Cashzone ATMs maintain local lifeline at St Helens new Santander branches

Press Release  •  Mar 07, 2012 09:30 GMT

London, 07 March 2012 – Cashzone, the UK’s fastest growing independent ATM provider, has installed 24-hour ATMs at four new Santander branches in St Helens, Merseyside.

Following the closure of Lloyd’s Halifax branches in Thatto Heath, Fingerpost, Rainford and Billinge – including the removal of all the cash machines, Cashzone was selected by Alexander House Agencies Ltd to provide crucial ATM services at the new Santander branches it set up in partnership with St Helen’s Council last year.

The free-to-use ATMs are now fully operational, supporting local businesses and residents which no longer face the threat of needing to travel to the Town Centre to carry out banking and cash withdrawal - as would have been the case without the intervention of the Council and Alexander House Ltd.

 “This is a landmark initiative by Alexander House which has been effective at replacing all the local banking facilities without branch loss.  This excellent initiative has been very important to the local communities affected. The Council has been proud to support the scheme,” commented Councillor Andy Bowden, Cabinet Member for Urban Regeneration and Housing in St Helens.

“We also recognise that access to cash is vital in sustaining local district centres and their businesses and the communities as a whole, so commend Cashzone in playing a key role in seamlessly maintaining these lifelines.”

St Helens Council and Alexander House Ltd responded swiftly to the Halifax closures and effectively contained potential impact to local businesses.

Cashzone’s  Business Development Director, Tim Halford reflects: “The traditional local banking landscape is changing, virtually unchecked.

“Communities are also feeling the impact of numerous challenges to local trading.  Cashzone considers local cash access a major consideration and works closely with local businesses, community leaders and UK councils to identify and maintain vital cash services and is proud to have been of service in St Helens.”

Alexander House Ltd has been promoting the new Santander branches directly to communities in the region, building awareness of the wide range of banking services offered to support residents and trade, keep communities open for business.

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Cashzone is one of the fastest growing independent cash machine operators in the UK with an estate of some 6,000 ATMs across the country.

Part of the Payzone Group, Cashzone was formed through the strategic amalgamation of Cardpoint, Moneybox, Travelex and most recently, OmniCash. It operates out of the City of London with offices in Cheshire and Cramlington in the North East.

Cashzone serves many of the UK’s premium retail, transport and leisure brands as well as local convenience retailers.

Uniquely, Cashzone operates a wholly owned technical support service to maintain unparalleled reliability; dedicated to increasing customer footfall and maximising retail revenues – every transaction counts.

About Alexander House Agencies Ltd

Alexander House Agencies have been providing financial services in St Helens and the surrounding areas for over 25 years. After working closely with major banking organisations throughout this period, the decision by Halifax in 2010 to end agency operations could have had serious ramifications for both the business and our loyal customers. Our partnership with Santander has enabled us to continue to support the local community with a banking service, and provide customers with access to a range of highly competitive products to help meet their financial needs. We look forward to many more years of working closely with Santander and Cashzone to meet the needs of our customers.”

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