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This week marks a reduction in some of the Covid-19 restrictions on the island of Ireland. While there is still a long road to recovery ahead, we have weathered the storm together and Community Finance Ireland continue to support our clients and stakeholders. Integral to this support is our recent move to new, state of the art premises for our head office in Belfast.

Whilst we have remained open throughout the Pandemic, supported our clients across the island and helped our people work from home whilst delivering HR best practices and tech ability, we as a group welcome the signals of a refreshed and re-energised way of working and delivering the service our clients rely on.

A new office might seem like an old way of doing business but there is nothing old or typical about Community Finance Ireland’s new core headquarters located at Glengall Exchange on Glengall Street in the city of Belfast.

Almost 10 years in the making the team’s ambition has always been to continue to evolve our services both for our clients and our people. And the new space does just that. Working with Belfast based She Said Brand and Design team, the space offers a light, open plan, modern facility with fast speed Wi-Fi, break out areas, a compact kitchen and a canvas for our Choose Change brand identity. Our team has also grown over the past 18 months – we have 18 team members now (pre -Covid we were 14).

Our Group Chief Executive Donal Traynor has this to say on the announcement:

“Whilst we all acknowledge that anxiety might have run very high, as we learned about Covid and found ways of living with it, we have proven our resilience as a community and in our ability to embrace change. Our expanded team, along with this energising work space brings the best of what we had, what we have learnt and what we need to continue.

The location at the heart of Belfast city reminds us of our business’s starting point whilst also reflecting that change is a constant and necessary part of the human condition. Our offices are within five minutes of most of Belfast’s popular spots. The location is also a key area of development, with the proposed extension of the Belfast Glider service and the construction of a new Rapid Transport Hub at the current Europa Bus Centre site, just metres from our new office.

We are delighted with the space, with how it will support our people’s desire for hybrid working and how it embodies our Choose Change mantra.

Donal Traynor, Group Chief Executive Community Finance Ireland