ST. LUCIA’S first indigenous bank, 1st National Bank, continued its winning streak by capturing the Bracken Award- Bank of the Year 2020 St. Lucia, for two years in a row. The announcement was made on December 2nd, 2020 in London, via a virtual ceremony.
The prestigious Bracken Award is named after Brendan Bracken; the founding editor of the Banker in 1926 and the modern-day Financial Times from 1945 to 1958. Brendan Bracken epitomizes the global spirit, vision and integrity of the Banker and the Financial Times Group, and the winning of a Bracken is a fitting accolade and recognition for the world’s top financial institutions.
In accepting the award, Managing Director – Johnathan Johannes had this to say: “This award is a testament to the vision of our leadership team, Board and Management as well as the innovation, expertise and commitment of our dedicated employees, who remain our greatest asset.”
These are challenging times. More so, given the fact that we are facing a pandemic: COVID-19, which tests our resilience as a people and our ability to adjust to the new economic realities. We continue to engage and reassure our customers by giving them tailored critical financial advice. Additionally, encouraging them to migrate to our safe, secure and reliable E channel platform solutions and more importantly we have made available the most comprehensive relief packages in the Bank’s history; all geared towards demonstrating our commitment to delivering a superior customer experience whilst supporting each other.
Congratulations to our winning team on this well-deserved recognition. We take this opportunity to thank the Board of the Bracken Award for this honour and their recognition that a Bank is measured not merely by size or geography; but rather by its adherence to and execution of good policies, compliance and international best practices; necessary in driving positive performance across multiple facets of the business.