For a lot of other yet-to-fully-rebrand branches, I would indeed have considered either or both of the possible hurdles that you suggest.WillPS wrote:Not really. There's probably simply an issue regarding planning consent for new signage (perhaps it's a listed building).Three Lefts Do wrote:Seemingly, for non-town/city centre branches the notion of a firm “relaunch date” is somewhat non-existent.
In Cowley (southeast Oxford), the Cheltenham & Gloucester had the temporary “C&G” signage (with the obviously-“TSB”-ready layout) in the weeks prior to 9th Sept, but didn’t make the final name change until at least a few days late.
The LTSB directly opposite it, no changes whatsoever (temporary or otherwise) have occurred to the long-standing LTSB exterior signage and ATM surrounds at all in recent weeks, and remain unchanged even five/six days after the supposed 23rd Sept relaunch. Only the in-branch window posters (“Introducing Lloyds Bank” etc) appeared on launch day, and remain the only indication of what the branch is to become. Shambolic.
However, both the C&G/TSB branch and the LTSB/Lloyds branch that I refer to are in essentially identical shop spaces inside the same ugly 1960s-built shopping mall building. Hence my bemusement.
I'm not sure whether it's as simple as that. I think it may be a bit like what happened to Bradford & Bingley.JAS84 wrote:That's not possible, as C&G no longer exists.
I think it's only something like the "deposits & branch network" side of C&G that has become part of the new TSB, a bit like how only similar parts of B&B went into Abbey/Santander ownership. Meanwhile the "mortgages & savings" side remains as an ongoing C&G business, a bit like the remaining B&B that is currently still in HM Treasury ownership.
That said, I also thought that "C&G Mortgages" were already little more than a "trading name" (or something) for what are effectively LTSB/now-Lloyds mortgages? In which case, C&G indeed doesn't really exist any more. It's all very confuddling. I wonder whether even Lloyds Banking Group themselves actually understand what they've done...