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  1. FT Photo Diary

    January 8, 2014

    Archie the passenger

    Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Christine Baker wades through flood water, pulling her dog Archie in a boat, at the Abbey Fields...

  2. December 11, 2013

    Nathan Bostock move stirs Santander UK speculation

    Nathan Bostock’s appointment to the combined role of chief risk officer and deputy chief executive at Santander UK set hares...

  1. FT Photo Diary

    May 22, 2013

    Westminster Abbey's new windows

    Dan Kitwood/Getty Stained glass artist Helen Whittaker of Barley Studio in York puts finishing touches to one of the new...

  2. October 5, 2012

    Parliamentary privilege

    The housing market of Westminster is driven by an unusual combination of history, convenience for those working in the...

  3. April 5, 2012

    Banks offer cheaper mortgages direct

    Homeowners seeking the best mortgage rates are increasingly likely to find them at a local bank or building society branch –...

  4. November 4, 2010

    Friendly advice on branch sales

    One of the first things the new Lloyds Banking Group executive António Horta-Osório will need to do is to sell off several...

  5. October 29, 2010

    Santander seeks cover from pain in Spain

    Santander’s plans to list on the London Stock Exchange next year may not herald a significant change for the UK business,...

  6. August 28, 2010

    Architecture of transformation

    Pound Lane in north London For those for whom “home” generally means a spot on a pavement, an article about homes might seem...

  7. May 7, 2010

    Cost savingsploughed back

    Of all Santander's target performance figures, it is the somewhat technical cost-to-income ratio - a measure of how much the...

  8. April 30, 2010

    Santander boosts market share

    Santander, the Spanish bank, has capitalised on the woes afflicting UK rivals by taking a greater share of the lending and...

  9. April 30, 2010

    Spanish lessons for banks

    Santander, which controls a 20 per cent slice of the UK mortgage lending market through its acquisitions of Abbey and a...

  10. April 29, 2010

    Pay-TV is leaving the scrap over footie rights behind

    If you like watching high-definition close-ups of ugly, exhausted, defeated politicians, then British Sky Broadcasting,...

  11. April 29, 2010

    Santander boosts market share

    Santander, the Spanish bank, has capitalised on the woes afflicting UK rivals by taking a greater share of the lending and...

  12. February 26, 2010

    Tax-free Isas lift interest rates

    The individual savings account (Isa) “season” got under way this week with the launch of market-leading rates of 3.5 per...

  13. February 8, 2010

    Santander eyes IPOs in UK and US in expansion plans

    An initial public offering of Santander's operations in the UK, including the renamed Abbey franchise, is being looked at by...

  14. February 7, 2010

    Santander eyes flotations in the UK and US

    Santander is considering following up the successful flotation of its Brazilian subsidiary last year with initial public...

  15. January 29, 2010

    Top card offer for Santander customers

    What’s the deal? Santander is scrapping its set-up fee on 0 per cent balance transfers to its Zero credit card for...

  16. January 25, 2010

    Brussels approves aid for B&B

    The European Commission has formally approved the state aid provided to Bradford & Bingley when it ran into difficulties at...

  17. January 8, 2010

    Virgin takes on banks as Abbey brand dropped

    The UK banking landscape is set for a shake-up, with Virgin Money yesterday launching a push into mainstream financial...

  18. January 8, 2010

    Lenders launch New Year sales on rates

    Banks and building societies are offering their own “January sale” discounts on mortgage rates, in an attempt to entice new...

  19. November 20, 2009

    Santander offers account without penalties

    Santander, owner of Abbey, has launched a bank account that does not impose any fees - even if the holder exceeds their...

  20. November 19, 2009

    Santander offers fee-free account

    Santander, owner of Abbey, has launched a bank account that does not impose any fees – even if the holder exceeds their...

  21. November 19, 2009

    Santander launches fee free bank account

    Santander, owner of Abbey, has launched a bank account that does not impose any fees – even if the holder exceeds their...

  22. November 2, 2009

    Santander green light for RBS business branches

    Santander will be allowed to bid for Royal Bank of Scotland's 312-strong business-focused branches under competition rules...

  23. November 1, 2009

    Santander can bid for RBS business branches

    Santander will be allowed to bid for Royal Bank of Scotland’s 312-strong business-focused branches under competition rules...

  24. October 29, 2009

    Spain told to scrap corporate tax break

    The European Commission has demanded that a tax break that fuelled a spate of Spanish international mergers and...

  25. October 28, 2009

    Buoyant Abbey lifts share of market

    Abbey, the UK division of Spanish bank Santander, reported a 37 per cent rise in pre-tax profits in the first nine months of...

  26. October 28, 2009

    Spain must scrap corporate tax break

    The European Commission has demanded that a tax break that fuelled a spate of Spanish international mergers and acquisitions...

  27. September 28, 2009

    Hunting enthusiast is always ready to bag vulnerable prey

    Emilio Botín, hunting enthusiast and veteran chairman of Spanish bank Santander, rarely misses an opportunity to expand the...

  28. September 28, 2009

    Vulnerable prey

    Emilio Botín, hunting enthusiast and veteran chairman of Spanish bank Santander, rarely misses an opportunity to expand the...

  29. September 27, 2009

    Vulnerable prey

    Emilio Botín, hunting enthusiast and veteran chairman of Spanish bank Santander, rarely misses an opportunity to expand the...

  30. September 15, 2009

    95% of complaints against Lloyds arm upheld

    A division of Lloyds, the taxpayer-backed bank, wrongly rejected almost all recent customer complaints, according to new...

  31. September 11, 2009

    Deal of the week: Alliance & Leicester savings account

    What’s the deal? Santander, the owner of Abbey, Alliance & Leicester and Bradford & Bingley, is enticing new customers with...

  32. September 11, 2009

    Isa providers compete to attract funds from over-50s

    New cash individual savings accounts (Isas) with rates approaching 5 per cent are flooding the market, as banks and building...

  33. August 24, 2009

    BBVA emerges from Santander’s shadow

    For years, Spanish lender BBVA has lived in the shadow of Santander, the domestic market leader and the eurozone’s biggest...

  34. July 31, 2009

    Unpaid students create £268m “free economy”

    More than 40 per cent of students are giving a £260m boost to the UK economy by providing 6.8m hours of unpaid work...

  35. July 30, 2009

    Santander beats gloom on homes

    Santander, which owns Abbey, said that it had taken one in seven new mortgages in the UK as it reported a 30 per cent...

  36. July 29, 2009

    Santander beats gloom on homes

    Santander, which owns Abbey, said that it had taken one in seven new mortgages in the UK as it reported a 30 per cent...

  37. July 24, 2009

    Bank of China targets UK borrowers

    Borrowers looking for a new mortgage deal can now add Bank of China to their list of potential lenders, as the Chinese...

  38. July 7, 2009

    Slow but inexorable move to cyberspace banking

    The oversupply of Lloyds, Natwest, HSBC and Barclays branches on the high street, not to mention the plethora of building...

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