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Leeds & Holbeck considers name change

Leeds & Holbeck Building Society is considering dropping Holbeck from its name.

The move is being contemplated because while Leeds is fast gaining a reputation as a financial centre, Holbeck’s status has been reduced to that of its neglected southern suburb.

The society acknowledges its historic links with Holbeck, but is concerned that the name means little outside Yorkshire.

Leeds & Holbeck, which is the ninth-largest building society in Britain, increased its mortgage lending by 48 per cent in the first six months of this year.

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