How we're helping Scotland

Helping Britain Prosper Plan

Across the UK the Helping Britain Prosper Plan is making a positive difference for people of all ages, businesses of all type and size, and the communities they share.

Behind each headline there are thousands of individual stories about how we’re helping. And we’re not doing it alone. We’re working together with our four charitable Foundations, community groups and other businesses.

"We embrace our economic, social and environmental responsibilities to Help Britain Prosper by operating as a responsible, sustainable and inclusive Group."

Sara Weller, Independent Director and Chairman of the Responsible Business Committee

Supporting Shetland port to double capacity

Lerwick Port Authority is developing a new fish market that will double capacity to meet increasing demand from the islands’ commercial fishing industry.

With support from a £3 million funding package from Bank of Scotland it will use the latest green technology and sustainable building materials to improve energy efficiency by up to 50 per cent. Set to be completed in early 2020.

The improved efficiency and increased capacity of the new market will create a modern fit-for-purpose hub for the fishing industry. Bank of Scotland has been by our side for more than 100 years. Thanks to its support, we are able to grow our business sustainably and efficiently, while reducing environmental impact.

Captain Calum Grains, Chief Executive of Lerwick Port Authority

£2.3bn greenfield offshore wind farm

In November, Lloyds Banking Group provided funding and risk management services to the £2.3 billion Neart na Gaoithe (Strength of the Wind) offshore wind farm, a joint venture between EDF Energy Renewables and ESB Group. Located 15km off the coast of Fife, with the potential to power c.375,000 Scottish homes and offsetting 400,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions annually.

Backing Mackie’s ambition to become the UK’s greenest company

Ice cream maker, Mackie’s of Scotland, is installing a new refrigeration system set to be one of the most sophisticated in Europe, in a £4 million project that will cut CO2 emissions and energy costs by up to 80 per cent. The move is an important step towards Mackie’s ambition of becoming the greenest company in Britain.

Bank of Scotland is supporting the project alongside a grant from the Scottish Government’s Low Carbon Infrastructure Programme.

With Bank of Scotland’s support we are realising our green ambitions and, in the long run, we hope that our new system will set a precedent and make the energy-intensive food and drink sector more sustainable.

Gerry Stephens, Finance Director, Mackie’s of Scotland

Helping low income students to aim high

Since its inception in 2011, over 1,000 students have benefited from our Lloyds Scholars programme, which provides the financial support they need to study at university along with a package of support, including mentoring and internships.

The paid summer internships and the financial support provided by Lloyds relieved any potential stress around financial resources during the academic year. I was able to dedicate attention to my studies and volunteering commitments.

G Abbasi, Lloyds Scholar