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Nationwide could close up to four service centres

Nationwide has placed 145 staff in consultation as it considers closing four of its six mortgage service centres.

The lender says it is considering closing its centres in Birmingham, Chester, Doncaster and Newcastle and transferring these services to its two other centres in Glasgow and Northampton.

The proposals have resulted in all 145 staff from the centres being placed in consultation until the end of May.

A spokeswoman for Nationwide says: “It is too early to talk about redundancies. We are looking at proposals to close four of our centres. We believe that operating a smaller number of larger contact centres will allow us to become efficient.”

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  • Dan McGeehan 8th April 2010 at 4:14 pm

    I have used the Nationwide Service centre in glasgow for a number of years and the service has always been excellent. The only drawback recently is when the calls have been diverted to Newcastle it can become frustrating when you cannot speak to the actual u/w. If they do merge I hope the service does not suffer.

  • Jamie 8th April 2010 at 4:03 pm

    I think that it is not Glasgow that is awful. As for the Halifax, they have relocated away from Glasgow to Livingstone. Tethering problems, but Abbey seem to have got a wee bit better

  • Paul Brown 8th April 2010 at 11:32 am

    Agree with all other comments. Nationwide at Chester have been great. Don’t they realise that as business picks up more cases will follow. Have to agree with comment re Glasgow … Abbey prove it’s awful up there!

  • Jon Bentley 8th April 2010 at 11:21 am

    Tragic news! I use the Newcastle centre. The service is professional and very efficient. The staff are extremely helpful and friendly. Sad day if it closes.

  • steven whitehead 8th April 2010 at 10:40 am

    the loss of the Newcastle service centre would be a big loss – the staff are very knowledgable and efficient and they are actually very enthusiastic – i have had experience of Northhampton and it was a complete nightmare -this would do a lot of damage to the Nationwide’s reputation

  • Barry Newton 8th April 2010 at 12:21 am

    I’ve used Chester for several years and they’re brilliant.
    Nationwide – Don’t do it.

  • Phillip Cope 7th April 2010 at 11:49 pm

    Glasgow again!!!! Doesn’t anyone learn from the Halifax and the fiasco known as Abbey!!!!!!!!

  • paul gallagher 7th April 2010 at 8:33 pm

    The service from Chester has been excellent, with one telephone call which is directed to the appropriate person sorting everything out. In comparison, it can take an hour to speak to the wrong person at the Woolwich

  • Thelma Bell 7th April 2010 at 7:51 pm

    Gutted!My favourite lender getting rid of a superb service centre in Newcastle! The staff are professional, knowledgeable and efficient- everything the other lenders don’t have to offer!!! REALLY disappointed with this news.

  • RW 7th April 2010 at 7:01 pm

    It is sad to hear this news but if the producers stop producing then administrators will be hit. I hope the FSA are reading this article with their large expenses, your day is coming.

  • Barry Newton 7th April 2010 at 6:23 pm

    I’ve used Chester for several years and they’re brilliant.
    Nationwide – Don’t do it.

  • Ballbag 7th April 2010 at 5:42 pm

    What a pity, I’ve always had really fast and efficient service from their Birmingham Centre – just the complete opposite of the likes of Abbey.

  • Don Sherwood 7th April 2010 at 5:26 pm

    A shame about Chester, Ihave used them regulary over the last three years and always had good and prompt service

  • Andrew Rowe 7th April 2010 at 4:59 pm

    Shame they close the most effecient centres. Last closure was Swansea and now Chester.

  • Anon 7th April 2010 at 4:52 pm

    I am not surprised at this, as I have not used them for some time now. Do feel for staff loosing their jobs tho !!