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Allied Irish Bank

The Allied Irish Bank as it looks today goes back to a merger of three of Ireland's larger banks in 1966. Since then, as well as expansions specifically in the US and Poland, the AIB has created First Trust Bank (a merger of AIB's Northern Irish operations with TSB Northern Ireland) and in 1995 bought investment management house John Govett.
In Eire, the Allied Irish Bank employs 9000 people in 280 branches, in the UK and Northern Ireland, 3000 are employed in just over 100 branches (61 in the Province and 40 in the mainland).

The AIB is predominantly a business bank, and has attracted remarkable plaudits by winning the Forum of Private Business' "Britain's Best Bank" award almost consistently every year for the past decade. (Of the big Four banks, HSBC came closest ranking third). Despite being ostensibly focused on Ireland, in May 2003 the bank announced a concerted effort to pick up UK business customers.

The bank does also entertain personal customers, although at the moment free banking is restricted to online customers- if you transact personal business through a branch, this will attract fees.

The Allied Irish Bank does not have a corporate social responsibility division, but does however have a code of Group Principles which includes an environmental impact policy, and does contribute in the community to sport, education and the arts.