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    1. March 24, 2016

      Fund houses favour the challenger banks

      Challenger banks are becoming increasingly popular with fund houses, who are increasing their exposure to listed...

    2. March 3, 2016

      First-time buyers: Make the most of Help to Buy Isas

      In the age of austerity, a government offer of “free money” to Isa savers seems not only implausible but somewhat...

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    1. March 2, 2016

      Virgin Money: betting the house

      The phrase “safe as houses” may not be literally true — as property busts often show — but houses are the most solid...

    2. March 2, 2016

      Virgin Money targets high street as mortgages drive profit surge

      Virgin Money has revealed it is preparing to launch a current account — putting it in competition with the high street...

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      March 2, 2016

      Virgin Money leaps 9.5% as profits soar

      Shares in Virgin Money have jumped as much as 9.5 per cent this morning after the UK challenger bank’s pre-tax profit...

    4. February 29, 2016

      Watchdog deals blow to bank challengers by backing tax on sector

      Challenger banks have been dealt a blow after the UK competition watchdog revealed it was backing George Osborne’s new...

    5. February 14, 2016

      Online P2P lenders eye high street move

      Online peer-to-peer lenders are eyeing moves into physical bricks and mortar as the industry seeks to broaden its...

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      January 12, 2016

      Virgin Money snags new CFO from Tesco Bank

      The UK’s challenger banks are nabbing each other’s execs just like the heavier hitters these days, it seems. Virgin...

    7. November 19, 2015

      Virgin Money slips on clampdown worries

      Fears of a clampdown on risky lending put challenger banks such as Virgin Money under pressure on Thursday. Merrill...

    8. November 4, 2015

      UK challenger banks target business loans

      First they took on the mortgage market. Now they are going after business loans. Challenger lenders are poised to enter...

    9. October 18, 2015

      Challenger bank chiefs urge break-up of high street ‘cartel’

      The heads of the UK’s challenger banks are urging the competition watchdog to break the “cartel” of the big high-street...

    10. October 11, 2015

      Get rich quick with UK challenger banks

      The new breed of so-called challenger banks that contest the big, established lenders in the UK banking market can be...

    11. October 7, 2015

      Tesco Bank: value challenge

      Combining a bank with a grocer is not, it turns out, an entirely bad idea. Take Tesco Bank as an example. It says its...

    12. September 11, 2015

      Treasury deaf to UK challenger banks’ pleas on tax surcharge

      Ten of Britain’s smaller banks pleaded with officials for a break from a new “supertax” on the sector on Friday but...

    13. September 9, 2015

      Biggest UK banks drop down customer satisfaction league

      Thousands of bank customers believe the UK’s biggest lenders are failing to improve services. Royal Bank of Scotland,...

    14. August 28, 2015

      Virgin Money chief Jayne-Anne Gadhia targets banks’ ‘oligopoly’

      It was a symbolic moment in British banking. At the City’s annual Mansion House dinner in June, George Osborne singled...

    15. August 21, 2015

      UK challenger banks: en garde!

      How challenging can UK challenger banks really be? Lending conditions are benign, yet government calls to shake up a...

    16. July 28, 2015

      Virgin Money boosted by strong mortgage growth

      Shares in Virgin Money surged on Tuesday after the bank reported a 37 per cent increase in pre-tax profits, but the...

    17. July 25, 2015

      UK lenders sign up for first-time buyer Isa

      Six of the UK’s largest lenders have signed up for the government’s latest scheme to subsidise home ownership,...

    18. July 8, 2015

      Smaller banks hit by Budget double blow

      Challenger banks such as Virgin Money were the sharpest fallers on Wednesday after the UK Budget dealt them a double...

    19. June 9, 2015

      Never mind the balance . . . here’s the new Virgin credit card

      Virgin Money has launched a range of Sex Pistols-themed credit cards, in a publicity stunt designed to put two fingers...

    20. June 7, 2015

      Challenger banks need helping hand to take on UK’s Big Five

      It is one of the paradoxes of the financial crisis. A cataclysm that showed the perils of “too big to fail” banks led...

    21. June 5, 2015

      City Insider: Truell’s friends sit on Tungsten paper losses

      Edi Truell: Expensive friendship Friendship and money mix like oil and water. So said reluctant mafia man Michael...

    22. May 28, 2015

      Branding offers staff a higher purpose

      As they cruise the travelators and walk the terminals, passengers at London’s Heathrow airport will notice that, along...

    23. May 1, 2015

      Virgin Money boosts mortgage lending to £1.6bn

      Virgin Money increased its gross mortgage lending by a third to £1.6bn in the first quarter of 2015 year-on-year with...

    24. April 24, 2015

      Pearson confirms departure of chairman Glen Moreno

      Pearson has confirmed the departure of its chairman Glen Moreno within the next year and its expectations for its...

    25. April 14, 2015

      Billionaire Wilbur Ross sells down Virgin Money stake

      Two backers of Virgin Money are aiming to sell a stake of at least $277m (£187m) after shares in the challenger bank...

    26. March 15, 2015

      No need for too much haste in efforts to boost funding for SMEs

      Entrepreneurs and small business owners would be dancing in the streets if they believed that last week’s...

    27. March 13, 2015

      Cheapest mortgages withdrawn as swap rates rise

      Interest rates on fixed-rate mortgages have reached a “natural low point” after months of price cuts and a recent rise...

    28. March 5, 2015

      Virgin Money doubles profit on mortgage growth

      Virgin Money, the challenger bank, has more than doubled annual profits on the back of strong mortgage sales and is set...

    29. March 3, 2015

      Challenger bank Aldermore sets £660m valuation with IPO range

      Challenger bank Aldermore is eyeing a valuation of up to £660m when it lists on the stock exchange next week ahead of...

    30. March 1, 2015

      Tullow faces blue-chip relegation

      Tullow Oil is set to fall out of the FTSE 100 when the quarterly changes to the blue-chip index are revealed this week....

    31. February 20, 2015

      More reasons not to buy bank shares

      Aldermore is one of the so-called “challenger banks” snapping at the heels of the rhinoceri of the high street. Judging...

    32. February 15, 2015

      Challenger banks Aldermore and Shawbrook race to list in London

      Challenger banks Aldermore and Shawbrook are locked in a race to list on the stock exchange in the next few weeks to...

    33. February 6, 2015

      More rates cut but remortgaging is flat

      Barclays has slashed interest rates on its fixed-rate mortgages following a flurry of rate cuts among mortgage lenders....

    34. February 2, 2015

      Free banking model stifles UK competition, warns Virgin Money

      Britain’s free in-credit banking model is stifling competition and needs to change, Virgin Money said on Monday as it...

    35. December 7, 2014

      PayPal poses bigger threat to UK lenders than ‘challenger’ banks

      The UK’s biggest high street lenders face a greater threat of losing customers to PayPal than to new “challenger” banks...

    36. December 2, 2014

      Should you accept UK government’s Pibs tender offer?

      UK Asset Resolution is offering to buy out holders of three “perpetual subordinated bonds” issued by failed banks...

    37. November 13, 2014

      Branson makes £70m as Virgin Money floats

      The UK Treasury and Sir Richard Branson were two of the biggest beneficiaries from Virgin Money’s £1.25bn flotation on...

    38. November 13, 2014

      Challenger banks will wind up feeling challenged themselves

      Former boxer Terry Malloy claimed he “coulda binna contender” in the gritty movie On The Waterfront. Ex-contender...

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