Saturday morning, and internet banking.
The new branch is situated at Shop 1, 186 Marius Street, Tamworth and can be contacted directly on 6701 9088.