Weathering the financial storm
With the effects of the 'credit crunch' gathering pace and likely to continue doing so for the foreseeable future, it's no surprise to see more and more people looking for security for their money above all else.
Here are some of the reasons why we believe we are in a great position to give you the stability you need to help you weather the financial storm.
A more responsible approach
Over the past year, our bank customers have entrusted us with 40% more of their money. Why? Perhaps it's because they know we have a responsible approach to money. An approach which, rooted in our principles going back to 1872, put the co-operative values of fairness and social responsibility first.
The Co-operative Bank is still the only UK high street bank with an Ethical Policy voted on by its customers. So, as a customer, it's you who has the final say about where your money goes and where it doesn't. The Co-operative Insurance and The Co-operative Investments also have their own Ethical Engagement Policy - a world first for the insurance industry.
Committed to being co-operative
Being owned by a co-operative, we're accountable to our members and customers, not stock markets and speculators. Also, because we don't have shareholders to consider, we can aim to deliver stable and sustainable growth and whenever possible avoid taking excessive risks.
Stability for the future
Initiatives like our ethical policies are part of our heritage. And we're justifiably proud of that history. But we never forget that the money we look after belongs to our customers - 'credit crunch' or no 'credit crunch'. Its your money, our responsibility.
Staying on top of your finances is more important than ever, so we're produced some simple tips for managing your finances that could help.
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