First Trust Bank (AIB)
First Trust Bank will from the end of November 2019 become AIB, trading as AIB (NI), following the official announcement of its intention to rebrand earlier this year.
This will mean that all First Trust Bank operations, products and services will rebrand as AIB on a phased basis to create a shared and unified brand for its customers across all business operations from 2020. www.aibni.co.uk
Over the past number of years, AIB Group have invested £10 million in transforming First Trust Bank, enhancing its products, services and digital capability and thereby improving the customer experience. Rebranding as AIB is seen as a natural progression in its transformation given that the Bank already operates as AIB in both the Republic of Ireland and Great Britain. This move marks a continuation of the bank’s strategy of closer integration in its three main markets, and ensures all geographies operate under a single, revitalised brand identity, delivering customers a strong, customer focused proposition.
All existing customers have been advised of this change already and more importantly reassured that there will be no interruption to services during this time. They will not be required to take any action as a result of the rebrand other than note the brand changeover.
The full rebrand process will happen on a phased basis starting from 28th November 2019 when customers and other stakeholders will see the First Trust name, logo, strapline and contact details being replaced with the AIB equivalents.
Further details are available at www.aibni.co.uk if anyone has any queries.
Prior to the 2019 rebrand, First Trust Bank was created in 1991 when TSB Northern Ireland merged with the AIB Group's other interests. The bank can trace its existence back to 1816 with the founding of the Belfast Savings Bank.
Specialist services, including mortgages, invoice discounting and asset finance are based in Belfast and delivered throughout the division.
AIB Group (UK) p.l.c. trading as First Trust Bank in Northern Ireland retains the right to issue its own banknotes up to midnight on 30th June 2020, after which due notice has been given to the Bank of England that it will cease this activity. All First Trust Bank banknotes (including earlier notes issued under the names Provincial Bank of Ireland Limited (to 1976), Allied Irish Banks Limited (1977 – 1986) and Allied Irish Banks plc (1987 – 1993) in circulation will remain legal currency until 30th June 2022, and can be spent, accepted or lodged as normal until then. Arrangements are in place to exchange any remaining notes held after that date, full details of which can be found at www.firsttrustbank.co.uk/banknotes
Head Office: 92 Ann St, Belfast BT1 3HH