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Clydesdale Bank staff go to the top of the class after voluntary work at Islington school

22nd May 2014

Clydesdale Bank staff received a glowing report card from an Islington primary school after carrying out voluntary work including creating a ‘quiet’ corner for younger pupils.

A team of 11 staff from Clydesdale Bank’s London Business and Private Banking Centre undertook community work at St. Andrew’s C.E. Primary School in Islington as part of the Bank’s Business Week.

The visit, on Friday May 16 May, was also arranged to coincide with Give and Gain Day, an international initiative that encourages employee volunteering.

 During the voluntary session, Clydesdale Bank staff cleared and replanted borders, painted benches and created a ‘quiet’ corner with potted plants and shrubs for younger children.
John White, relationship manager at Clydesdale Bank’s London Business and Private Banking Centre, said: “Volunteering is an important way of showing local communities that we support them – and thanking them in turn for their continued support of Clydesdale Bank.

“We hope the children at St. Andrew’s C.E. Primary School enjoy the results of our volunteering as much as we enjoyed rolling up our sleeves and getting out of the office for a day. It is rewarding to know our contribution has helped to brighten up the school for pupils.”

Felicity Djerehe, headteacher at St. Andrew’s C.E. Primary School, said: “We’d like to offer our warmest thanks to the team from Clydesdale Bank. They made a huge difference in a short space of time and we appreciate the transformation.”

The event was staged as part of Clydesdale Bank’s Business Week, held from May 12-16.

Business Week saw more than 250 customer-focused events staged at the Bank’s UK-wide network of Business and Private Banking Centres, including a number across London.
Research commissioned by Clydesdale Bank as part of Business Week suggested that London small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) are ready to invest more than £34bn of their own turnover* into the local economy over the next 12 months.

*Source: Dept BIS.  Annual SME total turnover £425bn

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