HSBC TO CLOSE 3 BRISTOL BANKS NEXT YEAR – METRO MAYOR COMMENTS

HSBC is shutting 114 banks next year, including three Bristol branches, the firm confirmed today. The bank said the closures are due to fewer people using physical branches to do their banking. The number of people visiting an HSBC has fallen by 65% in five years, the firm said. The HSBC Downend branch will closeContinue reading “HSBC TO CLOSE 3 BRISTOL BANKS NEXT YEAR – METRO MAYOR COMMENTS”

TIS THE ‘BLEAK’ SEASON – MORE MISERY FOR SHOPPERS AS FOOD PRICES HIT RECORD HIGH – METRO MAYOR COMMENTS

Food inflation surged to 12.4% over the last 12 months to hit a new record amid predictions of dampened Christmas cheer for hard-pressed West of England households. Items such as eggs, meat, dairy products and coffee shot up, according to the latest data from the British Retail Consortium (BRC). This lifted fresh food inflation toContinue reading “TIS THE ‘BLEAK’ SEASON – MORE MISERY FOR SHOPPERS AS FOOD PRICES HIT RECORD HIGH – METRO MAYOR COMMENTS”

METRO MAYOR: WEST OF ENGLAND SHOPS NEED YOU – PLEA AS XMAS COUNTDOWN BEGINS

West of England shops need people’s support more than ever. That was the message from Metro Mayor Dan Norris as residents were urged to back their local high street shops and local indies this Small Business Saturday later this week. There are a whopping 30,000 small firms across the West of England – from butchersContinue reading “METRO MAYOR: WEST OF ENGLAND SHOPS NEED YOU – PLEA AS XMAS COUNTDOWN BEGINS”

SPARKS OF SUCCESS FOR MIDSOMER NORTON WORKERS

Metro Mayor Dan Norris launched a new training course for the region’s electrical engineers funded by a bumper £100,000 cash injection from his West of England Combined Authority. 30 local workers will take part in the free courses in which they will work towards gaining new qualifications enabling them to work in `Hazardous Areas’ inContinue reading “SPARKS OF SUCCESS FOR MIDSOMER NORTON WORKERS”

COME DRIVE WITH US: METRO MAYOR URGES WEST’S UKRAINE GUESTS

Ukrainian refugees are being encouraged to become bus drivers. Metro Mayor Dan Norris helped Stagecoach launch a special recruitment day to encourage the West’s Ukrainian guests to get behind the wheel. At the special open day would be drivers had a chance to try out driving a bus and meet current bus drivers who sayContinue reading “COME DRIVE WITH US: METRO MAYOR URGES WEST’S UKRAINE GUESTS”