The recruitment drive for its next three stores has been designed to meet growing customer demand – and coincides with the opening of Cromwell Road, Earl’s Court in west London today.
The creation of the bank (the first new bank in 100 years)– which has adopted a retail- style model, with seven-day-a-week opening hours and open week days from 8.00am – 8.00pm, has already received 5,000 applicants so far for 150 positions.
Craig Donaldson, CEO at Metro Bank, said: "People have overwhelmingly responded to Metro Bank’s service and convenience model and we are preparing to double the number of our staff to meet demand for a better banking experience.
"The opening of Cromwell Road today further confirms that we are on a crusade to change the way UK consumers bank. Our customers clearly agree with us and have been voting with their feet, which is why we saw them willingly queue to open Metro Bank accounts at the launch of our Holborn store in July."
Although the bank has a 12-hour opening policy, from 8.00am – 8.00pm weekdays, and is open weekends, demand for its services and products often has meant that it stayed open beyond these hours at the launch of its flagship Holborn store. Metro Bank has vowed to repeat this commitment for customers at the opening of its Cromwell Road store today.
Donaldson continued: "People shouldn’t have to put up with inconvenient opening hours from their banks, or restrictions on when they can do their banking."
As with the opening of Metro Bank’s first store in Holborn, customers will be greeted by three days of free giveaways at the Cromwell Road store including free breakfasts, smoothies and popcorn. Stilt walkers, musicians, jugglers and shoe shiners will also be on hand to kick-start the celebrations.
Metro Bank also confirmed it is moving forward the opening of its stores at sites in Fulham Broadway, West London, and Borehamwood, Hertfordshire, in a bid to meet growing customer demand for additional Metro Bank stores. The two developments form part of an ambitious expansion plan by the bank that will involve the opening of more than 200 stores over the next 10 years.
This article was first published on hrmagazine.co.uk