Scotiabank Unveils $1.5b Renovation To Flagship Branch And Headquarters
Kingston Jamaica – December 11, 2020- Now celebrating 131 years of unbroken service to Jamaica, Scotiabank has officially unveiled its newly redesigned and renovated flagship branch in downtown Kingston.
With all social distancing protocols observed, on Thursday (December 10) the Bank hosted a grand opening befitting of its $1.5 billion dollar investment in the new, ultra-modern banking facility. During the proceedings the Bank also unveiled its new Premium and Corporate & Commercial Banking Centres - located on the second floor of its landmark headquarters in downtown Kingston.
In his address at the opening ceremony, Prime Minister of Jamaica, the Most Honourable Andrew Holness congratulated the Scotia Group on the successful completion and reopening of the flagship branch which he hailed as a “forward thinking and progressive move.”
“The vision to overhaul the traditional transactional nature of banking halls and to transform them into hubs of financial empowerment for customers will promote financial inclusion – a necessary measure for Jamaica to improve productivity and efficiency,” Holness said.
“It is essential for Jamaicans to embrace digital technology and digital commerce and in doing so, the first step is to own a bank account,” the Prime Minister also urged.
A key feature of the new branch is an expanded ABM Zone with seven intelligent deposit machines where customers can make deposits, activate and PIN new cards, pay loans, transfer funds and even purchase US dollars in a safe, well-lit, self-contained area 24 hours per day. Another novel feature is the Social Zone outfitted with iPads to allow interested customers to conduct transactions and learn how to use digital banking.
Both incoming and current CEO’s of the hundred-year-old bank were also in attendance and gave insights on the strategy that informed the new branch and corporate office design.
David Noel, who has served in the Bank’s most senior leadership role since 2017, shared that “the significant investment in the branch headquarters is a key signal that the Bank remains committed to Jamaica as one of the key markets in our global Bank”.
He also highlighted that the physical transformation of its office spaces is complemented by a new internal cultural shift for the Bank’s employees.
“We also made significant investments in our head office facility adopting an Activity Based Work philosophy which offers our staff the flexibility to choose work settings based on the nature of the work they are doing at any given time,” he explained. The modern amenities promote both collaboration and efficiency and this is expected to drive greater productivity and improve the Bank’s ability to deliver quality service to customers.
Audrey Tugwell Henry, within her capacity as Executive Vice President, Retail Banking, noted the Bank’s role in helping Jamaica transition to a more digital society.
“We are changing our processes across the entire Scotia Group to make things simpler and more convenient. Next year we will be launching several new features to our online platforms and introducing new products to the market,” Tugwell Henry said in her remarks.
“Over the past few years, the banking landscape has changed significantly and we have been very focused on ensuring that we make the right investments to allow us to meet our customers’ changing needs. We set ourselves the audacious goal of building a bank for the future and redefining what a branch should be,” she added.
Tugwell Henry also noted that under her new remit in 2021, the flagship branch will be a catalyst for further improvements across the Bank’s network.
A longstanding supporter of community-based initiatives, Scotiabank furthered its contribution by announcing a donation of $1million to the Salvation Army Christmas Kettle Appeal to mark the special occasion.
“As 2020 comes to a close, I am very proud of what the Scotia Group has achieved. Our dedicated team of Scotiabankers continue to deliver every day for our customers. Our vision is to be the bank of choice for Jamaica and for all of the Americas,” Noel said in closing.
The Most Honourable Andrew Holness ( 3rd left), Prime Minister of Jamaica and Mr. Julian Robinson ( right), M.P., representing the Leader of the Opposition, joined executives from Scotiabank - Jeffery Hall, Chairman of the Board ( left), David Noel ( 2nd left) , President & CEO of Scotia Group Jamaica and Audrey Tugwell Henry (2nd right), Executive Vice President, Retail Banking for the grand official opening ceremony of the newly renovated Scotiabank Centre in downtown Kingston. The redesigned branch boasts enhanced customer conveniences and a social zone where customers can learn to use Scotiabank’s digital channels in comfort. During the proceedings the Bank also unveiled its new Premium and Corporate & Commercial Banking Centres
Christopher Samuels ( left), Branch Manager of the newly renovated Scotiabank flagship branch in downtown Kingston shows Mr. Julian Robinson, M.P. who represented the Leader of the Opposition, the some of the Scotiabank Online features on an iPad located in the new “Social Zone” which has been constructed as part of the new design for digital banking education.