‘No stupid rules’ as new bank moves in to Brighton

A new bank which promises to shake up the high street is to open in Brighton.

Metro Bank is recruiting for 30 jobs for its new site in North Street, Brighton, after it was handed planning permission by Brighton and Hove City Council.

The unconventional money lender is hiring cashiers, customer service representatives and assistant store managers for its new branch.

The bank has raised eyebrows in the financial world for its casino-style layout, dog-friendly ethos and slogan: “No stupid bank rules.”

The new Brighton branch will take up two discount shops and an office in 80-82 North Street.

In July, the council’s planning committee rejected an application from the bank to open the outlet near Churchill Square shopping centre. In October it launched a fresh attempt to open a branch in a city centre.

Green light

And the bank was given the green light to open at the end of last month by officers rather than the planning committee.

Council leader Jason Kitcat, whose Regency constituency includes the Churchill Square area, has written in support of the bank’s plans. He told the Argus that the fact Metro Bank wanted to open in Brighton was a “feather in a cap for the city”.

Craig Donaldson, chief executive of Metro Bank, said it has offered to pay for the refurbishment of nearby offices so Brighton Housing Trust, which occupies the second floor of the building, can move its support services.

Metro Bank added it is committed to lending to businesses in the area.

Nick Simon, store manager at the new branch, said: “I am delighted to be part of the future of banking in Metro Bank and excited to launch the very first store in Brighton.”

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6:30pm Tue 4 Dec 12

lordenglandofsussex says...

Banks are banks. At the end of the day they are out to make money from people ie legalised theft via interest rates.

Ask your MP who owns the Bank of England and they couldn't tell you because they are not allowed to ask that question in Parliament!

That says it all really.
Banks are banks. At the end of the day they are out to make money from people ie legalised theft via interest rates. Ask your MP who owns the Bank of England and they couldn't tell you because they are not allowed to ask that question in Parliament! That says it all really. lordenglandofsussex

7:55pm Tue 4 Dec 12

Lady Smith says...

So - what ARE these 'no stupid rules', then? And why are we supposed to get so excited about a new bank opening? Am I missing something?
So - what ARE these 'no stupid rules', then? And why are we supposed to get so excited about a new bank opening? Am I missing something? Lady Smith

7:58pm Tue 4 Dec 12

Fercri Sakes says...

Good news!

Although I wonder how the silly Green-haters are going to work their "Sign my 'Get The Loony Greens Out' petition" into this story?
Good news! Although I wonder how the silly Green-haters are going to work their "Sign my 'Get The Loony Greens Out' petition" into this story? Fercri Sakes

8:29pm Tue 4 Dec 12

inadaptado says...

Fercri Sakes wrote:
Good news!

Although I wonder how the silly Green-haters are going to work their "Sign my 'Get The Loony Greens Out' petition" into this story?
Wait, do you mean they need a reason?
[quote][p][bold]Fercri Sakes[/bold] wrote: Good news! Although I wonder how the silly Green-haters are going to work their "Sign my 'Get The Loony Greens Out' petition" into this story?[/p][/quote]Wait, do you mean they need a reason? inadaptado

10:47pm Tue 4 Dec 12

Hove Actually says...

Fercri Sakes wrote:
Good news!

Although I wonder how the silly Green-haters are going to work their "Sign my 'Get The Loony Greens Out' petition" into this story?
Isn't Kitcrap the bloke who leads the silly greens who are the same people that "Get the greenies out petition " is all about?
[quote][p][bold]Fercri Sakes[/bold] wrote: Good news! Although I wonder how the silly Green-haters are going to work their "Sign my 'Get The Loony Greens Out' petition" into this story?[/p][/quote]Isn't Kitcrap the bloke who leads the silly greens who are the same people that "Get the greenies out petition " is all about? Hove Actually

8:15am Wed 5 Dec 12

Dealing with idiots says...

Would not want to disapoint you all so here it is!

