12 Jan

Orange Walk Opening

Orange Walk Opening

New HBL Office in Orange Walk Town

On August 19, 2016, the Bank celebrated another milestone to its 2016 successes being the Inaugural Ceremonies for the newly built Orange Walk Branch. The ceremonies began slightly after 3pm and the guests were delighted by The Master of Ceremonies, Mr. Luis Pook who did a splendid job in both English and Spanish. Cultural presentations were prepared by the ‘Saasil Ja’ Group of Yo Creek, a Mestizo Children’s Dance Group. We were graced in prayer by Rev. Edwin Orosco from La Inmaculada Roman Catholic Parish. Special Guest Speaker was none other than, Mayor of Orange Walk Town, Mr. Kevin Bernard and also seated at the Head Table, was our Managing Director, Mr. Duncan. Welcome address was given by Orange Walk Branch Manager, Mrs. Yasmira Espadas and the Vote of Thanks was given by Branch Supervisor, Mr. Arnel Caceres. The guest list included customers, community members, HBL directors and staff. After the ceremonies, the balloons were lifted in the air and champagne was popped in celebration. A light snack was served and everyone enjoyed the company of the customers and other members of the team on such a memorable occasion. We take this opportunity once again to thank the Directors for trusting in the Orange Walk Community, Mr. Anthony Thurton (the architect), Mr. Hugh Crawford (the contractor) and his team for such a beautiful structure that now captures the attention of all.

12 Jan

FCIB Acquisition

FCIB Acquisition

Heritage Bank Successfully Undertakes Historic Acquisition!

Albert Street

In 2015 when the Heritage Bank team members were working diligently towards annual goals and objectives, there was a change being undertaken by CIBC First Caribbean Bank. The Directors of that institution made a decision to wrap up their business services in Belize. This decision meant that other Banks in Belize would have the opportunity to purchase the assets of the CIBCFCIB Belize business. When this opportunity arose, it was with foresight of the potential benefits that our Managing Director made every effort to ensure that Heritage Bank was in contention to bid for the assets of CIBCFCIB in Belize. It was through determination and sheer will that the Managing Director led the effort that eventually materialized into Heritage Bank being the Bank left standing to reap the benefits of the CIBCFCIB Belize acquisition.

The work to transform an acquisition into a transition of assets was no easy feat and proved to be a humbling experience. However, the Heritage Bank team members were up to the task and rose to the challenge. After a few false starts and delays, all teams mobilized and ensured they were ready to do their part. Operations & IT worked weekends and late nights to prepare for the transition. Throughout the transition, there were countless hours spent organizing, preparing cards for delivery, cleaning data, addressing customer concerns and a host of other related tasks. The instantaneous growth in customer-related activities led to a new team being added. The BPC, Business Processing Center, mobilized quickly and took on these activities successfully.

The toll of extra work and late hours showed on the faces of team members but everyone kept pace with the changes and were determined to make the transition a success. The overwhelming feeling that we were about to accomplish something that had never been done before in Belize kept everyone focused throughout the late nights. We were making history in our daily efforts. A small local Bank was in the trenches taking over the assets of a larger, International Bank. This had never before happened in Belize, and may not happen again in the near future, and the Heritage Bank team wanted to make its mark.

Belmopan & Orange Walk

Post transition, the changes continue throughout the Bank. The benefits of the acquisition are beginning to bear fruit. The hard and diligent work by the staff has not gone unnoticed. There are new opportunities opening up for promotions, cross training and wider growth. There are numerous new team members who have joined the Heritage Bank family in the city and at district branches and we welcome them to the team. The Bank has seen overnight growth in its customer base with over 7000 new deposit accounts and over 4000 new lending accounts being added from the acquisition, doubling the Balance Sheet over one weekend. Through all the disruption and challenges, the bottom line shows that at least 99% of the transitioned customers have been successfully integrated into the Bank’s services.

