Our History

The Star Co-op. Bank of Gujarat

Established at Surat on 03/08/1994, Prime Co-Operative Bank has cast a totally different track in Banking within a span of 22 years. In a number of ways, Prime Bank has proved to be a trendsetter for the Banking Industry, particularly the Co-Op. Banks in our country. The Bank started earning commendable name with audit grade 'A' and offering 15% dividend to the members all through, from the 1 st date of operation.

Popularly known as High-Tech Bank or often called the Banking supermarket of south Gujarat, the Bank built up concrete foundation on business parameters & kept on adding more & more social services in the entire area of operation with sincerely & honesty of the staff.

The Bank laid excessive emphasis on high-tech electronic services. Prime Bank is the only Bank, which publishes its financial results of 31st March-end every year on the 1st April, the very next day since inception of the bank. This is considered unique, the highest mark of efficiency based on electronic operations.


2016

E-Commerce Facility.

Best Chairman–Shri Gokul Bakshi among Urban Co-operative. Banks all over in India awarded by Banking Frontier.

2015

Own Training Centre at City Light Branch New Premises.

2014

1st Rank - Best Bank among Urban Co-operatives of all over in Gujarat awarded by Gujarat Rajya Sahakari Sangh. Rupay Card Facility through Sarwatra Tie-up with ICICI Bank.

2013

Merger of Bayad Nagarik Sahakari Bank Ltd., Bayad, Dist. Aravali.

2012

Implementation of Disaster Recovery Site, Bardoli Branch. Launchig of ATM Card.

2011

5th merger – The Mercantile Co-op. Bank Ltd., Godhra merged with the bank with two branches on 9-07-2011.

2010

Implementation of 100% Core Banking Solutions.

2009

Tie-up with Paul Merchants for foreign inward remittance facility through Western Union Money Transfer. Two branches opened on 1.06.2009 – one at Bodeli Dist. Vadodra and another one at Vyara Dist. Tapi Fourth merger took place on 22.09.09. Sanand Urban Co-op. Bank Ltd., Sanand taken into merger.

2008

Prime Bank has received Category-2 License to carry out Foreign Exchange Business Prime Bank had done Hattrick in Merger of weak Banks :

  • In June 2006 Vadodara's 50 year old bank with its 7 branches, 'Baroda Dist. Industrial Co-Op. Bank.
  • In June 2007 Surat's 'Adajan Nagrik Co-Op. Bank.'
  • In June 2008 Nadiad's 38 year old bank with its 3 branches 'United Mercantile Co-Op. Bank.

2007

Prime Bank has done a remarkable job as Adajan Nagrik Co-Op. Bank's merger with Prime Co-operative Bank, placing its management on it, which has increased area of its working in Surat city. Prime Bank has started business of Mutual Funds on a referral basis. Bank has tied with Principal PNB Mutual Fund, UTI, Benchmark, ICICI Prudential, Reliance, SBI, Lotus, Birla, Kotak, Sundaram ETC.

2006

Prime Bank has done a remarkable job as Baroda District Industrial Co-operative Bank's merger with Prime Co-operative Bank, placing its management on its 7 branches, which has increased area of its working upto Chotta Udaipur in Gujarat just 72 km away from the MP border. Prime started the process of Franking on 21st Nov. at Surat & Baroda, whire customers can bring in their blank papers and convert them to a stamp paper without paying additional fees.

2005

Prime Bank joined its hands with Worlds Number 5 ranked Insurance Provider named AVIVA Insurance, providing Life Insurance and with IFFCO-TOKIO for providing Marine Insurance and General Insurance to its customers.

Introduced Schemes like Loan for Gold in partnership with Indus Ind Bank. Also opened a Bill Collection Centre at its Bharuch Branch for collecting Gas Bills of Gujarat Gas Co. Ltd. To make payment system quicker RBI has launched RTGS scheme for scheduled bank, Prime has joined hands with Kalupur Commercial Bank to help its customers to have the advantages of RTGS.

2004

Prime Bank Completed its 10th anniversary, and introduced schemes like Prime Sarasvatee, Prime Health Card and Prime Citizen for its valued customers.

2000

Bank started with opening of a new millennium branch at navsari millennium branch in feb. 2000 first bank in south Gujarat to open its outcity branch. Bank opened another outstation branch at Bharuch in sep-2000, starting to open D-MAT a/c in November 2000.

1999

Bank has taken permission from RBI to accept the NRI deposits. Introducing “smart cash” –a smart alternative of cash named as “prime purse”. It was useful at 143 places in the entire Surat area and response encouraging received from valuable class of people of Surat.

1998

Branch Expansion had continued during the year and 3rd branch was opened in June 98 at M.G.Road, 4th branch was opened in oct-98 at new sardar market & 5th branch was opened in Dec98 at -Bhatar Char Rasta.

1997

1997 Branch Expansion Strategy initiated and bank started its first branch Bhulka Bhavan Branch at Adajan in August 1997 within the very next Month i.e. Sept.97 bank had started another Branch at Katargam GIDC.

1996

“Customer is a king” approach initiated concept of information technology were used like TELE Banking/Remote Banking with the advent of computerized operations. Off time banking concept were introduced i.e. evening 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. were provided for bank’s retail customer to reduce their Cash risk and continue as on date.

1995

Product development strategy initiated. Bank started financing small scale industries as recommended by RBI from Goiporia Committee and Narsimha committee.

1994

Bank was incorporated under the chairmanship of Mr. Gokul Bakshi. Bank commenced business from a rented location. Retail banking was the initial activity of the bank. Focus of strategy was stability, market penetration, resources build up and steady growth.