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Retail and Commercial Banking

  • Banking and Financial Markets, Management Skills, Retail Banking
  • Duration: Four days
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    This Course is a Four-Day programme

    Clients who would benefit from attending this course is all Senior Managers who require an in-depth, strategic understanding of, retail and commercial banking, delivery Channels, Change management and relationship management; Bank to Customer and Management to front-line staff.

    This course is delivered using a stimulating combination of slide presentations, facilitated discussions, exercises and case studies.


    By the end of the 4-day course, delegates will be able to:

    • Explain the strategic elements comprising Retail and Commercial Banking

    • Define and understand in detail the integrated strategy requirements of;

    • Premises location and design

    • Delivery Channels – the different ways that customers can interact with the bank

    • Product creation, marketing and selling

    • Customer segments and experiences

    • Staff recruitment, training and performance development

    • Understand the process for developing new Products from need-identification through to delivery to clients

    • Explain the vital importance of all creating, developing and enhancing all relationships particularly;

    • The relationship between the bank and its customers

    • The relationship between the Bank’s management and staff in delivering excellent customer service linked to achieving targets

    • Apply the universally-accepted Change Management principles

    • Appreciate the “International Dimension” of Retail and Commercial Banking which customers demand in today’s highly flexible market-place


    Session 1:

    What is Retail and Commercial Banking?

    • Preparing a definition covering;

    • Premises

    • Products

    • Customers

    • Staff;

    • Discussing how Retail and Commercial Banking also includes aspects of retail activity: taking ideas from shops, supermarkets etc.

    • Discussing how Retail and Commercial Banking Strategy Management applies across all delivery channels

    Session 2:

    Forward planning to create a Strategy for Retail and Commercial Banking

    • Understanding the logical process for creating a Strategy;

    • What we want to do; when we want to do it; and how we want to do it

    • What information do we need to gather on the “As Is” – the current position;

    • What is the bank’s existing Strategy (if any)?

    • How do we know how successful this existing Strategy is?

    • How can we identify the gaps – where is the shortfall in performance

    • What information should be gathered on the “To Be” – the preferred position in the future;

    • What might the constraints be – the limiting factors – to achieving success

    • How a Business Case is prepared which helps justify the emerging Strategy to the company’s Senior Management? This will focus on;

    • Budgets

    • Critical Success Factors (CSFs)

    • Measurement

    • Continuous Management and Assessment

    Session 3:

    Delivery Channels

    • How do customers access our products and services?

    • How do customers want to access our products and services?

    • Are we flexible in meeting customers’ access needs?

    • What does the future look like for delivery channels?

    • The challenge created by the emerging involvement of Telecoms companies andMobile Money and the radical change this may make to the execution of retail payments

    Session 4:

    Branch Premises

    • Location of the branch

    • Size

    • Competition

    • Customer traffic

    • Other factors such as availability of public transport and of car-parking

    • Design of the branch;

    • What should be included – what can be excluded?

    • What factors will entice customers in – what will turn customers away?

    • How should we move customers around inside the branch? What is customer traffic management?

    • How can we display our goods in the outlet – our products – in the most advantageous way

    Session 5:

    Other Delivery Channels

    • What other Delivery Channels do our customers expect us to offer to them

    • What are the strategic issues around providing this access to all our customers?

    • What will happen if we choose not to make one (or more) of these channels available to our customers?

    Session 6:


    • What are the factors in creating a product portfolio?

    • Understanding all the costs related to a product;

    • Production costs – including the effect on the bank’s balance sheet

    • Marketing costs – getting the product to the customers

    • Selling costs – persuading the customer to buy the product

    • Maintenance costs – after-sales service

    • Enhancement costs – making an existing product even better

    • Understanding the profit element linked to each product. How to know;

    • Which products make the most money – and should be retained

    • Which products make the least money – or make a loss – and should be deleted from the portfolio

    • What are the factors in defining a target market for each of our products – and then linking that to the Premises decisions on location and design?

    • Marketing – How do we tell our customers what we sell?

