Harborough’s Great British Bake Off winner Frances Quinn officially opened The Nottingham’s new branch in Market Harborough.
Frances joined the firm’s mascots Robin Hood and Maid Marian on Thursday last week to officially open the latest branch of The Nottingham in High Street, Market Harborough.
The event was marked with a special Sherwood Forest cake made by Frances which was enjoyed by customers who visited the branch throughout the day.
The cake featured Frances’ trademark squirrel.
The idea was that it was squirrelling away for its future, which mirrors the savings plans from The Nottingham.
The branch, at 45 High Street in town, now houses both the Harrison Murray estate agency and Nottingham Building Society as part of the society’s latest venture, whose slogan is “Estate Agency with Building Society”.
Combing the two represents one of the East Midlands’ largest home-grown financial services and home buying and letting businesses.
Joanna Bailey, senior customer advisor at the Market Harborough branch, said: “We were delighted that Frances could join us and officially open the branch.
“Our customers and staff really enjoyed the cake and we also hope that local people will take advantage of the new products and services that are now available on their doorstep. This opening is part of our plan to introduce building society services across Leicestershire and other East Midlands-based sites in the next year.”
The society confirmed the move back in February, almost one year on from Harrison Murray opening in Harborough back in April 2013.
The branch has also undergone a refurbishment.
Harrison Murray was acquired by The Nottingham Building Society last January.
Customers will be able to access their usual estate agency services from Harrison Murray as well as financial planning, insurance, savings and more from The Nottingham Building Society.
The joint venture is being rolled out across Leicestershire.
Peter Stead, the area manager across all Harrison Murray branches, said earlier this year: “The joint venture of Harrison Murray with the Nottingham Building Society is another exciting chapter in the ongoing success of the estate agency.
“Harrison Murray has been going from strength to strength, and our opening in Harborough last year further positioned us as a market-leading estate agency locally.”
Mr Stead, who has been with the estate agency since 1996, said he was thrilled to see its continuing expansion and added: “This year, with the addition of the Nottingham Building Society and a brilliant refurbishment, we’re looking forward to another busy year.”
For more details about The Nottingham Building Society, see its website at www.thenottingham.com.
For further information on Harrison Murray, visit www.harrisonmurray.co.uk.