10 May 2016

Pride of Britain

TSB and Trinity Mirror announce five-year Pride of Britain partnership. 

New research from TSB reveals that four-fifths (82%) of Brits are proud of their local community with almost a third (29%) saying it's the people who live there who trigger this feeling. Those most likely to fly the flag in support of people in their neighbourhood are from Wrexham (71%), Birmingham (41%) and Chelmsford (39%).

This DNA of British pride is made up of care and consideration (37%), community spirit (32%) and honesty (29%), with a sense of humour (28%) and hard working spirit (27%) following closely behind. Other factors include people 'helping each other', 'pitching in when things go wrong' and 'contributing rather than taking.'

With British pride riding high, today, TSB and Trinity Mirror announce an exclusive five-year partnership with Pride of Britain and Pride of Sport . Trinity Mirror and TSB will work together to boost support for the awards which celebrate ordinary people doing extraordinary things.

For 17 years, Pride of Britain has celebrated the nation's unsung heroes - Brits of all ages and all walks of life who make a real difference to local communities and to the lives of so many. These heroes range from children whose courage is awe-inspiring to members of the armed forces and emergency services going way above and beyond the call of duty. Last year, close to five million people tuned in to watch The Pride of Britain Awards honour the achievements of these remarkable people.

Similarly, Pride of Sport celebrates the nation's local sporting heroes and champions grass roots sports - recognising amazing people across all walks of life who have gone the extra mile to help others - whether that's playing, coaching or volunteering.

Paul Pester, Chief Executive Officer, TSB said:"Pride of Britain and Pride of Sport celebrate ordinary people who do extraordinary things in their local communities. This partnership fits perfectly with TSB and what we've set out to do. It all stems back to local people helping local people. At TSB, we're a group of ordinary people who are trying to do something that is extraordinary; trying to change an industry, bring local banking back to Britain and make banking better for all UK consumers.

"It's exactly 206 years to the day since the Reverend Henry Duncan set up the very first Savings Bank which led to the TSB of today. He was TSB's original ordinary person who achieved extraordinary things for his local community. I can't think of a better day to announce how we'll be carrying forward that legacy in partnership with Pride of Britain."

To build on the heritage of the past 17 years, the Pride of Britain partnership will run throughout the year in addition to the annual award ceremonies to deliver more content and opportunities for more people across Britain to get involved with the awards through local TSB branches.

Peter Willis, Founder of the Pride of Britain Awards and Weekday Editor of the Daily Mirror, said:"We at the Mirror are both delighted and excited to be partnering with TSB on Pride of Britain because they are so positively committed to the local communities in which they serve.

"Pride of Britain has always been about celebrating the very best of British people, those modest unsung heroes who make a difference, and the very best of British values. TSB is a perfect fit because they champion everything Pride of Britain stands for and represents. We relish the opportunity of working with all the partners at TSB on finding and recognising the true heroes in communities who make their world a better place. And make Britain great."

Communities Secretary, Greg Clark MP, said:"For 17 years the Pride of Britain awards have shone a light on those people across the country who quietly go above and beyond to help their neighbours and make their communities better places to live.

"Today's survey demonstrates just how highly this is valued, with four fifths of those questioned being proud of their community, and almost a third citing the people living locally as a reason for that.

"By recognising their achievements through these awards, we can help inspire others to follow their example and make their local areas even better places to live."

This is just the latest strand of TSB's commitment to local communities. Yesterday, Monday 9 May, the Bank launched the second year of its Local Charity Partnerships programme. The programme empowers TSB branches to choose local independent cause to support with fundraising and volunteering, rather than a single national charity of the year. In 2015 this led to a doubling of funds donated with nearly 500 local organisations sharing over £800k.

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Notes to editors

TSB was built to bring more competition to British banking - to be a real challenger to the big banks and to deliver the kind of banking the people of Britain want. TSB only serves local customers and local businesses, to help fuel local economies, because communities thriving across Britain is a good thing for all of us.

We have a simple, straightforward and transparent banking model and make clear on our website how we operate and make money. We offer the products and services people tell us they want, with none of the funny stuff people normally associate with traditional banks.

Our 4.8 million customers, award winning mobile and digital banking, nationwide network of branches and 8,600 Partners mean we are big enough to make a difference, but small enough to be an agile challenger to the entire market.

For further information about TSB Bank plc, please visit our website www.tsb.co.uk.

The Pride of Britain Awards ceremony will be held on 31 October 2016, and televised on ITV. The Pride of Sport Award ceremony will be held on 7 December.

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