Tesco will create more than 800 jobs in Scotland in its latest move towards offering a full banking service.

The recruits will be based at Tesco’s new customer service centre in central Glasgow, which will manage customer sales and services for Tesco Personal Finance.

TPF has received a £5m grant from the Scottish Government to assist in creating the service centre.

“The opening of the new customer service centre will be a significant step towards TPF offering a full banking service,” said Andrew Higginson (pictured), chief executive of Tesco Retailing Services.

“It is hard to ignore that people’s trust in the banking sector is at a very low ebb. Offering first-class customer service, however, is central to our Tesco values and the new centre will most certainly help us put the Tesco into Tesco Personal Finance.”

The operations centre is due to open in the first half of 2010.

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