Responsive comments from friends and colleagues.
Well said Martin. You are doing a great job and have got the balance just right.
The two groups have completely different aims and need to be separate.
Thanks for all you do. MBGs is a great group.
I have to add that the claw back group serves its' members well.
Thanks to the organisers of that group too.
Thanks Martin ( and your good lady) for all you do.
Your position on this is totally understandable and its good to keep the two groups true to their very distinct aims.
Thanks Martin for the most timely and relevant clarification for anyone who needed it.
It's great that you've managed (and want) to keep this network going, I don't know how you find the time.
Thanks for your hard work.
Thank you Martin.
I have been so disappointed to see a number of negative posts about you and the group as I knew you would want to help but do so in a measured way.
Thank you Martin and Mrs R.
You are doing a great job. You did not need to clarify your pension position but I fully understand why you did.
I love this site and enjoy reading bits of my history.
Unfortunately I wish we did not have to have the other site but it is also doing a useful job.
I'm not sure where it will all end. I received my letter today so need to settle down with a drink to digest it!
Once again thanks for what you are doing and please keep going!
Rosalind des Landes
Martin, thank you for taking the time to give us such a full explanation.
Thank you also for your hard work and dedication to maintaining standards, whilst highlighting important events to do with Clawback. 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼
Thanks Martin, a post with a link to the Clawback group is all that is needed just to inform people about it's existance, with so many new people joing your Griffins group all the time, think a new post will be great for all the new members.
I agree nostalgia and Clawback should be kept totally separate, I have regularly commented on your group and love it.
Thanks, Martin. I'm grateful that you're able to keep the spirit of the MBG group and also signpost this group for those affected by clawback.
Thanks for all your hard work and please thank Mrs R for her patience!
Thank you for your work trying to maintain standards whilst highlighting important events to do with Clawback.
As you say the group was not set up for Clawback.
I’ll continue to enjoy the nostalgic group & support Clawback
Thank you Martin, I know you are sometimes put in difficult situations and have to remain impartial when policing the sites, keep up the good work, it's not an easy job your doing especially as both sites are so busy, thanks again
After celebrating 40 years continued service with the bank yesterday, I am reminded I don’t have many people who can reminisce with me at work anymore, so I love the fact that people take the time and make the effort to use social media to reminisce 😃
I remember walking into 22 West Street Dunstable on 30th Jan 1978 and seeing you there Caroline Rose !
Thanks, Martin Ridley - very nicely explained. MBGs is spoilt whenever anyone gets personal or anti-HSBC.
I too have found colleagues on the site and had fun reminiscing on various topics (how 'sad' it is that we can remember a/c numbers😅), which is how it should be.
I'm sure many of us will have individual issues from our working days, but MBGs is not the place to air them. Having said that, clawback & GMP are very serious and life-affecting matters which all staff need to be aware of as many of us will be affected by one or the other - hopefully not both.
Keep up your excellent work!!
Martin - thank you - I agree that the two issues should be kept separate and any issues re clawback etc should be directed to that group - these are two compatible groups but with direct aims and objectives serving different purposes.
Not everyone In this group will be affected by clawback and a degree of separation is appropriate.
I appreciate BOTH groups - keep up the good work, Martin.
Thank you Martin for all your hard work for this group, it is much appreciated.
Today's clarification of the group's position regarding the Clawback group should help prevent future conflict for you and all the members of both groups.
Keep up the very good work Martin and thank you for the clarification.
I hope everyone, whether affected by claw back or not, reads this and appreciates your comments.
Well said Martin Ridley we are lucky to have you and your have and continue to do a fantastic job for our group with huge appreciation.
Thx also to your dear wife for allowing you the time.
Martin - you have done an absolutely amazing and outstanding job for all of us current and past of HSBC and Midland. You are a true ambassador, and in your own personal voluntary time maintain a lifeline for many colleagues to share their stories and connections.
We are truly blessed to have such a wonderful individual who works full time for another Company, Yet you dedicate hours and hours of any spare time to support us all.