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BSA blog

News and views on topical issues from BSA staff and guests.

Standing out for the right reasons

19 December 2016

Earlier in the year I wrote about the Summer of 2016 being a period that future generations would study in their history lessons. As events have continued to unfold during the Autumn, it continues to feel that we really are living through history in the making…

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Investment in staff, results in the workplace: MSc Leadership and Management programme

13 December 2016

We catch up with some of the first wave of MSc Leadership and Management students to see how this personal investment from across the building society sector is paying off for them and their societies…

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Harnessing financial technology in building societies

06 December 2016

The history of financial services is fascinating. Of course, we all know that money has been around for a very long time in many different shapes and forms. It started with the simple bartering of goods, and later developed into the use of objects such as cowrie shells as currency. Today

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Modern Methods of Construction

13 October 2016

At the Conservative Party Conference earlier this month the Government announced additional support for house building in the UK. Amongst these were the £3bn Home Building Fund to support all private sector builders and the £2bn fund to support ‘Accelerated Construction’ and support new construction methods...

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BSA position on the Government Savings Bill

13 October 2016

The Government’s Savings (Government Contributions) Bill recently had its Second Reading. The Bill contains details of the Lifetime ISA (LISA) and the Help-to-Save scheme. The BSA has outlined its position on the Bill.

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No.1 CopperPot celebrates 30 years in business

12 August 2016

We would like to send a huge ‘congratulations’ to one of the BSA’s newest and youngest members, as they approach a landmark anniversary; 30 years in business. Manchester-based No.1 CopperPot, which serves police officers and their families, will mark the occasion with an afternoon of celebration at the Manchester Police Museum and Archives...

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Infographic: MPC Bank Rate change

Infographic: MPC Bank Rate change

11 August 2016

In the wake of the Brexit vote, the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) reduced the Bank Rate to 0.25%. What does this mean for you?

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Ninety-one million and rising means that we’re a nation of members

Ninety-one million and rising means that we’re a nation of members

22 June 2016

Guest blog by Ed Mayo, Secretary General of Co-operatives UK, discusses the UK's growing status as a 'nation of members', and reveals what exactly makes a good membership organisation.

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Move over banks, mutuals offer borrowers better deals

Move over banks, mutuals offer borrowers better deals

21 June 2016

Moneyfacts' research reveals that Building Societies are currently offering overall better mortgage rates than banks.

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Building societies: Facing the challenges and opportunities head on

Building societies: Facing the challenges and opportunities head on

09 June 2016

Jonathan Davidson, Director of Supervision at the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), summarises his speech from the recent BSA annual conference. What do the FCA’s mortgage interventions mean to building societies and their future of lending?

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The Branch of the Future

The Branch of the Future

23 May 2016

Listening to John Warren and Barnaby Davis speak about branches of the future at the BSA Annual Conference, in a presentation as engaging and interactive as the topic itself, it quickly became apparent that although branches have come a long, long way in the last 30 years, this is nothing compared to what is to come.

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Cyber-Security an inevitable consequence of the interconnectedness of everything

Cyber-Security an inevitable consequence of the interconnectedness of everything

18 May 2016

Listening to Richard Horne, a Partner at PwC specialising in Cyber Security, speaking at the BSA Conference today, it is abundantly clear that cyber everything is proliferating. With the increase in ‘digital’ and just the sheer cyber interconnectedness of everything comes significant reward, but greater and different risks that must be faced by firms and consumers alike.

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