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Nationwide Building Society is a Britishmarker building society, that is, as of 2009, the largest in the world. It has its headquarters in Swindonmarker, Englandmarker, and maintains a significant administration centre in Northamptonmarker. It is the only UK building society to clear its own cheques. Until mid-2009, when it announced the withdrawal of the service, it had been the only UK financial institution to offer completely fee-free transactions (both electronic and cash withdrawals) worldwide with its VISA debit cards. Nationwide was by far the largest British building society that did not convert to a bank in the wave of demutalisations that occurred from the late 1980s to the late 1990s. As of 2008, it is larger than all the other remaining British building societies combined, measured by total assets. It is a member of the Building Societies Association.

Nationwide Building Society provides financial services both directly, and through approximately 750 branches and 200 agencies. Nationwide is a major provider of both mortgages and savings in the UK, as well as personal banking and commercial lending. Nationwide.co.uk is the main website and sells most products and has around 2.5 million monthly visitors and 1.6 million active internet bankers. It also has a Sponsorship website at nationwidefootball.co.uk which replaced the previous Sponsored by You website on 7 January 2009.

The Society's origins lie in Wiltshire (1846), Northampton (1848) and within the co-operative movement in Londonmarker (1883). Over a hundred mergers later — most notably the merger between the Nationwide and the Anglia Building Society in 1987 — they are now the UK's second largest mortgage lender and savings provider. More significantly, it is the largest building society in the world and committed to staying mutual. The society is keen to emphasise that it does not have shareholders, it has members.

In August 2007 the Society merged with Portman Building Society, creating a mutual body with assets of more than £160bn.

In the financial crisis of 2007–2009, the Nationwide has acted to safeguard the mutual sector, acquiring the ailing Cheshire and Derbyshire building societies in September 2008 and the Dunfermline Building Society on 30 March 2009.No member votes were taken, and no windfall benefit were given to society members. The Derbyshire, Cheshire and Dunfermline brand names will continue as separate trading arms of the Nationwide group.

History

  • 2009
Nationwide Building Society's head office in Swindon, Wiltshire.
    • 25 November 2009 - Nationwide wins the Office of Fair Trading test case regarding the fairness and legality of it's unauthorised overdraft charges on it's current account, the FlexAccount.
    • 6 May 2009 - Nationwide to begin passing on Visa fee for credit card transactions conducted outside Europe. Debit and Credit Card customers will begin to be charged from 1 June 2009. Previously there was no fee for transactions conducted abroad on Nationwide credit or debit cards.
    • 30 March 2009 - Nationwide agrees to purchase the branches, deposits and good loans of Dunfermline Building Society
    • 24 March 2009 - Nationwide opens a direct savings branch in Dublinmarker, Irelandmarker called Nationwide UK (Ireland)
    • 7 March 2009 - A protest is held in Bagshot, Surrey against the closure of the local branch of Nationwide, the village's only bank


  • 2008
    • 15 December 2008 - The merger with the Cheshire Building Society is officially complete and the Cheshire becomes a trading division of the Nationwide.
    • 1 December 2008 - The merger with the Derbyshire Building Society is officially completed and it now becomes a trading division of the Nationwide.
    • 8 September 2008 - Media reports and Nationwide confirmation of merger between themselves, The Derbyshire and the Cheshire Building Societies - with the successor society being known as the Nationwide Building Society with the Derbyshire and Cheshire retaining their own branding and products.


  • 2007
    • 28 August 2007 - Nationwide completes merger with the former Portman Building Society
    • 1 April 2007 - Graham Beale (Group Finance Director) takes over as Chief Executive following the retirement of Philip Williamson.
    • Fined £980,000 by the Financial Services Authority after an enquiry into the theft of an employee's laptop exposed security flaws. On 20 February 2007 it was reported that this fine would be paid by Nationwide's members rather than by the directors who were directly accountable.


  • 2006
    • Experienced a security breach that potentially compromised the personal information of members after a society laptop computer was stolen from an employee's home during a burglary in August 2006. However, no customers have lost any money as a result.


  • 2004
    • Nationwide overtakes the clearing bank Barclays to become Britain'smarker fourth largest mortgage lender, with more than 1 million mortgage customers.
Former head office, New Oxford House in Holborn, London.
  • 2001
    • Society carpetbaggers propose a resolution for another vote by Nationwide members to convert the society to a bank. The resolution is rejected by the Nationwide board on legal grounds.


  • 2000
    • Cash machine surcharge campaigning in 1999 results in withdrawals from most cash machines owned by UK banks becoming free for customers of all banks and building societies throughout the UK.


  • 1999
    • Nationwide Building Society, together with various UK tabloid newspapers and media, launches a campaign against controversial cash machine fees. The campaign reaches a peak when Barclays Bank announces a plan to charge all customers of rival banks and financial providers, including those of Nationwide, £1 for every cash machine withdrawal made from a Barclays-owned cash machine. This prompts Nationwide Building Society to warn Barclays that it would take legal action against the bank if it did not back down. Nationwide claims Barclays has broken the rules of the LINK network of cash machines, which the bank had joined earlier the same year.


  • 1998
    • Society members seeking a windfall, branded as carpetbaggers by the UK media, meant Nationwide members go to vote on whether to demutualise the society and float on the London Stock Exchange. The attempt fails, despite media reports of possible pay-outs to members of around £1,000 to £1,500 each, as Nationwide members vote by a narrow margin of 33,700 against converting the building society into a bank.
    • At its Swindon headquarters, Nationwide pilots the use of iris recognition in cash machines. This project was since cancelled due to it not being cost effective.


