Nationwide is a British building society and mutual financial institution. Headquartered in Swindon, it has additional offices in Glasgow, Bournemouth, Northampton and London. Formed by more than 100 mergers, Nationwide has more than 15 million members and is the largest building society in the world.
What is now Nationwide began life in the nineteenth century, with the Northampton Town & County Freehold Land Society and the Southern Co-operative Permanent Building Society. The Co-operative Permanent changed its name to Nationwide Building Society in 1970, merging with Anglia Building Society in 1987. The new company was initially known as Nationwide Anglia Building Society but changed to simply Nationwide in 1992.
After the financial crisis of 2008, Nationwide acted to protect the mutual financial sector and acquired several smaller building societies.
Nationwide is committed to maintaining its mutual status and was by far the biggest British building society that didn’t convert to bank status in the wave of demutualisations of the late 1980s. Subsequent proposals to change to full bank status have not been actioned.
Nationwide Products and Services
Nationwide business customers can choose from a range of savings accounts with strong interest rates. These include notice accounts, fixed-rate accounts and instant access accounts.
These accounts are designed for SMEs with no more than 250 employees and a turnover of less than £45million. A range of corporate banking accounts are available for larger companies.
Nationwide members who have a current account, savings account or mortgage get a better rate of interest when taking out a loan (although loans are available to non-members as well). Customers must earn at least £700 a month. Once agreed, funds can be cleared into the borrowers’ account within two hours.
Nationwide also offers a range of current and savings accounts, cash ISAs and Junior ISAs.
Security at Nationwide
Nationwide is authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and the Prudential Regulation Authority. Deposits of up to £85,000 are covered by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS).
Nationwide Contact Details
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