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Alliance & Leicester
Alliance & Leicester is to relocate 150 call centre jobs from Leeds to a Santander site in Bradford in February.
Alliance & Leicester is to close its Heritage House office in Leicester, and most of the 250 staff will relocate to sites in Narborough, Teesside and Sheffield.
Alliance & Leicester, the bank with 7,300 staff and 254 branches, is to be acquired by Santander of Spain for £1.3bn, and the business will be merged with Santander's chain of 705 Abbey branches.
Alliance & Leicester has won approval for the £20m redevelopment of the former Girobank headquarters in Bootle over the next three years, in order to improve facilities for almost 2,000 business banking and call centre staff.
Alliance & Leicester Commercial Bank is opening a new business centre at The Plaza in Liverpool, and plans to open further centres in 2006.
Alliance & Leicester has sold its payment processing operation to Nova Information Systems of the US for £83m.
Alliance & Leicester is recruiting 100 additional staff at call centres in Leicester and Narborough.
Alliance & Leicester has sold its credit card business to MBNA of the US for £225m, but will continue to sell cards in an outsourcing arrangement with MBNA.
Alliance & Leicester is looking to spend up to £500m on acquisitions to expand its retail and small business banking operations.
Alliance & Leicester is to set up a chain of stores to provide information to people planning to buy or improve homes, with the first two outlets opening in Banbury and Leamington Spa.
Alliance & Leicester is planning to expand its chain of 309 branches this year, and will also install 1,500 new cash machines.
Alliance & Leicester is planning to invest £15m in the launch of an online wealth management service early next year.
Alliance & Leicester is to rename its Girobank small-business division to Alliance Business Banking, and is also looking to set up a joint venture with an invoice discounting and factoring supplier.
Alliance & Leicester is investing £15m in an internet bank project, which is expected to become a stand-alone offshoot.