Northern Rock Wins Prestigious National Big Tick Award

By Northern Rock, PRNE
Sunday, June 12, 2011

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, England, June 13, 2011 -

Northern Rock has been heralded among the most responsible
businesses in the UK after receiving Business in the Community’s
(BITC) coveted national Big Tick for its work to tackle financial
exclusion in partnership with credit unions.

The Big Tick award is the first level of award available to
entrants of the national BITC Awards for Excellence, which
recognises inspirational programmes that are making a positive
impact on the community, the environment or wider society.

Northern Rock’s contribution, which involved volunteers skilled
in a number of disciplines, helping to rebrand and relaunch South
Tyneside Credit Union as Bridges Your Community Bank, has also been
shortlisted for consideration for the title of Example of
Excellence - the overall winner for the Building Stronger
Communities category.

The final results will be announced at the BITC Awards for
Excellence Gala Event, sponsored by Unilever, which will be held at
the Royal Albert Hall on 5 July.

Northern Rock’s Customer and Commercial Director Andy Tate said:
“We are absolutely delighted to receive this Big Tick in
recognition of our important work in the local community, in this
instance for our work with Bridges.

“We are also honoured to have been shortlisted for the overall
Example of Excellence and we are very proud of what has been
achieved through the dedication of our staff.”

Stephen Howard, Chief Executive of Business in the Community,
said: “I congratulate Northern Rock on achieving its Big Tick. It
is a challenging time for business, but this is a sign that
companies are not losing their focus and are transforming their
businesses to make a positive impact on people and society; and are
prepared to lead by example. That’s what Business in the
Community’s Awards for Excellence is all about - celebrating
responsible business, the leadership that makes it happen and the
benefits to the business and society of doing so.

“Communities and consumers need to see that businesses are
proactive, visible and engaged on the big issues of the day, as
Northern Rock has demonstrated.”

Representatives from Northern Rock will be presented with the
Big Tick award at a regional celebration event at the Gateshead
Hilton at the end of June.

About Northern Rock:

Northern Rock plc is a new bank, authorised by the FSA as a
deposit taker and mortgage lender from 1 January 2010.
It offers href="">savings accounts
(including an href="">ISA)
to customers in the UK and Ireland and href="">mortgages to UK
borrowers. New products, such as href="">fixed
rate bonds, are offered through both direct
channels - including a national branch network - and mortgage

Northern Rock continues to operate within the compensatory
measures agreed with the EC as part of the State Aid approval
announced in October 2009.

About Business in the Community:

Business in the Community’s Awards for Excellence identify and
celebrate companies having a positive impact on the community,
environment, marketplace and workplace.

The Big Tick winners demonstrate significant impact and high
quality management of their responsible business practices and can
show a positive impact both on society and on the business. Now in
their 14th year, they are the UK’s leading awards for responsible
business practice. BITC received over 370 entries for the national
Awards for Excellence.

Business in the Community stands for responsible business - it
is a business-led charity with a growing membership of 850
companies, from large multinational household names to small local
businesses and public sector organisations.

Business in the Community advises, supports and challenges its
members to create a sustainable future for society and to improve
business performance.

Its members work with it to define what responsibility looks
like in the workplace, marketplace, community and the environment -
and the charity shares what it learns about driving performance
through responsible business practice.

Media Contact:
Jule Wilson
Northern Rock House
Newcastle upon Tyne



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