Local businessman brings jobs to Seacroft community

A Leeds based franchise owner is bringing jobs and much needed services to Stanks Parade in Seacroft by incorporating a Post Office in his store, thanks to a five figure funding package from Yorkshire Bank.

Manish Patel is launching the Post Office branch in the One Stop convenience store at 14-16 Stanks Parade. The addition will create up to four new jobs, growing his team from two to six employees.

The funding for the development was arranged by Jill Sutcliffe, relationship manager at Yorkshire Bank’s Business and Private Banking Centre in Leeds, with the assistance of Debbie Horner, manager of the Seacroft branch of Yorkshire Bank, and her staff.

Manish also owns a One Stop store in Headingley, which already includes a Post Office. The success of this site inspired him to fill a gap in the Stanks Parade community and open another. Both convenience stores have been operating for more than 15 years.

Residents of Stanks Parade lack a local Post Office and Manish intends for the new branch to bring greater convenience to the community due to its central location, especially for older customers who won’t need to travel far to use it services. The Post Office will have the same opening hours as the shop (7.30am – 9pm Mon-Fri and 9am–2pm Sat-Sun).

The new Post Office will open officially to the public at a special launch event on Tuesday 19 April. The first 100 customers to enter will receive a £5 voucher to spend in-store.

Manish said: “Stanks Parade needs more investment in local amenities that are within easy reach and open at times that suit customers. The new Post Office will bring a range of services to residents, creating a positive impact for the area.

”I have been a customer of Yorkshire Bank for more than 15 years and the team has always been very enthusiastic and supportive in helping me reach my business goals, offering sound advice with a personable approach.”

Darren Owers, head of Commercial & Small Business at Yorkshire Bank’s Business and Private Banking Centre in Leeds, said: “Manish is delivering an essential service with this addition which will benefit residents of Stanks Parade while creating new jobs.

“His convenience stores have become well-established, popular businesses within their areas and we have no doubt Manish and his growing team will continue to provide a high-quality service to customers with this new addition.”

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Manish Patel, One Stop; Paul Wilson, One Stop; and Jill Sutcliffe, Yorkshire Bank

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