Virgin Money throws open its doors to bring better banking to Sheffield
- Virgin Money commits to Sheffield by opening a state-of-the-art customer Lounge
- From 11 July, the Lounge will offer a unique banking experience at 66 Fargate in the city centre
- Everyone invited to launch celebrations across the weekend of 16/17 July to raise money for three local charities
Virgin Money has signalled its commitment to the city of Sheffield by opening a state-of-the-art customer lounge right in the city centre. The new Virgin Money Lounge opens its doors for the first time on Monday 11 July, at 66 Fargate, in the heart of Sheffield.
Virgin Money is one of the UK’s fastest growing challenger banks offering a full range of banking services – current accounts, mortgages, savings, investments, credit cards and insurance – to over three million customers. With an ambition to ‘make everyone better off’, Virgin Money has been voted one of the most trusted banks in the UK1.
With Virgin Money Lounges winning awards in other cities for the quality of customer experience they offer, Virgin Money is now bringing this winning formula to Sheffield.
Virgin Money Lounges are a unique concept in UK banking - interesting, stimulating and, above all, comfortable places where customers and local communities can come together. Lounge visitors can choose to put their feet up and enjoy the facilities, use the Lounge for an informal business meeting or, if a customer decides they want to, they can undertake their personal banking.
The Sheffield Lounge takes the customer experience on offer elsewhere to a new level, offering a games area with two full-size ten-pin bowling lanes, table football, a pool table, air hockey and children’s play area. There is also a quieter floor featuring a library and bar area with complementary soft drinks and refreshments, as well a specially commissioned steel sculpture from Yorkshire artist Anita Bowerman.
To celebrate the opening, Virgin Money is hosting a ‘Charity Super Bowl’ event on Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 July, enabling everyone to have some fun and experience what Virgin Money has to offer, while raising money for three local charities at the same time. Everyone is invited – and all visitors to the Lounge across the weekend will be able to bowl, with Virgin Money converting all points scored into pounds, to be shared across the three charities – St Wilfrid’s Centre, Sheffield and Rotherham Wildlife Trust and Pitsmoor Adventure Playground.
Jayne-Anne Gadhia, Virgin Money’s Chief Executive said: "At Virgin Money our ambition is to make everyone better off, and we’ve set our heart on bringing our unique approach to banking to the people of Sheffield. To do that, we are going to open our most exciting Virgin Money Lounge to-date. Our Sheffield Lounge is much more than just a bank – it’s a place where community and charity groups can meet to work on their plans for the local area. We’ve built a games room because we wanted to create somewhere people could come together and enjoy each other’s company. It’s time for a better kind of bank and Virgin Money and Sheffield’s new Lounge are here to deliver that. We can’t wait to open the doors and welcome everyone into our Lounge and into our business. We hope everyone will come and have some fun with us across the Charity Superbowl weekend and understand just what Virgin Money might be able to do for them."
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Notes to Editors
- Full address of the Virgin Money Sheffield Lounge: 66 Fargate, Sheffield, S1 2HE
- The new Sheffield Lounge becomes the seventh to be opened in the UK, with others open in Edinburgh, Manchester, Norwich, Glasgow and two in London. All Virgin Money Lounges offer free refreshments and snacks, use of iPads, Wi-Fi access, televisions to catch up on the latest news, daily newspapers and facilities to help keep children entertained.
- Access to Lounges is available for all Virgin Money customers and membership is free. As part of Virgin Money’s ambition to make ‘everyone better off’, Lounges are also available for use by the local community for events, charity meetings and fundraising activities.
- More information about Virgin Money Lounges is available at www.virginmoney.com/virgin/about-lounges/
- The three local charities were selected by judging panel following an application period in June, and are:
- St Wilfrid’s Centre: a day centre for the homeless and vulnerable people of Sheffield. They teach how to cook healthy meals on a budget, as well as helping to provide daily three course lunches for their clients.
- Sheffield and Rotherham Wildlife Trust: works to make the natural world relevant to everyone's daily lives. They care for and manage 11 nature reserves across the City, all free for the public.
- Pitsmoor Adventure Playground: a staffed playground that provides indoor and outdoor facilities to 8-13 year olds, and younger children with adult supervision. It also supports additional activities for groups outside normal opening hours, as well as supporting family-oriented events to celebrate the diverse cultural traditions in their neighbourhood.
- 1 The RepTrak survey is the result of more than 1,200 interviews with the UK general public (Q1 2016) by the Reputation Institute. Virgin Money ranked second only to Nationwide, the UK’s largest building society.
About Virgin Money
- Virgin Money offers savings, mortgages, credit cards, current accounts, currency services, pensions, investments and protection products to over 3 million customers across the UK.
- Virgin Money’s business ambition is to make "everyone better off" – this philosophy underpins our approach to business by offering good value to customers, treating employees well, making a positive contribution to society and delivering a profit to shareholders.
- More than 11,500 charities have registered with Virgin Money Giving and, by the end of 2015, over £420 million had been raised for charity through the service since its launch in 2009, resulting in an estimated £13 million more raised for charity because of its not-for-profit model.