Vote of no confidence in the Green administration e- petition now live on the Brighton and Hove City Council website. If you love your city and want to end the waste and destruction of the Greens, please sign the petition. We need 1250 signatures to get this discussed in full council. Surely there are 1250 angry people in the city who want to make a difference? Save Our City.
http://present.brigh
ton-hove.gov.uk/mgEP
etitionDisplay.aspx?
ID=360&RPID=6033530&
HPID=6033530
Would not want to disapoint you all so here it is! Vote of no confidence in the Green administration e- petition now live on the Brighton and Hove City Council website. If you love your city and want to end the waste and destruction of the Greens, please sign the petition. We need 1250 signatures to get this discussed in full council. Surely there are 1250 angry people in the city who want to make a difference? Save Our City. http://present.brigh ton-hove.gov.uk/mgEP etitionDisplay.aspx? ID=360&RPID=6033530& HPID=6033530 Dealing with idiots

8:42am Wed 5 Dec 12

Dealing with idiots says...

Just to set the record straight, I don't hate the Greens, just the poorly thought out strategy they have cobbled together for the city.
This is a direct result of them not expecting to win in the local elections and consequently had no plan to run Brighton and Hove. If anyone who voted Green had bothered to read their local manifesto this would have been patently obvious. I am sure they are well intentioned ( well most ) but as we all know the road to hell is paved with those. Combine this with frothing one trick ponies like Phelim and no business expertise Kitcat.....voila the mess we have today.
Once they realise that if they strangle business in town, the number of unemployed will go up and they will have less cash to spend on environmental projects and front line services.
I want to live in a clean and safe city but it needs to be run by people who work for its citizens not those who see it as an opportunity to have a 'lark' and try out their pet enviro projects.

Don't forget to vote!
http://present.brigh
ton-hove.gov.uk/mgEP
etitionDisplay.aspx?
ID=360&RPID=6033530&
HPID=6033530
Just to set the record straight, I don't hate the Greens, just the poorly thought out strategy they have cobbled together for the city. This is a direct result of them not expecting to win in the local elections and consequently had no plan to run Brighton and Hove. If anyone who voted Green had bothered to read their local manifesto this would have been patently obvious. I am sure they are well intentioned ( well most ) but as we all know the road to hell is paved with those. Combine this with frothing one trick ponies like Phelim and no business expertise Kitcat.....voila the mess we have today. Once they realise that if they strangle business in town, the number of unemployed will go up and they will have less cash to spend on environmental projects and front line services. I want to live in a clean and safe city but it needs to be run by people who work for its citizens not those who see it as an opportunity to have a 'lark' and try out their pet enviro projects. Don't forget to vote! http://present.brigh ton-hove.gov.uk/mgEP etitionDisplay.aspx? ID=360&RPID=6033530& HPID=6033530 Dealing with idiots

8:52am Wed 5 Dec 12

DC Brighton says...

lordenglandofsussex wrote:
Banks are banks. At the end of the day they are out to make money from people ie legalised theft via interest rates.

Ask your MP who owns the Bank of England and they couldn't tell you because they are not allowed to ask that question in Parliament!

That says it all really.
Legalised theft via interest rates. Ha! Ha! Now I'll admit that lending rates are too high on short-term loans but would you fancy taking on that risk for no reward?
No, of course you wouldn't.
[quote][p][bold]lordenglandofsussex[/bold] wrote: Banks are banks. At the end of the day they are out to make money from people ie legalised theft via interest rates. Ask your MP who owns the Bank of England and they couldn't tell you because they are not allowed to ask that question in Parliament! That says it all really.[/p][/quote]Legalised theft via interest rates. Ha! Ha! Now I'll admit that lending rates are too high on short-term loans but would you fancy taking on that risk for no reward? No, of course you wouldn't. DC Brighton

9:36am Wed 5 Dec 12

Fercri Sakes says...

Dealing with idiots wrote:
Just to set the record straight, I don't hate the Greens, just the poorly thought out strategy they have cobbled together for the city.
This is a direct result of them not expecting to win in the local elections and consequently had no plan to run Brighton and Hove. If anyone who voted Green had bothered to read their local manifesto this would have been patently obvious. I am sure they are well intentioned ( well most ) but as we all know the road to hell is paved with those. Combine this with frothing one trick ponies like Phelim and no business expertise Kitcat.....voila the mess we have today.
Once they realise that if they strangle business in town, the number of unemployed will go up and they will have less cash to spend on environmental projects and front line services.
I want to live in a clean and safe city but it needs to be run by people who work for its citizens not those who see it as an opportunity to have a 'lark' and try out their pet enviro projects.

Don't forget to vote!
http://present.brigh

ton-hove.gov.uk/mgEP

etitionDisplay.aspx?

