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CITY VIEWS: HOW UPBEAT DO YOU FEEL ABOUT SIR RICHARD BRANSON'S LATEST FORAY INTO BANKING?

<strong>JULIAN TAVORA </strong> CGD<br />&ldquo;As a consumer, it&rsquo;s always good to have more options and more competition in the retail banking market. Branson&rsquo;s name will add respect to the brand, but he is involved with many different things so will need to hire specialist talent to recognise the bank&rsquo;s potential.&rdquo;<br /><br /><strong>NISHA TAILOR </strong>RBC DEXIA<br />&ldquo;I am upbeat &ndash; Virgin is such a recognised and diverse brand, one that inspires a great deal of customer confidence. Pretty much everything Sir Richard Branson has launched has been a success story and it will be good to see his golden touch extended to banking.&rdquo;<br /><br /><strong>WASHINGTON AINABE </strong>ACCENTURE<br />&ldquo;I think it will be good for retail banking as the Virgin brand is synonymous with extracting value for customers and Branson brings excitement to whatever he engages with. He&rsquo;s an ethical character &ndash; he&rsquo;s never been viewed as greedy or excessive &ndash; and he&rsquo;s always been successful.&rdquo;&nbsp;