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

Interview: Paul Ellis celebrates 25 years at Ecology

18 December 2017

Originally published in Society Matters magazine

2017 marks Paul Ellis’ 25th year at the Ecology – and his 22nd as Chief Executive. Here we learn a little more about Paul’s experiences in the sector and Ecology’s story and focus.

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Guest blog: GDPR - are you ready?

18 December 2017

Originally published in Society Matters magazine
By Paragon Customer Communications

When the new GDPR comes in, amongst many other responsibilities, companies will have a duty to ensure they have proper consent to communicate marketing messages to their customers...

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Putting building into Building Society

01 December 2017

UK’s largest building society, Nationwide,is backing a multi-million pound housing regeneration project in Swindon with the mix, design, tenure and number of homes to be shaped by views of local residents.

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Mortgage Finance Gazette Awards 2018: Building Societies lead the way

29 November 2017

The industry gathered in London on 14 November to find out who had won the Mortgage Finance Gazette Awards. Building societies performed extraordinarily well and won 14 of the 16 awards they were nominated for, including the coveted Leadership and Lifetime Achievement Awards.

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Guest blog: Reduce the impact of your defined benefit pension scheme on your PRA stress testing figures

03 November 2017

Associate Knowledge: Guest blog from The TPT Retirement Solutions

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Housing diary part two: The Netherlands' approach to innovative housing

26 October 2017

Missed part one of the diary? You can read it here.

We started bright an early and I was very much looking forward to meeting Jacqueline Tellinger, an individual key to the development of Almere. Jacqueline talked about the housing challenges they faced in the Netherlands: an ageing population and first time buyers struggling to take their first steps onto the housing ladder. It sounded all too familiar and very similar to the challenges in the UK.

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Housing diary: Can innovative housing work in the UK like it does in the Netherlands?

26 October 2017

The BSA is continuously looking into ways to help solve the housing crisis. One way we explored in our 2016 report is incorporating modern methods of construction (MMC) to the UK’s building repertoire to provide the homes we so desperately need. These build methods have been popular in Almere, near Amsterdam in the Netherlands since the 1970s, which is why Paul Broadhead and myself led a delegation of BSA members and associates to visit there recently.

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The accountability regime – let’s get on with it!

26 October 2017

The strengthening accountability in banking exercise began with an investigation by the Parliamentary Commission on Banking Standards, following the financial crisis of 2008...

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Learning to ‘walk the talk’: My first 100 days as CEO

20 October 2017

Principality is Wales’s largest building society and the sixth largest building society in the UK. Steve Hughes was appointed CEO in March of this year having had a varied career in senior finance roles across multiple sectors. Here, we gain some insight into how he approached his first 100 days in his new role.

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Newcastle Building Society's innovative branch celebrates first year anniversary

28 September 2017

Published as part of BSA's monthly Newsbite newsletter.

When a local library was under threat of closure, Newcastle Building Society saw the perfect opportunity to innovatively extend its branch network – it has now celebrated its 1st birthday!

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Proportionality in banking regulation: is Germany's “small banking box” proposal the answer?

28 September 2017

The thought-leader on this subject, Dr Andreas Dombret, an executive director of the Bundesbank, has spoken publicly about this issue several times over the last year and a half. Read his latest speech : “ On the road to greater regulatory proportionality”

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The FCA focuses on the ageing population

28 September 2017

The FCA has called on the financial services industry to do more to respond to the needs of an ageing population, finding that product and advice gaps exist in the current landscape. The Occasional Paper (OP) 'Financial Services and an Ageing Population' highlights good practice and discusses difficult issues without reaching many firm conclusions.

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