Clydesdale Bank axes 330 jobs after Virgin Money takeover

FILE PHOTO: The Clydesdale Bank logo is seen in St Vincent Place Glasgow, Scotland, Britain, June 25, 2018 REUTERS/Russell Cheyne

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's Clydesdale Bank CYBGC.L is planning to make around 330 jobs redundant following the takeover of rival mid-size lender Virgin Money last year.

The lender said in a statement that it was planning to close offices in Edinburgh, Norwich and Leeds.

Union Unite said it was “deeply alarmed” by the plans and would work with members at the lender to press for redeployment to other roles where possible.

Clydesdale earlier on Tuesday told investors it was planning to close its Virgin Money office in Edinburgh earlier than expected to make cost savings.

Clydesdale said the redundancies were part of the bank’s plan to reduce its combined headcount following the takeover by around 16%, equivalent to around 1,500 job losses.

Reporting by Iain Withers, editing by Louise Heavens