25 September 2015
High Street Week: Bridgend
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 Bridgend branch which is taking part in Principality's British Sign Language training pilot. Branch manager, Sue Parks tells us more.
Name: Sue Parks
Branch: Principality Building Society: Bridgend Branch
Role: Senior Branch Manager
Number of staff members in branch: Nine.
What makes your high street different?
Bridgend is a market town, which attracts a lot of shoppers. Like many market towns it is now working hard to tread the careful balance of holding on to its traditions and embracing the needs of its changing community to ensure that it continues to be a popular place to visit.
What makes your high street important?
Bridgend town centre has seen a lot of development lately; it had become a meeting place for people of all ages with new restaurants and coffee shops opening. It also provides valuable employment for the area and access to vital services for the community.
How does your branch support your high street?
We work hard to involve the branch with community activities and have developed a strong relationship with the Bridgend Lions and a number of local schools. At Christmas time, staff at the branch dressed as Santa’s elves and lead the Christmas parade through the town, we also manned the Christmas grotto which attracted thousands of people to Bridgend. We were also part of the British Sign Language pilot.
What upcoming community activities does your branch have?
We are supporting a local fun day which aims to provide activities for old and young.
You were part of the Principality British Sign Language training pilot, how important has this become in branch?
We were delighted to start working with our local deaf community in Bridgend as part of the Principality pilot. Through the work we have been doing with British Sign Language, Principality has held a number of events for our staff and our customers to learn sign language. We held a coffee morning for our deaf customers, which was a great success and it was amazing to have the opportunity to communicate using BSL and hear the stories of our customers.
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