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  • “Thank you to you and your team for their absolutely magnificent efforts in getting the mortgage offer out so quickly. Please pass on our appreciation as we cannot believe how quickly it was turned around"

    Belfast Mortgage Customer
  • “The local staff are the Society’s greatest asset”

    Mr M., Coleraine
  • “The Bangor staff are always happy and very welcoming, I couldn’t ask for anything better”

    Mr N., Bangor
  • “The staff in the Coleraine branch are a delight to see. They make time to have a conversation with you. They have always been so helpful to me”

    Mr McF., Coleraine
  • “The staff in the Coleraine branch have a very pleasant manner in dealing with their customers, I am very satisfied with their service”

    Mrs W., Portstewart
  • “I am very happy with my dealings with the Progressive and wish that other financial institutions were as pleasant and efficient to deal with”

    Mrs McG., Coleraine
  • “The staff in the Enniskillen branch are more than helpful and are always very happy to greet me. It is a pleasure to go to the branch as it cheers up my day”

    Mrs M., Enniskillen
  • “The staff in the Coleraine and Belfast branches are very helpful. They are very willing to go the ‘extra mile’ when they need to”

    Mr McG., Limavady
  • “Your help with our re-mortgage was and has been invaluable! Once more I wish to thank you for your interest and support.”

    Belfast Mortgage Customer
  • “The staff are always polite and helpful in the L/Derry office. When I go the branch I get a great reception and the staff are very pleasant”

    Mr M., Londonderry
  • “I am always pleased with any contact I have with Progressive Building Society. The staff are very friendly and informative”

    Mrs P, Belfast
  • “I have always admired the quiet efficiency of Progressive staff in the Ballymena branch”

    Mrs R., Ballymena
  • “My wife and I are extremely pleased with the support and guidance that we received from the staff and management at Progressive throughout our mortgage process.”

    Mr Black, Ballymena
  • "The level of service and flexibility we have received from Progressive has been outstanding. They have eased the difficult process of financing a self-build project enormously"

    Mr MacVicar, Donaghadee
Progressive Building Society

About Progressive

Progressive Building Society is an integral part of the life of Northern Ireland despite its humble origins. Born out of the merger of 5 tiny societies it first opened its doors under the "Progressive" name in 1914.

In the early years Progressive was led by Samuel Howard until his retirement in 1940 when the assets of the society totalled only £8,000. Samuel Howard's successor was Hugh Brown, a teacher with a vision for the Northern Ireland's building society sector, who subsequently left teaching to devote his life to the organisation. Under his leadership Progressive grew and thrived with assets reaching £1 million in 1960. By 1965 Progressive's position was so strong that Hugh Brown began planning a new Head Office building to be built near the centre of Belfast. Progressive House opened for business in 1967.

By the time he retired in 1981 Hugh Brown could look back on 40 years of growth and an emerging branch network. He had also carefully sought out a worthy successor with the drive and enthusiasm to take Progressive to a new level. The new Chief Executive was Bill Webb who brought flair, imagination and new business philosophies to his new role. Under his direction Progressive extended its branch network all over Northern Ireland and created a network of dedicated agents bringing the Progressive service to many small communities not served by the banking sector.

Following the retirement of Bill Webb in 2010, Darina Armstrong (former Finance Director) took over the CEO role and continues to lead a strong and vibrant organisation that has grown to become one of the "Top 10" building societies in the United Kingdom with assets of over £1.6 billion, a far cry from the £8,000 balance sheet of 1940. Progressive continues to build its reputation for the finest quality of service mainly by word of mouth through the recommendations of its Members. Despite the growing commercial pressures facing the financial services sector today Progressive remains dedicated to its aim of sharing profit by the application of beneficial interest rates that reward its Members for their loyalty and association.

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