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  • Patrick Street branch leads first phase of PTSB’s branches to open under new branding and signage following Permanent TSB’s rebrand to PTSB announced last weekend.
  • PTSB’s is the largest rebrand in Ireland in 2023 – initial €5 million investment in rebranding and modernisation programme.
  • Repositioning reflects PTSB’s ambitions as a full-service personal and business bank and its focus on changing customer needs.

PTSB Chief Executive Eamonn Crowley welcomed the Minister for Finance, Michael McGrath TD, to the Bank’s Patrick Street branch today to mark the opening of the branch under new branding and signage following the rebrand of Permanent TSB to PTSB announced last weekend.

The Patrick Street branch is PTSB’s flagship branch in Cork and is leading the first phase of PTSB’s branches to be rebranded. Further refurbishment work will take place over the coming months as part of a wider branch investment programme.

The PTSB rebrand is the largest rebrand in Ireland this year and is being supported by an initial €5 million investment in the Bank’s rebranding and modernisation programme.

The rebrand and repositioning is taking placing following the completion of the Bank’s acquisition of substantial parts of the Ulster Bank Retail, SME and Asset Finance businesses in the Republic of Ireland.

Following this acquisition, PTSB is implementing a major overhaul of its brand and business positioning as a full service, customer-focused personal and business bank.

The move is a major statement of intent, reflecting the much larger scale and business diversification of the bank, its customer focus and growing ambitions for the coming decade.

This is the first full rebranding and repositioning of the bank since the launch of the Permanent TSB brand in 2002 following the merger of then Irish Permanent and then TSB Bank.

The new brand and visual identity was launched to over 2300 PTSB staff from all over Ireland at an event in Dublin’s RDS last weekend.

Key elements of the change include

  • A complete rebranding of the bank as PTSB – an acronym of the bank’s full name and current brand (permanent tsb). The new brand name and visual identity will be phased in across the bank’s operations starting immediately and will soon feature across primary branch locations, websites and digital platforms, customer communications and advertising materials. The new name and visual identity will also feature prominently in the bank’s sponsorships, including the Olympic and Paralympic National teams, The Late Late Show, The Ideal Homes Show and the Guaranteed Irish Awards.
  • The introduction of a new customer promise – Altogether More Human – which emphasises PTSB’s intentions as a full-service personal and business bank, to bring great technology and great people together to meet customers’ changing needs and deliver a better banking experience.
  • An initial investment of €5 million into customer research, the development and roll-out of a new visual identity and customer promise and a national advertising campaign, with further investment planned to modernise PTSB locations, including the Bank’s nationwide branch network, over the next 18 months.

The rebrand builds on the bank’s €200 million investment in technology and digital capabilities to enhance customer experience on its online banking platform and digital app, along with its more recent investment of €25 million in support of the refurbishment of its 25 new branches opened earlier this year in communities across the country. The bank has also invested significantly in its people, welcoming more than 330 new staff from Ulster Bank, including Business Direct and Private Banking Teams, and increasing its front-line and customer support staff by 150 over the past year.

The Bank has also invested in improving its customer experience and has put in place a number of initiatives to further support customers, including the introduction of a host role in all 98 branches and the establishment of a vulnerable customer support team, as well as partnering with O’Cualann Co-housing Alliance to enable the development of social and affordable homes across the country. The Bank also recently introduced ‘PTSB Protect’, a new feature to its banking app which will help prevent customers falling victim to fraudulent scams.

The repositioning follows a comprehensive market review and assessment phase conducted over the past 18 months. This involved a customer research programme which explored what customers want and need from their banking partner in the era of fintech, social media, automation and digital banking, and more specifically their attitudes towards the bank itself.

Minister for Finance, Michael McGrath TD said:

“The launch of a brand refresh is an exciting development for PTSB as it aims to deliver a new, modern customer experience grounded in deeper and longer-lasting customer relationships. It is a positive statement of intent now that the bank has a more prominent position in the Irish market, putting it in a stronger position to offer more competition and choice. I remain supportive of PTSB as shareholder on behalf of the State”.

CEO of PTSB, Eamonn Crowley said:

 “We’re delighted to welcome the Minister for Finance to our flagship Patrick Street branch today to mark its rebranding as we begin rolling out our new brand and identity throughout Ireland.

The last year has seen phenomenal change and growth at PTSB and our increased scale has completely changed our position in the Irish market. We wanted to reflect that change by undertaking a fundamental review of our ambition, how we can help and support our customers and stakeholders, and how we want to be perceived in the market over the coming years.

The change of brand name from Permanent TSB to PTSB and our customer promise of being ‘Altogether More Human’ is the outward expression of the positive change already happening across the bank. It represents our commitment to putting customer needs at the centre of how we plan, design and deliver for them, whether that’s digitally, over the phone, in one of our 98 branches across Ireland or a combination of all of these.

Our research has shown very clearly that customers want their bank to progress digitally but not at the expense of human interaction. With branches right across the country, PTSB has always been committed to putting the customer at the heart of our operations and to valuing the human touch in the banking relationship with our customers. We have invested in and embraced technology to enhance the customer experience but not at the expense of the human interactions that our customers expect.”

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