NORTHERN Rock has been presented with a prestigious national award for its work to help tackle financial exclusion.
The Newcastle-based bank won a “highly commended” prize from the Prince of Wales’ Business in the Community (BITC) charity at its national awards.
Last month, the charity awarded Northern Rock a Big Tick award for its ongoing project to help rebrand, relaunch and support Bridges – Your Community Bank, formerly South Tyneside Credit Union.
Judges were so impressed with the nomination that Northern Rock was also selected as one of only two North East organisations to be shortlisted for the coveted title of Example of Excellence in their respective categories.
The national Big Tick award is the first level of award available to entrants of the national BITC Awards for Excellence, which recognise inspirational programmes that have a positive impact on the community, the environment or wider society.
Northern Rock was one of six companies to achieve it this year before being highly commended in the category of the UK’s Example of Excellence in Building Stronger Communities.
Northern Rock’s contribution involved a team of employee volunteers skilled in a number of disciplines helping Bridges – Your Community Bank.
It continues to support Bridges as part of its flagship community programme which focuses on assisting those in financial difficulty.
Executive chairman Ron Sandler said: “We are honoured to have received this additional commendation, and to have been shortlisted as Business in the Community’s Example of Excellence 2011, for our important work in the local community, in this instance for our work with Bridges – Your Community Bank.
“Our Big Tick Award is proudly displayed in Northern Rock’s head office.”