  • 1997
    • Launches the UK’s first internet banking service on 27 May 1997.


  • 1991
    • The first Visa/Delta debit card in the world from a Building Society is launched by Nationwide. Barclays, TSB and Lloyds Bank had already been providing them, but they were banks.


  • 1987
    • Merger of the Nationwide and Anglia Building Society. The new society is known as Nationwide Anglia Building Society at first, but the word Anglia is dropped in 1992. The merger also results in the now-familiar Nationwide logo. The new Society subsequently absorbed the City of Derry Building Society (not to be confused with the current Society of that name, until 2001 known as the Londonderry Provident).
A high-street branch of Nationwide Building Society.
  • 1975
    • Transfer of engagements of the Marlborough Building Society to Nationwide.


  • 1970
    • The Co-operative Permanent Building Society changes its name to Nationwide Building Society. The name was suggested by the then chairman, Leonard Williams, and borrowed from the BBC current affairs programme, Nationwide.




Sponsorships

"Sponsored by you.com" logo
"Sponsored by you" logo
The company is the former title sponsor of the Football League, the Football Conference and the FA Women's Premier League. Nationwide also sponsored the football teams Northampton Town and Swindon Town until 2007 when the contracts were terminated. Nationwide has offices in both towns.

The sponsorship of the Football League lasted from 1996 until 2004, while the sponsorship of the Conference ran from 1999 until 2007.

The company is also the sponsor of the Nationwide Mercury Music Prize.

Nationwide currently sponsors all four national football teams of the United Kingdommarker: England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. To differentiate itself from the tried and tested method of sponsorship by plc companies, Nationwide is demonstrating its mutual status with a 'Sponsored by you' campaign aimed at giving the benefits of sponsorship back to the membership as well as having members’ names appear on shirts and signage etc.

Subsidiaries

Nationwide also owns several subsidiary companies, including:

  • First Nationwide - an investment company.
  • Foundation Insurance Limited - Isle of Manmarker based captive insurer.
  • Monument (Sutton) Limited - commercial property rental company.
  • The Mortgage Works plc - provider of Buy to Let and Self Certification mortgages.
  • Nationwide International Ltd - offshore banking for British expatriates, based in Douglasmarker on the Isle of Manmarker,
  • Nationwide Investments (No.1) Ltd - an investment company.
  • Nationwide Mortgage Corporation Ltd. - acquires and administers commercial mortgage portfolios from third parties.
  • Nationwide Syndications Limited - arranges and participates in syndicated loans to Registered Housing Associations.
  • Nationwide Trust Limited - personal loan service.
  • Nationwide UK (Ireland) - a direct savings provider in the Republic of Irelandmarker.
  • Nationwide Unit Trust Managers Ltd. - offering unit trusts, equity ISAs and Stakeholder Pensions.
  • UCB Home Loans Corporation Ltd - provided specialist mortgage finance, no longer lending.


It also has the following divisions:

Key people

  • Graham Beale - Chief Executive
  • Geoffrey Howe - Chairman
  • Stuart Bernau - Group Product & Marketing Director
  • David Rigney - Group Operations Director
  • Mark Rennison - Group Finance Director
  • Matthew Wyles - Group Distribution Director
  • Tony Prestedge - Group Development Director
  • Robin Bailey - Insurance & Investment Director
  • Andy McQueen - Mortgages & Savings Director
  • Bryce Glover - Divisional Director Commercial Finance biography


See also



References

Footnotes

  1. KPMG Building Societies Database 2008, page 3.
  2. Nationwide rescues small lenders BBC News, 8 September 2008
  3. Nationwide, Derbyshire and Cheshire merger announcement Nationwide Building Society, 9 September 2008
  4. Nationwide, Derbyshire and Cheshire merger announcement Derbyshire Building Society, 9 September 2008
  5. Nationwide, Derbyshire and Cheshire merger announcement Cheshire Building Society, 9 September 2008
  6. [1]Nationwide wins OFT test case
  7. Foreign Transactions
  8. World’s largest Building Society opens for business in Ireland
  9. National press coverage of the 7 March 2009 protest
  10. Local press coverage of the 7 March 2009 protest
  11. Nationwide fine for stolen laptop BBC News, 14 February 2007
  12. Lewis, Paul Nationwide customers pay £1m fine BBC News, 17 February 2007
  13. O’Connell, Dominic and Ringshaw, Grant Regulator probes shock security lapse at Nationwide The Times, 12 November 2006
  14. Nationwide statement on theft Nationwide Building Society, 14 February 2007
  15. Business: The Company File Conversion rejected BBC News, 23 July 1998
  16. McCue, Andy Nationwide ditches iris and fingerprint biometrics CNET Networks Inc. 23 September 2003
  17. NATIONWIDE CELEBRATES TEN YEARS OF INTERNET BANKING Nationwide Building Society, 22 May 2007
  18. Extract from Building Societies Yearbook 2009/10 (p.152) Building Societies Association (retrieved 17 November 2009)
  19. The Times, Friday, 27 February 1970; pg. 21; Issue 57805; col E, display advertisement for Co-operative Permanent. Retrieved from InfoTrac on 25 June 2008.
  20. http://www.nationwide.co.uk/commercial/media_centre/spokespeople.htm


Bibliography

  • Brick upon Brick: 50 years Co-operative Permanent Building Society by Albert Mansbridge. Contains black and white images of personnel, buildings, has a chronology, and includes a substantial appendix section and index. Total of 236 pages.


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