Under the tutelage of our Managing Director and Board of Directors, we continue to streamline our new responsibilities. The workload is still high for many, some have adapted well and some continue to work through the challenges but all have embraced the new reality of Heritage Bank which can no longer be referred to as a small local Bank. From inception to implementation to completion, the transition proved to be an undertaking of David and Goliath proportions. We were out of our comfort zone but we grew, we thrived, we learned, we endured and now we can move forward knowing that Heritage Bank is stronger and more agile to take on new challenges.

It is with gratitude and warm hearts that we thank all those who did their part in making this historic transition a resounding success. As we go through our busy day, it is easy to overlook our successes and accomplishments. Let us all be sure to look back and appreciate where we were just a few months ago and then look around you and appreciate where we are now. We are standing on a more solid foundation that will take the team into a more successful future at Heritage Bank.

12 Jan

Musical Instrument Hand Over

Handing Over Ceremony of Musical Instruments

Heritage Gives Back to the community!
Friday, June 12th 2015 at 1:30 p.m. was a special occasion not only for the students of St. Luke Methodist School, but also for Heritage Bank, who demonstrated its corporate social responsibility in a meaningful way. Through the ‘Music in Schools Program', a well established initiative of the Governor General, His Excellency Sir Colville Young since 1993 and which benefits over 100 schools and youth groups in Belize, Heritage Bank donated Wind Instruments (3 Trumpets, 2 Trombones and 1 French Horn) to St. Luke’s Purple Spirit Marching Band.
The handing over ceremony was held at St. Luke’s Methodist Church where the beneficiaries of the gifts, the students, were in attendance. The children were all enthusiastic and excited to see the shiny new instruments most wishing to get their hands on them to bring them to life with the melodious sounds that they demonstrate year after year in the Love FM Band Fest, Love FM Christmas parade, Methodist Youth Conference parade, Child Stimulation Month parade for preschools and other functions.
Our Managing Director delivered the Remarks, pointing out that St. Luke Methodist School has benefited from Music In School Program and is a good example of what is possible with limited resources but committed leadership. After 3 years of 3rd place finishes the School won the prestigious 1st place in Band Fest Competition in 2007. Since then it won 1st place in Drumline Competition every year except 2011 when the band did not compete. This year 2015 the band placed 2nd in the Drum Core Competition.
St. Luke takes their music program very seriously and it is for that reason Heritage is very proud to provide the additional instruments to expand their music program while helping those who might be less fortunate.
It was a compact Agenda with Reverend C. David Goff, OBE and Superintendent Wesley Circuit who gave the Opening Prayer and blessed all in attendance. The symbolic Handing Over Ceremony was delivered by Mr. Duncan, His Excellency, the Principal of St. Luke, Mrs. Bodden and the Purple Spirit Marching Band Manager, Mrs. Wade. Reverend C. Bernard Duncan gave the Closing Prayer. The ceremony concluded with two performances from the Purple Spirit Marching Band.
12 Jan

Spelling Bee

B&B National Spelling Bee - "Championing Academic Excellence"

Heritage Bank was a Proud Gold Sponsor of this event and is happy to demonstrate its Corporate Social Responsibility by supporting this popular educational initiative. Five Thousand Dollars, personalized Heritage Gift Cards and Gift Bags were donated as prizes!
For twenty-three years Bowen & Bowen, in cooperation with the Ministry of Education, has sponsored the National Spelling Bee in Belize. The Bee has given over twelve thousand students from all over Belize a chance to have their academic excellence honored.
11 Jan

Youths Summer Program

"Heritage Builds Up Our Youths" Summer Program 2016

In Summer 2016, Heritage Bank championed a life skill educational program, an initiative of Eastern Division South headed by Assistant Commissioner of Police, Mr. Chester Williams, in order to find a positive alternative for our youths during the summer vacation.

The program catered for 50 in and out of school youths between the ages of 10 to 17 years from Southside Belize City and ran for three cycles during the summer holidays. The first fold of activities, called “Life Tour” gave the youths an appreciation of what one goes through when involved in crime and violence.

