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

Manifestos show parties thinking creatively to tackle housing crisis

25 May 2017

Mortgage Matters:
With the General Election in full swing, it has been good to see not just that housing has been a key area of all the main political parties' manifestos, but that they have all been thinking creatively about how to tackle the problem.

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The times they are a changing: Andrew Sentance and Dick Jenkins talk Brexit and Bob Dylan

17 May 2017

Former university bandmates ex-MPC member Andrew Sentance and current BSA Chairman Dick Jenkins reunited on stage for the opening session of the BSA Annual Conference in London. They resisted breaking into song, and instead Dick invited Andrew to give his views on the outlook for the economy as the Brexit process takes place.

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Guest blog: The changing rules on persistent debt – what should firms be thinking about?

17 May 2017

Associate Knowledge: Guest blog from Huntswood

There are over 30 million card holders in the UK. Credit card consumers owe £61.2 billion, 2 million consumers have persistent high levels of debt and 1.6 million make systematic minimum repayments...

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What lies ahead for UK business?

08 May 2017

A number of speakers at the Building Societies Annual Conference had referred to building societies having an important social role that went beyond merely providing services to consumers.

Carolyn Fairbairn, the Director-General of business body the CBI, expanded on this theme to stress the need for businesses to lead the way in defining the UK’s future in the face of current uncertainties.

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Applying Continuous Improvement to a UK building society

28 April 2017

Streamlining systems and process to make them as efficient and effective as possible has long been a priority for any firm producing goods in a factory.

As a result, over the last 100 years’ production philosophies like Continuous Improvement (CI), 6 Sigma and Lean Production (to name but a few), have all become common terms in manufacturing.

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The forces driving innovation in financial services

27 April 2017

A guest blog by Neil Tomlinson, Head of Banking, Deloitte UK. This article was originally published in Society Matters, the BSA's quarterly magazine.

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Guest blog: Aggregation authority - Supreme Court confirmation of correct approach

25 April 2017

Associate Knowledge: Guest blog from Walker Morris

Overturning the Court of Appeal’s 2016 decision, the Supreme Court has now confirmed the correct interpretation of the Law Society’s aggregation clause for professional indemnity insurance purposes.

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Can Proptech and Fintech save ‘generation rent’?

20 April 2017

Guest blog by Jessica Ellerm, Fintech blogger. Jessica explores the idea of partnerships between Fintech firms and financial services to help tackle the issue of housing affordability.

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How are building societies harnessing Fintech?

19 April 2017

As wider society’s demand for instant convenience increases, the building society sector is responding by harnessing Fintech to benefit their members. Here's just some of the ways in which Fintech is being implemented across the sector.
 

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Guest blog: Spotlight on Risk

18 April 2017

Associate Knowledge: Guest blog from The Miles Partnership.

 

We have seen the risk landscape and the role of the Chief Risk Officer (CRO) develop substantially in recent years. The risk function has become business critical and the corporate governance changes have raised the CRO profile.

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Creating distinct propositions through customer-centricity and service design

18 April 2017

A guest blog by Peter Neufeld, Partner, EMEIA Financial Services Lead, EY-Seren.
 

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Adapting mortgage loan price optimisation to building societies

10 April 2017

A guest blog by Neil Jennings, Senior Consultant at FICO. This blog was originally published in Society Matters, the BSA's quarterly magazine. Read the full magazine or sign up to receive Society Matters.

 

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