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Right from the start of of business under its new name in 1928, Martins Bank Limited plans and executes attendance at numerous trade events, and employs bold and imaginatively designed stands.  The Bank sets out to establish a feeling of style, confidence and stability, through these carefully placed displays.  Each one is different, and built to suit the venue at which it is to be exhibited. Whilst it is undoubtedly expensive to commission a new stand for every show in this way,  the returns by way of new business will have more than paid for this.  Trade Stands serve both to promote the bank, and provide a service for exhibitors and visitors to the trade fair.  For many of these events, Martins Bank Magazine habitually prints only a photograph of a trade event, deeming it unnecessary to add any written copy.  We hope therefore that the some of the images below will speak for themselves!

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NECE 1929One of the earliest examples of this forward thinking, is not simply having a presence but actually a temporary Branch of the Bank at the NORTH EAST COAST EXHIBITION 1929, (left Image © National Museum of Science and Industry Ref: NRM/SSPL) for the six months’ duration of this event.  Less than a year after amalgamating with the Lancashire and Yorkshire Bank, the newly named Martins Bank Limited is keen to be noticed!  As we move forward in time, you will see advertisements and images from the shows at which the Bank provided a stand or Branch. After the Second World War, when exporting goods is on the increase but is also a financial headache, the Bank is offering personal advice in a business setting – a shrewd move, and one that is repeated by placing a stand or temporary branch at many key trade fairs and exhibitions in the years to come.  All stands provide a basic banking service, but the real purpose of Martins’ presence is to promote the Bank and its many services to an almost captive audience of business exhibitors. At this point the Bank’s advertising policy still favours the businessman, and those with money to be managed.  It will be a number of years before this is turned on its head with the kind of advertising copy that appeals to everyone – from children with pennies to save, to students and those in their first jobs looking for financial advice and guidance.  You can read more about this in our ADVERTISING section.

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Coming to an event near you…

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By 1969 this slick little leaflet is available in every Branch of the bank, and it lists more than eighty shows and events at which the Martins Bank Mobile Branch, or one of the Bank’s Trade Stands will be in attendance.  This is a brilliant example of what we nowadays refer to as “networking”. Money knows more money, or can easily be introduces to more money, and so the connections build as does the business of Martins Bank.  Come with us now as we re-visit some of the key events that were attended by Martins Bank…

1949 Olympia - GracesGuide MBA

 

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1950 Earls Court and Oylmpia Trade Stand Advert.jpg

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1952 Stand at British Industries Fair at Olympia MBM-Su52P41

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The Bank’s Stand at the British Industries’ Fair at Olympia, reinforces the Bank’s Northern roots with a backdrop of the imposing Liverpool Skyline.

 

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1955 British Industries Fair Trade stand - MBA

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1956 Stand at Ideal Homes Exhibition MBM-Su56P13

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“We are indebted to Mr Gustave Breslauer, a customer of our Kensington High Street branch, and to the Trans World Photographic Company for permission to use this photograph of Martins Bank’s Stand at the Daily Mail Ideal Homes Exhibition 1956”.

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1957 Stand at Boy Scout Jubilee Jamboree Sutton Park Ormskirk (2) MBM-Au57P38

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Our staff of Scouts, drawn from the Bank, and interpreters from the Overseas branches, who manned Martins Bank’s Stand at the Jubilee Jamboree in August.  Left to Right: Messrs J S Anderson (Chief Overseas) S H Powell (Stockport) R A Franklin (Worcester) R Roscoe (Manager, Ormskirk) A Atkin (Derby) C D Roscoe (Eastbank Street) and C Holland (Manchester Overseas).

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1957 Stand at Boy Scout Jubilee Jamboree Sutton Park Ormskirk MBM-Au57P37

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The Chief Scout, Lord Rowlian, with Mr R Roscoe, Manager of our Ormskirk Branch and District Commissioner of the Ormskirk Boy Scouts’ Association, who took charge of Martins Bank’s Stand at the Jubilee Jamboree in Sefton Park

1957 May 17 British Industries Fair - Graces Guide MBA

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1957 Stand at Industry Advances Exhibition Liverpool MBM-Au57P06

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This is Martins Bank’s Stand at the Industry Advances Exhibition held in conjunction with the Liverpool Charter Celebrations.  It was designed by Mr Eric Swettenham, of Premises Department, Head Office, and the general décor were most effective and attracted much favourable comment.

1958 Stand 26th-28th May at United Commercial Travellers' Assn Conference Buxton MBM-Au58P22

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Our temporary Branch at the United Commercial travellers’ Association Annual Conference, Buxton, May 26 to 28.  Left to Right: Sir John H Wedgwood, (President of the Conference), Mr W E T Keil (Heaton Chapel branch, Clerk in Charge of our branch at the Conference), Mayor of Buxton (Councillor Grahame E Motion) and Mr C Wilson (Buxton Branch).

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1959 Stand at The Dairy Show Olympia MBM-Sp60P18

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This photograph shows a portion of Martins Bank’s Stand at the Dairy Show Olympia 1959 which was adjudged the best Trade Stand on the Ground,  First and Second Floors of the Exhibition and was awarded the Sir William Rootes Perpetual Challenge Trophy.

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1960 March 1 to 26 Ideal Home Exhibition Temp Branch - GracesGuide MBA

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1961 Royal Agricultural Show Stand R&A BGA No Ref

 

 

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Martins Bank’s Stand

at the Royal Show, Cambridge

 

 

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1960 Stand at The Shoe Trades Exhibition MBM-Au60P10

 

 

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Martins Bank’s Stand

at the Shoe Trades Exhibition

 

 

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1961 Stand at Ideal Home Exhibition MBM-Au61P37

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At the Daily Mail Ideal Home Exhibition

 

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1961 Stand at The Radio Show Olympia MBM-Su62P35

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At the Radio Show, Olympia

 

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1962 Stand at Earls Court Radio Show MBM-Wi62P21

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At the Ideal Home Exhibition

 

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1962 Stand at Ideal Home Exhibition MBM-Su62P33

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At the Radio Show Earls Court

 

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1962 Stand at The Dairy Show Olympia MBM-Sp1963P33

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At the Dairy Show Olympia

 

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1962 Stand at the International Harware Trades Fair MBM-Au62P28

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At the International Hardware Trades Fair

 

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1962 Great Yorshire Show Branch Exterior MBM-Sp63P32

1962 Great Yorkshire Show Branch Interior MBMWi-62P20

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A sub branch is opened at the Great Yorkshire Show, under the control of Show and Exhibition Branches Department

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1962 Stand at the Leicester Shoe Machinery & Components Exhibition MBM-Au62P28

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Martins Bank’s Stand at the Leicester Shoe Machinery

and Components Exhibition.

 

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1963 Stand at Ideal Home Exhibition

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Martins Bank’s Stand at the Ideal Home Exhibition.

 

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1968 Stand at 1st Teesside Boys & Girls Exhibition MBM-Au68P47

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Our team at the first Teesside Boys’ and Girls’ Exhibition. From the left: Malcolm Johnson, Margaret Glendinning (North Eastern District Lady Supervisor) Moira Douglas, Mary O’Keefe, William Park.

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1965 London Intl Eng Exhib Stand - GracesGuide MBA

 

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1969 Stand at Earls Court Intl Boat Show MBM-Sp69P47

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The signal hoisted on Martins Bank’s Stand at the 1969 International Boat Show at Earls Court captured the interest of the sailing fraternity.  The message reads “Martins go to extremes to be helpful” … so we are assured.

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Show and Exhibition

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