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From 1 July 2017, the finance and banking industry operating in the UK will be represented by a new trade association, UK Finance. It will represent around 300 firms in the UK providing credit, banking, markets and payment-related services. The new organisation will take on most of the activities previously carried out by the Asset Based Finance Association, the British Bankers’ Association, the Council of Mortgage Lenders, Financial Fraud Action UK, Payments UK and the UK Cards Association.x
Commenting on the Chancellor’s Mansion House speech, BBA Chief Executive Anthony Browne said:
“The Chancellor said some important words tonight about how a successful banking industry is good for Britain. We share his ambitions for a City that is the best regulated in the world and has the highest standards for conduct, with greater innovation and more competition.Read more
Commenting on the publication of the Bank of England’s Fair and Effective Markets Review’s final report, the BBA’s Chief Executive Anthony Browne said:
“It’s vital that London once again sets the gold standard for fair dealing and integrity in financial markets.Read more
Richard Woolhouse, Chief Economist at the BBA, said:
“British businesses and consumers have started to put their foot on the gas. There appears to be broad confidence about the economy, which the banks are supporting through affordable credit, leading to rises in borrowing across the board.
“Business lending has risen in three of the first four months this year indicating that we might have reached a turning point. There was a significant pre-election jump in mortgage approvals which we would expect to continue in the coming months.
“There was a sharp rise in the amount savers deposited in their bank accounts and also in the amount people are borrowing through personal loans and credit cards. This suggests that consumer spending will continue to drive the British economy forwards.”Read more
Commenting on the SME Finance Monitor 2015 Q1 results, a BBA spokesman said:
“This research shows that nearly eight out of 10 businesses have had the green light for finance in the past 18 months and confidence amongst SMEs is at its highest levels since this survey began in 2011.
“It’s great that businesses are saying they feel positive about their future and very few now see securing finance as a barrier to doing business.
“There is, however, still a gap between perception and reality when it comes to being approved for lending. If you’re thinking about applying we would urge you to speak with your bank – you are a lot more likely to get a “yes” than you might think.”Read more
Reacting to this morning’s announcement by the Competition and Markets Authority, a BBA spokesman said:
“All the banks have been working with the CMA as part of this ongoing inquiry. There are already substantial changes underway across the banking industry to strengthen competition, which improves choice and service for customers. This includes initiatives like midata that help customers access their data and shop around, as well as a range of new technologies that have changed the way we bank both online and in branch.
“Today’s statement takes a positive of view of recent innovations in retail banking and shows that more than 90% of current account customers are satisfied.
“Last year we published a series of ideas to help new banks set up and smaller players to grow which we hope will be taken up by regulators and politicians. In addition, there are now even more new and aspiring entrants to the banking market.”Read more
Commenting on the BoE Agents’ Summary of Business Conditions, BBA Chief Economist Richard Woolhouse said:
“From the Agents’ summary we can seea further easing in credit conditions. Medium-sized businesses are benefitting from competition amongst banks and funding conditions available to smaller firms have also eased, which is great news for those looking to borrow and grow. The report says that businesses are also taking advantage of the broader financing with different sorts of lending of offer – from bank finance to alternative forms like crowdfunding and asset finance.
“With nearly eight in ten finance applications approved, we’d encourage business owners to speak to their bank if they’re thinking about borrowing.”Read more
The BBA has announced that Sir Hector Sants and Oliver Wyman have agreed to lead a review into the competitiveness of the UK on behalf of the banking industry.Read more
Responding to the Financial Ombudsman Service Annual Review 2014/15, a BBA spokesman said:
“It’s good to see that overall complaints are falling. Banks are determined that there will be no repeat of any of the bad practices which caused mis-selling in the past and have made appropriate changes. Staff are now rewarded for high levels of customer service and not sales volumes.”Read more
Responding to the Bank of England Bankstats, BBA Chief Economist Richard Woolhouse said:
“Though it’s early days, it is starting to look as though borrowing by businesses is turning a corner. In particular, we can see from these figures that small and medium-sized businesses are taking on more finance which suggests that confidence is up too.
“In terms of mortgage lending, homeowners seem to be taking advantage of competitive pricing with an increase in borrowing each month this year.”Read more
Richard Woolhouse, Chief Economist at the BBA, said:
“We’re starting to see signs that businesses from many sectors are starting to borrow more from their bank. While it’s still too early to predict, these figures and the latest data from the Bank of England suggest that business borrowing has turned a corner.
“Savvy savers appear to be continuing to take advantage of good deals, such as pensioner bonds, which is why we’re seeing weaker bank deposits.”Read more