United Kingdom
Location of affected unit(s)
Financial Services
Financial And Insurance Activities
Financial Service Activities, Except Insurance And Pension Funding
64 - Financial service activities, except insurance and pension funding

470 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
15 September 2005
Employment effect (start)
Foreseen end date


Birmingham Midshires is to close the majority of its branches and see its name disappear from the High Street. When Halifax bought the chain in 1999 it had 113 branches, of the 67 remaining Birmingham Midshires branches, 48 are to be closed by March 2006 and the other 19 are to rebranded Halifax. The bank insisted that the 470 full and part-time staff affected by the decision would be offered an alternative job either at Birmingham Midshires or at Halifax. However, union officials said they believed a high proportion of those affected may not want the changes and will seek voluntary redundancy. Gwyn Bates, Amicus national officer, said: 'This is devastating news for staff and represents a further reduction in choice for the consumer. The union has worked with the company to ensure there will be no compulsory redundancies.'


  • 16 September 2005: The Guardian


Eurofound (2005), Birmingham Midshires, Merger/Acquisition in United Kingdom, factsheet number 62243, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/62243.