24 September 2015
High Street Week: Carmarthen
Principality Building Society has been on the high street for over 150 years. This week we are celebrating the valuable contribution our busy high streets make to the Welsh economy, as well as the vital role they play in community life.
Today we focus on our Carmarthen branch which is celebrating 50 years on the high street. We speak to branch manager Virginia Linnell about how the branch supports the high street.
Name: Virginia Linnell
Branch: Principality Building Society: Carmarthen Branch
Role: Senior Branch Manager
Number of staff members in branch?
We have seven members in total. Four are employed on a full-time basis and three are employed on a part-time basis. We also have a dedicated Mortgage Adviser and offer a full financial advice proposition via our partnership with Legal and General.
Why is the Welsh language so important to your community?
Carmarthen is the town that represents the heart of the county of Carmarthenshire. We are based in the heart of a rural community and we have a large farming population with traditional Welsh families who have for generations held Welsh as their first language. A high percentage of schools in our community are predominantly Welsh-speaking which again has a massive influence on the language utilised. Many of our customers speak Welsh as their first language and so it is important for us to encourage the use of the Welsh language and be able to help them with their transactions in welsh as much as we can.
This year is your 50th year on the high street, what makes your high street important?
Our high street, namely Guildhall Square is the central point within the town and is the main thoroughfare through the town of Carmarthen. Having been in Carmarthen for 50 years we know the area and our customers extremely well and our presence on the high street is very important to us.
What makes your high street different?
Our high street is fantastic but one of the main difference of the high street is that we sit in the heart of the town with a lot of history surrounding us. Guildhall Square is the home of the Crown and Magistrates Courts’ building known as ‘Guildhall.’ The hall was built in 1771 on the site of a medieval hall. Outside the Guildhall there is a South African War Memorial dating back to 1906 in memory of those who died in the war from 1889 – 1902. Guildhall Square attracts many tourists who have an interest in the history of the town.
How does your branch support your high street?
Principality has offered the community of Carmarthen support with their finances for over 50 years. Today, we sit alongside other financial institutions and retail outlets within the town of Carmarthen. We offer a fully bilingual service with all members of staff fluent in the Welsh language and welcome the opportunity of meeting new and existing members through the doors of Principality. We are all proud of our heritage and are passionate about supporting the community of Carmarthen.
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