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HSBC NEWS March 2015


Friday, 20th March 2015

HSBC Brunei recently hosted a special event in celebration of International Women's Day (IWD), which was held at the Bank's headquarters in Bandar Seri Begawan.

The event was attended by the Bank's employees and Senior Management members, Lyndsay Rajah, Chief Operating Officer and Head of Retail Banking and Wealth Management and Salyrahrinah Yahya, Head of Global Banking and Markets.

Following this year's official theme, 'Make it Happen', the event's agenda aimed to celebrate the achievements of women and also inculcate the understanding that gender should not be seen as a barrier towards success.

Attendees participated in an informal discussion with invited guests featuring prominent females in the Bruneian Community, namely Anyati Abdullah Orcullo who is an established author, entrepreneur and a fashion designer who has made major contributions towards the Brunei Malay Wedding scene, and Puan Hajjah Mordiah Hj Jakia who is currently the Brunei Commissioner for Women's Rights as part of the ASEAN Commission.

The dynamic husband and wife duo from 'Hip N Healthy', a food-seller aimed at healthy eating, were also invited to showcase a healthy and organic food demonstration.

Celine Andrade, Head of Human Resources, HSBC Brunei commented, "To borrow a quote from Stuart Gulliver (Group CEO of HSBC) - 'The most successful organisations are those that allow and encourage the best to rise to the top - regardless of background or gender.' HSBC Brunei is fully aligned with this philosophy; 65 % of our staff are women and it is reflected in all levels as 57 % of our senior management members are women. We are happy to take the opportunity of the IWD to celebrate women. We hope that our invitees who are great, inspiring examples of people who "make it happen" will encourage our staff (men and women) to not judge people on their gender but on their capabilities."

Sherlly Tanara, from the Bank's Retail Banking and Wealth Management division shared her views on the event, "What I enjoyed the most were the speakers. Their insights were an eye opener and I valued the opportunity to speak to them personally after the event."

HSBC staff also received specially commissioned umbrellas emblazoned with the 'Make it Happen' hashtag to officially commemorate the day.

HSBC is committed to building a culture where all employees are valued, respected and where their opinions count. Diversity and Inclusion is central to our brand, driven by our desire to ensure we all connect with difference for a diverse and inclusive work place.

The invited panel of guests during the HSBC International Women's Day Celebrations

Celine Andrade, Head of Human Resources, HSBC Brunei hands over a prize to a lucky guest.

Friday, 13th March 2014

HSBC Brunei recently hosted a Chinese New Year Open House which was held at the Indera Samudra Grand Hall, The Empire Hotel & Country Club.

HSBC's senior management and staff including Chief Executive Officer, Todd Wilcox and Lyndsay Rajah, Chief Operating Officer and Head of Retail Banking, were on hand to greet over 700 of the Bank's customers and their families.

Guests were treated to an array of sumptuous food and were entertained by special performances by students from Chung Hwa Middle School Bandar Seri Begawan and Chung Hua Middle School Kuala Belait. Chinese calligraphy demonstrations were also available throughout the event where customers were able to bring home scrolls depicting New Year wishes. 30 fortunate customers each won themselves a limited edition Golden Goat figurine in the lucky draws which were held every half hour during the event.

Eight schools across the nation received donations in support of the schools' education funds. The school beneficiaries Chung Hwa BSB, Chung Hua Middle School KB, Chung Hwa Tutong, Chung Hwa Labi, Chung Hwa Kiudang, Chung Lian Sg Liang, Chung Ching Middle School and Pai Yuek Bangar received donations.

"We are delighted to be able to celebrate the Year of the Goat with our many clients. This is a great annual event and one that our clients and all our team members look forward to. It's a fantastic opportunity to say thank you to our many loyal clients and to wish them success in all their endeavours over the next year," commented Todd Wilcox, Chief Executive Officer, HSBC Brunei.

CEO Todd Wilcox in a group photo with representatives from the 8 schools receiving the donations

Students from Chung Hua Middle School KB during their Wushu performance

Dancing troupe from Chung Hwa Middle School BSB

Tuesday, 10th March 2015

HSBC Brunei has successfully conducted the Junior Achievement (JA) More Than Money™ programme at 7 primary schools in the Brunei Muara district.

Nearly 50 students from Sekolah Rendah Mabohai and Sekolah Rendah Amar Pahlawan graduated from the programme this year, with even more students in the next coming weeks. JA More Than Money™ teaches students about earning, spending, sharing and saving money as well as the businesses they can start and the careers they can aspire to. The More than Money curriculum is taught by HSBC volunteers over 6 lessons, spread across a period of one and a half months.