ID=360&RPID=6033
530&
HPID=6033530
Again, you haven't given me a reason to sign the petition. Just some anti-Green rhetoric and some personal attacks on the ability of certain council members.

I know that can work on more narrow-minded people but it shows a certain desperation on your part.

Is unemployment a new problem in the city? Has it got worse since the Green administration came to power compared to the rest of the country? Give us some facts on why this council is the shambles that you constantly portray and maybe I'll sign it. But at the moment your reasons have the same intellectual clout as breaking wind.
[quote][p][bold]Dealing with idiots[/bold] wrote: Just to set the record straight, I don't hate the Greens, just the poorly thought out strategy they have cobbled together for the city. This is a direct result of them not expecting to win in the local elections and consequently had no plan to run Brighton and Hove. If anyone who voted Green had bothered to read their local manifesto this would have been patently obvious. I am sure they are well intentioned ( well most ) but as we all know the road to hell is paved with those. Combine this with frothing one trick ponies like Phelim and no business expertise Kitcat.....voila the mess we have today. Once they realise that if they strangle business in town, the number of unemployed will go up and they will have less cash to spend on environmental projects and front line services. I want to live in a clean and safe city but it needs to be run by people who work for its citizens not those who see it as an opportunity to have a 'lark' and try out their pet enviro projects. Don't forget to vote! http://present.brigh ton-hove.gov.uk/mgEP etitionDisplay.aspx? ID=360&RPID=6033 530& HPID=6033530[/p][/quote]Again, you haven't given me a reason to sign the petition. Just some anti-Green rhetoric and some personal attacks on the ability of certain council members. I know that can work on more narrow-minded people but it shows a certain desperation on your part. Is unemployment a new problem in the city? Has it got worse since the Green administration came to power compared to the rest of the country? Give us some facts on why this council is the shambles that you constantly portray and maybe I'll sign it. But at the moment your reasons have the same intellectual clout as breaking wind. Fercri Sakes

2:01pm Wed 5 Dec 12

Dealing with idiots says...

If you don't believe me then go out and speak to a cross section of the working and employing people of Brighton and Hove and see what they say. I have lived in the city for 30 years and have lived under all colours. They all do stupid things (such is life ) but the scale of the current bunch is beyond the pail.
Obviously I would like to convince you to support our cause. Come in the water is cold but very refreshing.
If nothing else our petition will focus the attention of the opposition parties on the real job in hand, serving all the people of the city. Not just the radical end of the wedge.
If you don't believe me then go out and speak to a cross section of the working and employing people of Brighton and Hove and see what they say. I have lived in the city for 30 years and have lived under all colours. They all do stupid things (such is life ) but the scale of the current bunch is beyond the pail. Obviously I would like to convince you to support our cause. Come in the water is cold but very refreshing. If nothing else our petition will focus the attention of the opposition parties on the real job in hand, serving all the people of the city. Not just the radical end of the wedge. Dealing with idiots

6:45pm Wed 5 Dec 12

KarenT says...

Don't know what they mean by "dog friendly ethos". I always take my dog into the bank with me (Co-Op, NatWest, etc), and have never been told I can't.
Don't know what they mean by "dog friendly ethos". I always take my dog into the bank with me (Co-Op, NatWest, etc), and have never been told I can't. KarenT

11:38pm Wed 5 Dec 12

mimseycal says...

I went to the last Traffic Committee meeting and if nothing else, it convinced me that the petition is worth signing. I never saw a more blatant idiological battle field then that committee. It would have been hilarious if it wasn't so tragic.

I was impressed by the highly biased chairmanship. But what really tipped the balance for me were the childish antics of that Green councillor who sat there pulling faces ... like any elementary school pupil in reception ... at the 'opposition' councillors.

Serious professional councillors who are really concerned with all the residents in Brighton & Hove? I think not!
I went to the last Traffic Committee meeting and if nothing else, it convinced me that the petition is worth signing. I never saw a more blatant idiological battle field then that committee. It would have been hilarious if it wasn't so tragic. I was impressed by the highly biased chairmanship. But what really tipped the balance for me were the childish antics of that Green councillor who sat there pulling faces ... like any elementary school pupil in reception ... at the 'opposition' councillors. Serious professional councillors who are really concerned with all the residents in Brighton & Hove? I think not! mimseycal

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