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Yorkshire Bank

The Yorkshire bank was founded in 1859 in Halifax in typically Victorian philanthropic style, and was affectionately known as the Yorkshire Penny Bank. At its peak it had over 900 branches, but today remains one of the UK's leading regional banks with 255 branches throughout primarily Northern England and the Midlands, with a head office in Leeds.
In 1990 the Yorkshire bank was sold to the National Australia Bank Group, and is the focus of their UK operations. Other brands in the NAB group include the Clydesdale bank, National Irish Bank and Northern Bank.

With a little over 5,000 staff, the bank remains a major regional player and as well as offering the usual range of financial services has it's own online sharedealing package, wills and estates consultancy, taxation arm and financial planning service (although that's not the same as an independent financial adviser). Additional services include a dedicated telephone banking service (with simple registration for existing customers) and on- and offline debt repayment advisers for those in financial difficulties.

The Yorkshire Bank doesn't have a particular pedigree in current account banking, but is better known for its mortgages; where it has won the Best Regional Lender award five years running.