    • Creating a Marketing Plan including factors such as;

    • Our product portfolio – differentiating between target markets

    • Branding – making our bank identifiable in a consistent way

    • Advertising – using all available (or required) advertising media such as;

    • TV, Radio and Cinema

    • Newspapers, Magazines and Flyers

    • Billboards, Posters and Direct Marketing

    • Merchandising – linking all the advertising and product literature consistently

    Session 7:

    Campaign Planning and Merchandising

    • Creating and Integrating Campaigns;

    • Ensuring that each Campaign complements activity – and doesn’t compete with it

    • Creating and publishing (internally) an integrated Campaign Plan

    • Developing a process whereby departments use their Business Cases to “bid” for space and time to attract customers’ attention

    • Building the Campaign for maximum effect using the media outlined previously

    • Merchandising

    • Again building on the learning to ensure;

    • Consistency – of message

    • Conformity – to company standards for literature and language

    • Uniformity – helping customers to navigate our literature

    • Legality – ensuring no contraventions of any “customer protection” legislation

    Session 8:

    Relationship Management: Bank to Customers

    • Who are our customers – and what do they expect from us?

    • Different types of customers – and their separate requirements;

    • Mass Retail – want fast, efficient and error-free access to products and services

    • Mass Affluent – in addition to fast efficient and error-free access to products and services want a more-personal service: a feeling that they are “special”

    • Small / Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) – a more-personal service feeling that their non-personal business is important to the bank

    • How do we differentiate between the different types of customers?

    • Actually… Should we differentiate between different types of customer or should we treat them all the same?

    • Defining the experiences we want our customers to enjoy when they contact us

    • How do we deliver these different experiences?

    • What differences in staff and staff training are required?

    Session 9:

    Customer Relationship Management:

    • The importance of Customer Relationships

    • The benefits of developing a Customer Relationship Management Strategy

    • A Customer Relationship Management framework

    • Integrating People, Processes and Technology

    • The Service : Profit Chain

    • Obtaining and Handling Customer Information

    Session 10:

    Customer Demands:

    • Stakeholder (Customer) Management

    • Stakeholder Engagement

    • Satisfying Stakeholders’ Demands

    Session 11:

    People Management

    • Creating and delivering an excellent Customer Experience

    • Understanding Ourselves and Others

    • Effective Communication

    • Motivation at Work;

    • How do I get the very best from each customer interaction?

    • What do I need to do differently to ensure that my customers only want to deal with me?

    • Team Building;

    • The stages of Team Building

    • The inevitable effects on performance levels through these stages

    • Coaching

    • Ensure clarity on what exactly Coaching is and how it is used

    • Link “Coaching” as a discipline to improving individual and team performance; (or analysing and rectifying under-performance)

    • Understand how learning shared can easily be transferred into a “commitment to action”

    • Coaching;

    • Introduction to the GROW model

    • Consideration of all the factors required in effective Coaching

    • Introducing the House of Change: understanding the need sometimes to make things worse before they can get better

    • Building Rapport

    • Handling Conflict;

    • What causes conflict?

    • The Phases of Conflict Handling

    • Thomas-Kilmann’s Five Conflict-Handling Modes – and how to apply them

    • Bridging the Gap

    Session 12:

    Selling Skills

    • Understanding the product(s)

    • Spotting a customer’s buying signals

    • Upselling Skills: what else do my customers need…?

    • Negotiating

    • When is not selling anything at all the best thing to do?

    Session 13:

    Staff Performance Management:

    • Creating Goals and Objectives

    • Managing Under-Performance

    • Performance Discrepancies

    • Managing Performance Standards

    • Feedback as a tool of Performance Management

    Session 14:

    Relationship Management: Managers to Staff

    • What is a “Way of Working”? What does it include?

    • How do we measure Staff Performance?

    • Goal and Objective Setting

    • Managing against those Goals and Objectives

    • Staff Development and Performance Management

    • Motivation: how do we get the best from our staff?

    • Delegation: how can we give our staff the chance to develop their own initiative to deal with customers

    • How do we ensure that our staffs always deliver the best possible Customer Service?

    • How are the behaviours of our managers – the way they treat their staff – key in the development of our staff and their relationship with our customers?

    Session 15:

    Change Management

    • Understanding “Change” as a concept

    • The 9 Change Principles – and putting them into practice

    • Embedding the change

    • The emotional responses to change: how do staff receive, understand and implement the required change

    Session 16:

    The International Dimension

    • Who are our International Customers?

    • Do we (should we?) treat them differently from our domestic customers?

    • Extra issues of Know Your Customer (KYC), Identification & Verification (ID&V) and the international aspects of Financial Crime legislation

    • International aspects of;

    • Customer Service

    • Overseas Premises

    • Product Development

    • Money Transmission

    • Foreign Exchange

    • Import / Export for SMEs

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