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Guest blog: Banks can help building societies to embrace the benefits of the new cheque clearing model

26 February 2019

The traditional cheque has enjoyed an illustrious history since its inception in the late 17th century. Whilst volumes have steadily fallen during the 21st century, the cheque is far from dead, and in fact, just fifteen months ago, this resilient payment instrument perhaps underwent its most significant revamp to date, as the first phase of the highly anticipated Image Clearing System (ICS) came into effect.

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Economic abuse: Government bill and code of practice will help support victims

06 February 2019

Ten years ago as a newly arrived member of the BSA team I wrote my first BSA article for public consumption. The subject was financial abuse.

Sadly, I did still expect to be writing about financial abuse ten years later – or “Economic abuse” to use its new name. However, writing in 2019, it is pleasing to report some significant progress in tackling abuse and supporting abuse victims.

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An evening of celebration for BSA MSc graduates

31 January 2019

Following on from their graduation event late last year, the first cohort of the BSA MSc Leadership & Management programme enjoyed a second evening of celebration, this time in central London.

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 150 years of the BSA

31 January 2019

A little history, and the plans for the year ahead as we celebrate the BSA's 150th 'birthday'.

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YBS student graduates with unique CertBALM qualification

30 January 2019

In an evening of celebration, Michael Kozlowski, Balance Sheet Strategist at Yorkshire Building Society was awarded with the coveted CertBALM qualification as well as the award for Outstanding Academic Achievement.

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British Bank Awards 2019: Building societies shortlisted across the board

30 January 2019

Earlier this month the 2019 British Bank Awards finalists were revealed. Building societies are recognised across all relevant awards, in a lineup that compared more than 160 financial firms in 25 categories.

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Building societies remain top for customer service

30 January 2019

Independent research carried out by YouGov between 11- 14 January 2019 shows that building society members receive better service compared to customers of banks and other providers.

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HMRC powers to tackle tax avoidance and evasion undermine rule of law

19 December 2018

Taxpayers are not being treated fairly a House of Lords committee has concluded.   HMRC Powers: Treating Taxpayers Fairly says that recent powers provided to HMRC undermine the rule of law and hinder taxpayers' access to justice.  The Economic Affairs Committee calls for the oversight of HMRC and its powers to be reviewed.

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First cohort of BSA/ Loughborough MSc programme graduate

19 December 2018

Monday 17 December was a day of massive pride and celebration as the first cohort of students on the BSA/Loughborough University MSc programme graduated after three years of study. 

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Bank research finds building societies charge lower mortgage rates

26 November 2018

A new research paper from the Bank of England finds that building societies charged lower mortgage rates than banks and specialist lenders, indicating ownership type can have an important effect on outcomes in the mortgage market.

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Mortgage Finance Gazette Awards 2019: Building societies steal the show

21 November 2018

Building societies stole the show at the Mortgage Finance Gazette Awards 2019: eight took home awards whilst fourteen Societies achieved highly commended status.

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Guest blog: Using data and marketing technology to deliver transformed communications

15 November 2018

Associate Knowledge:

BSA Associate, Paragon Customer Communications, notes the importance of technology when communicating.

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