The youths were taken to different hot spots within the city then transported to the Police station and taken to the court, the prison and thereafter to the cemetery. The second fold of the program, “Knowing Your Country”, gave the youths an opportunity to visit four corners of our jewel highlighting its history and diversity, an alternative to the crime life. The youths

also had the opportunity to have some of the athletes from Eastern Division South participating with them in order to show that one can opt and rise to a different life- style than what they know. In the North, the youths were taken to Lamanai and Blue Creek. To the West they were introduced to the border, taken to Xunantunich and the Iguana Farm in San Ignacio with a city tour of Belmopan. In the South they saw the Culture Capital, Dangriga, and they visited Placencia & Seine Bight stop- ping at different archaeological sites in the immediate vicinity.

Heritage is pleased to have partnered with the police in sponsoring $5,000 to this initiative, which is part of a wider program, Southside Youth Services Project, aimed at giving at risk youths a pathway to employment or back into formal education.

14 Jan


Property Information - San Pedro - spres1

Parcel 3207 Block 7, San Pedro Registration Section being the freehold property of Cesar Agusto Cerpa. The property comprises of 416.67 square yards and there are two structures on the lot. The main building is of timber construction, comprised of a two storey section and a one flat addition at the back. The other is a small plywood and timber building. The plywood and timber building is a one bedroom and one bathroom apartment and measure 12 feet by 22 feet. The two storey section measures 20 feet by 20 feet plus a 6 feet wide verandah at both levels. The lower and upper flats each accommodate a one bedroom and bathroom apartment. The section attached at the back is a residential house and measures 23 feet by 40 feet. The residential unit accommodates three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a kitchen and dining room and a sitting room.

14 Jan


Property Information - Cayo - cyres02

All THAT PIECE OR PARCEL of land number 157 in the Santa Familia Village, Cayo District and bounded as follows:- On the Northeast for 30.340 metres by a street; On the Southeast for 41.775 metres by Lot. No. 156; On the Southwest for 27.437 metres by a Street and On the Northwest for 54.741 metres by Lot No. 158; containing 1323.802 S.M. as shown on Plan No. 1897B at the office of the Commissioner of Lands and Survey. TOGETHER with all buildings, erections and developments standing and being thereon. Millard Tun. Auction held in front of Heritage Bank Limited, Market Square, Belmopan, Cayo District on March 10,2020 at 10:45 am.

13 Jan


Property Information - Cayo - cycomm2

Parcel 889, 890 and 891 Block 23 Registration Section San Ignacio Town. The properties are the freehold interest of Oscar Manzanero.

The three parcels of land are located on Waight Street in the San Ignacio Town Registration Section, containing 3,324.64 square yards. Parcel 889 contains 997.51 sq yards, Parcel 890 contains 183.60 sq yards and Parcel 891 contains 2,143.53 sq yards. There is a three storey concrete building sprawled over the three lots. The structure is a commercial building with the ground floor covering approximately 15,500 sq feet.

13 Jan


Property Information - Cayo - CYCOMM1

Parcel 3893 Block 24, Society Hall Registration Section, North of Teakettle Village. The freehold interest of Ephraim Usher. Auction held in front of Heritage Bank Limited, Market Square, Belmopan, Cayo District on March 10,2020 at 10:45 am.

The parcel 3893 contains 59.481 acres and it is bounded as follows:-

On the North by Parcel No. 2996
On the South by Parcel No 3413 and a portion of Parcel No. 3414
On the East by Parcels Nos. 3890, 3891, 3892 and a road
On the West by Parcels No. 308 and a portion of section of a road

13 Jan


Property Information - Cayo - cyag3

ALL THOSE the premises comprised in and granted by the Minister responsible for national lands to WILLIAM LINDO by the Minister’s Fiat (Grant) dated the 8th day of January 2008 and numbered 1298 of 2007 and registered at the Land Titles Unit in the City of Belmopan and containing 346.31 acres of land situate South of the Western Highway, near Mile 39, Frank’s Eddy Agricultural Layout, Cayo District, bounded and described as shown on the Plan No. 1298 of 2007 attached to the said Fiat TOGETHER with all building and erections standing and being thereon. Auction held in front of Heritage Bank Limited, Market Square, Belmopan, Cayo District on March 10,2020 at 10:45 am.