Liza Kamarudin, Manager Corporate Sustainability commented, "Since the introduction of the JA More Than Money pilot project back in 2012, we've seen over 200 students graduate from this programme, and with an addition of over 100 more students for this quarter alone. This wouldn't have been achievable without the support of HSBC staff volunteers. This programme has enabled my colleagues to educate and interact with the youth in ways that may not be accessible to them in the first place. A significant number of the volunteers are doing this for the second or third time and this clearly shows how much they've enjoyed participating in this programme.

HSBC does not only help those in need through grants and donations, the Bank encourages its employees to get involved in their communities and to allow them time off to volunteer. As such, every HSBC employee is given 2 days to volunteer for community projects."

HSBC Brunei has been collaborating with the Brunei Economic Development Board (BEDB) with the support of the Ministry in Education in rolling out more JA programmes after its successful completion of the JA Pilot Entrepreneurship Project back in 2012. This reflects HSBC's long standing commitment towards education and empowering the Bruneian youth in developing their financial literacy.

HSBC volunteers pose with the students and teachers in Mabohai Primary School

HSBC volunteer teaches a group of students in Amar Pahlawan Primary school.



Wednesday, 25tht February 2015

In conjunction with the Chinese New Year festivities, HSBC Brunei will be holding 'open houses' at all of its branches.

Customers and members of the public are cordially invited to the 'open houses' which will be held at all of HSBC's branches on February 27, 2015 during banking hours. Customers can expect to enjoy refreshments while doing their banking transactions during that day.

Lyndsay Rajah, Head of Retail Banking & Wealth Management & Chief Operating Officer commented, "It is important for HSBC to show appreciation to our customers for their continuous support. We are excited to be able to celebrate this joyous occasion as our way of saying thank you and to wish them a prosperous year ahead."

HSBC wishes those who celebrate the festivities a very Happy and Prosperous New Year.



Friday, 30th January 2014

HSBC Brunei recently held a prize presentation ceremony for the winners of its Home Loan promotion. The special promotion was held during the 2 days 'Build Your Next Move' roadshow back in June 2014.

The ceremony was held at its Bandar branch recently with Lyndsay Rajah, Head of Retail Banking & Wealth Management and Chief Operating Officer, HSBC Brunei on hand to congratulate and present the prizes to the lucky recipients.

Ms Tan Kah Poi, Abdul Qoyuum Haji Abdul Kadir and Nordin Abdul Rahman/Juliana Kamis each brought home a 64Gb iPad Mini 3rd generation with retina display. Aside from bringing home a technological gadget, they also enjoyed a one off waiver on their Home Loan application fee.

Lim Boon Teck, Senior Manager Marketing, HSBC Brunei remarked, "Demand for our Home Mortgage products continues to be strong. Our team gets great satisfaction when we are able to help our customers fulfill their dreams of owning their own homes."

HSBC's latest promotion offers existing cardholders with attractive 'Short Burst' discounts at various shops and restaurants on a particular day, every month. Recently, customers spending a minimum of BND30 at Bebeland on 25 January enjoyed discounts of up to 30% on certain brands. To keep updated on HSBC's Short Burst campaign or on any other promotions, customers may visit

Lyndsay Rajah, Head of Retail Banking & Wealth Management and Chief Operating Officer, HSBC Brunei and Andy Yong, Manager Customer Value Management, HSBC Brunei poses with the prize recipients.

Wednesday, 21st January 2015

As one of the leading international banks in Brunei, HSBC continues to invest in upgrading its technology and equipment for the convenience of its customers. HSBC customers may now enjoy a more efficient banking experience with the introduction of the Bank's latest multi-function Automated Teller Machines (ATM). The multi-functional ATMs offer cash deposit and withdrawal services in one, thus providing customers with a one stop service for their cash transaction needs.

Currently the new multi-function machines are available at the HSBC Serusop and Kiulap branches. The Bank will roll out its new fleet of multi-function machines progressively across all branches, in a focused bid to ease banking for its customers.

Lyndsay Rajah, Head of Retail Banking & Wealth Management & Chief Operating Officer, HSBC Brunei said, Our customers' needs and requirements are constantly evolving and we continue to invest to improve our customer's banking experience. We strive towards delivering exceptional customer service in all facets of banking."

HSBC CEO Todd Wilcox and Head of Retail Banking & Wealth Management and Chief Operating Officer, Lyndsay Rajah listens intently to a Relationship Manager explaining the benefits of the new Multi Function ATMS

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