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Bank’s investment reflects region’s growth

Alan Dickinson, the bank’s chief executive UK corporate banking, told more than 100 guests at the opening of its new office in Central Milton Keynes that the area was attracting increasing inward investment and was developing a “more sophisticated” customer base.

The new centre in Silbury Boulevard was a part of the bank’s on-going investment programme, he added.

The offices opened in September and has brought together RBS and NatWest corporate and commercial banking and the services of Lombard and Coutts.

Mr Dickinson (pictured) said: “The region’s economy has been growing at a healthy rate over recent years, during which time we have worked with and responded to the changing needs of SMEs and large corporates. RBS recognises Milton Keynes as a growing region. Our objective is to create a centre of excellence that will allow us to offer innovative and flexible thinking, extensive resources and unrelenting focus on our relationships with the business community.”

Graham Laurence, senior director of commercial banking in Milton Keynes and South East Midlands said: “I am really very proud of what we have done with the new building. The real motivation always was to consolidate the business for the benefit of the customer.”

Milton Keynes & North Bucks Chamber of Commerce chief executive Sean Hickey was among the guests at the official opening. He said: ” RBS plays an integral role in supporting businesses around the Milton Keynes area and I see this significant investment as both a sign of their continued commitment to the area, and of the continued success of Milton Keynes in attracting investment of this quality.”