Nationwide’s origins lie in the Provident Union Building Society (Wiltshire, 1846), the Northampton Town & County Freehold Land Society (Northampton 1848), and within the co-operative movement in London (1884). Following numerous mergers – most importantly the merger with Anglia Building Society in 1987 and the Portman Building Society in 2007, Nationwide is the now the world’s largest mutual financial institution, the UK’s third largest mortgage lender, and one of the UK’s largest savings providers. We have a heritage, culture and ethos that remain unique, and of course, built on the solid foundation of mutuality.
Life has changed quite drastically since the late 19th Century, but despite the increasingly complex regulatory environment and the recent financial crises, at Nationwide we have remained solid, stable and dependable – committed to doing the right thing by our members, and faithful to our mutual heritage.
1846: The Provident Union Building Society is founded in Ramsbury, Wiltshire.
1848: The Northampton Town and County Freehold Land Society is founded.
1884: The Southern Co-operative Permanent Building Society opens.
1967: The Northampton Town and County merges with Leicestershire Building
Society to form Anglia Building Society.
1970: The Co-operative Permanent Building Society changes its name to
Nationwide Building Society.
1987: Nationwide merges with Anglia to become Nationwide Anglia, and the FlexAccount is launched – the first full service current account to pay interest.
1991: The brand’s name is shortened to Nationwide.
1997: Nationwide launches the UK’s first retail internet banking service.
2007: Nationwide merges with the Portman Building Society.
2008: Nationwide merges with Derbyshire and Cheshire Building Societies, and acquires the Dunfermline Building Society the following year.
2011: Nationwide launches its ‘On your side’ brand promise.
2012: Nationwide launches its first mobile banking platform and its FlexDirect current account.
2013: Nationwide launches FlexPlus – its first premium packaged current account, and wins the ‘Your Money Award’ 2013 for best online banking provider.
Building Societies that Nationwide have taken over or merged with: