New bank coming to the UK soon...ish
Okay, so we’ve more or less established the fact that all banks are venal scum, each of them racing to make more billions of profit than their rivals, while knocking the common man (or ‘customer’) to the floor and/or gutter with a sharp stab of the heel of their shiny jackboots. In essence, anyone who doesn’t hate their bank is either rich or mad or both.
So we’re curious, sceptical and frankly, afraid of a brand new bank that is threatening to launch in the UK, one that is already urging us to ‘love’ it in some teaser poster ads that are cropping up hither and thither.
They’re called Metro Bank and are planning to open 200 branches in the UK, starting in early 2010. They’re the brainchild of US entrepreneur Vernon Hill, founder of Commerce Bankcorp, which prides itself on its customer service and operated a business model based on that of Burger King when it started out in the 1970s.
The new Metro Bank are said to be placing a similar emphasis on customer service with branches open until late, seven days a week. One snag – they still haven’t got a licence to operate in the UK.