BOC Balangoda branch has recently moved to new premises at the address ‘near bus stand, Balangoda’, to provide its customers the increased convenience of banking in a spacious location. The opening took place ceremoniously with the patronage of BOC Chairman President’s Counsel Ronald C. Perera and BOC General Manager D. M. Gunasekera. DGM (Sales and Channel Management) Senarath Bandara, DGM (Retail Banking Range-2) C. Amarasinghe, DGM (Support Services) S. Hewavitharana, Assistant General Manager H.M.M.B. Herath, several other members of the Bank’s executive management, and staff members of the Balangoda branch were present at the ceremony.
The modernised branch is equipped with all facilities that other BOC branches provide. It has been providing banking services to the community of Balangoda for many years, bringing new advancements of banking technology and empowering people. Among its wide array of services are personal banking services. Customers can also obtain debit or credit cards, micro- and SME-financing, and international money transfer/remittances services. Apart from the usual banking facilities and services, BOC Balangoda also features a 24 hour-available self-serving facility ‘SmartZone’ that consists of ATMs, CDMs and bill payment kiosks. This branch, too, is inter-linked with the other 626 BOC branches, and is also linked with BOC’s ATM and CDM network island-wide.
Leading the Sri Lankan banking industry with over 78 years of experience, the Bank of Ceylon has become the most stable and the trusted bank in the country, which serves Sri Lankans from all walks of life, helping them to build their lives and make themselves financially stable, whilst uplifting the country’s economy. The Bank earned global recognition as one of the top 1000 banks in the world, (Country rank No.1) as listed by ‘The Banker’ magazine (UK). The Bank claimed its award as the only Sri Lankan brand recognised as one of Asia’s Best Brands in 2013 by the Chief Marketing Officer’s Council (CMO Council) based in Mumbai, India. Brand Finance Lanka has ranked Bank of Ceylon as the country’s No. 1 brand for the last nine consecutive years. It was also conferred the Master Brand status for the year 2017- 2018 by the CMO Council Asia. InterBrand too conferred BOC the title of No.1 Brand in the country at their very first convention held in Sri Lanka. The Bank has passed exceptional milestones in recent years, such as becoming the first to gain over Rs.1.8 trillion assets, over Rs. 1 trillion deposits and over Rs. 1 trillion advances. Focusing on the Bank’s achievement, Fitch Rating Lanka ranked the Bank of Ceylon at AA+ (lka), which is the highest rating awarded to a local commercial bank, and ICRA (lk) awarded AAA rating, which is the highest credit-quality rating issued by ICRA Lanka. BOC won the merit award for the Annual Report 2015, under the state-owned enterprises category, at the Excellence in Integrated Reporting Awards 2016 conducted by the Institute of Certified Management Accountants of Sri Lanka. The Bank of Ceylon maintains international presence with three overseas branches and a subsidiary in London.