Heritage Bank has won Regional Bank of the Year at the prestigious AFR Smart Investor Blue Ribbon Awards 2016 in Sydney.
Winners were published in AFR Smart Investor magazine today with Heritage Bank named the best amongst regional banks across the country, ahead of a host of competitors such as IMB, Bank of Melbourne and Bank SA.
Smart Investor magazine works with independent research partners to assess hundreds of financial institutions and thousands of products across the country, before finalising the awards.
Heritage Bank CEO, Peter Lock, said the award reaffirmed Heritage’s commitment to its People first philosophy and to delivering innovative financial products and services for its customers.
“Heritage Bank prides itself on helping our customers achieve their financial dreams. In fact, we’re passionate about helping people,” Mr Lock said.
“This award highlights Heritage Bank’s position as a genuine alternative to the big banks and is also fantastic recognition for our hard working and dedicated staff.
“Our aim is to support the evolving financial needs of Australian families and businesses by providing competitive products and a fantastic customer experience. This award shows that we’re headed in the right direction.”
Mr Lock said the bank’s People first philosophy would remain at the forefront while Heritage explored new opportunities to grow the brand nationwide.
“We started back in 1875 as a unifying force – bringing people together to harness their collective strengths and fulfil their financial goals, for the benefit of everyone. That’s what being a mutual all is about and our focus has not changed.”