10th June 2016

BBA members vote in favour of trade association merger

Members of the BBA have voted for the organisation to consolidate with three other bodies to form a new trade association for the finance sector.

The BBA will now join the Council of Mortgage Lenders, Payments UK and UK Cards Association in a new Trade Association representing the Financial Services Industry after 94 per cent per cent of its voting membership found in favour of the proposal.

Anthony Browne, BBA CEO, said:

“It is right that our members get effective representation and value for money from their trade associations. The BBA membership has voted 94 per cent in favour of consolidating the BBA as part of a new Financial Services Trade Association.

“We look forward to working with the other trade associations and to providing a world class service for our members across the banking sector.”

The vote comes in response to the proposed consolidation set out by The Financial Services Trade Associations Review, an independent review into the effectiveness and efficiency of the financial services trade association landscape with the aim of strengthening representation of the UK financial services industry.

The review, led by Ed Richards CBE, was set up by a steering committee of major UK banks and a building society to consider the wide range of existing trade associations at a time of significant change in financial services, persistent low levels of customer trust, and new and diverse entrants to the industry.

Plans for the new trade association will now be taken forward by the Interim Main Board of the new trade association.

NOTES TO EDITORS:

  • The BBA is the leading trade association for the UK banking sector with 200 member banks headquartered in over 50 countries with operations in 180 jurisdictions worldwide.  Eighty per cent of global systemically important banks are members of the BBA.  As the representative of the world’s largest international banking cluster the BBA is the voice of UK banking.