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Awards and achievements

Awards and achievements

As the world's largest building society, we're proud of what we have achieved in the UK financial services sector. Here's a selection of awards and achievements that reinforce our message that at Nationwide, we're on your side.

Recent awards and recognition

Nationwide crowned Which? Banking Brand of the Year 2017

Peter Vicary-Smith, Which? Chief Executive, said: "The Which? Awards winners list honours the commitment of those businesses that strive to meet the expectations of consumers and go above and beyond to respond to their needs.”

Nationwide named in top 50 employers for women list

April 2016 - Nationwide has been named as a leader on workplace gender equality by being included in The Times Top 50 Employers for Women 2016

Nationwide named as one of the UK’s top three best big companies to work for

February 2016 - Nationwide is the UK’s third best big company to work for according to the Best Companies’ workplace independent survey.

Nationwide named Mortgage and Savings provider of the year

January 2016 - Nationwide won "High Street Mortgage Provider of the year" and "High Street Savings Provider of the Year" at the Consumer Moneyfacts awards 2016.

Nationwide wins Best Loyalty Rewards for Existing Customers

January 2016 - Nationwide won "Best Loyalty Rewards for Existing Customers" at the 2016 Moneynet Awards

Nationwide wins 3 awards at Your Money Awards 2015

July 2015 - Nationwide named “Best Online Current Account Provider”, “Best Online Credit Card Provider” and “Best Overall Online Provider” in the Your Money Awards 2015.

Selected achievements through the years

2010 onwards

2010 onwards

  • 2015 - We become the First High Street Financial Services Provider in the UK to release a Banking App for Apple Watch
  • 2014 - We were the first UK financial services provider to bring real-time balance access to Android Wear smartwatches
  • 2013 - We were the first financial services provider to launch this digital wallet in the UK, which aims to provide a better online shopping experience
  • 2013 - We celebrated our 20th year in partnership with MacMillan Cancer Support. We have raised over £6 million in that time
  • 2013 - Our Homebuyer app is launched to help with buying and selling your home
  • 2012 - Our Mobile Banking app is launched exclusively for our Internet Banking customers
  • 2010 and 2011 - Nationwide was named as one of the world's top 50 safest financial institutions by Global Finance magazine


2000 - 2009

  • 2009 - Nationwide was named as one of the world's top 50 safest financial institutions by Global Finance magazine
  • 2009 - We expanded our savings operation into the Republic of Ireland with the opening of Nationwide UK (Ireland) headquartered in Dublin
  • 2009 - We acquired selected assets and liabilities of The Dunfermline Building Society
  • 2008 - Mergers with The Derbyshire and The Cheshire Building Societies are completed
  • 2007 - Our merger with Portman Building Society created a society with over 14 million members
  • 2005 - We introduced a monthly income account for older people and over 55s life cover
  • 2004 - We confirmed our commitment to UK Call Centres
  • 2002 - Our Takeaway Remortgage was launched
  • 2001 - We launched the UK's first internet banking service available through a TV and set top box
  • 2000 - We launched our e-Savings product

Pre 2000

Pre 2000

  • 1999 - We fought and won a battle against Barclays and their plans to charge customers of rivals £1 for using its ATM machines
  • 1997 - We were first to introduce a retail internet banking service in the UK
  • 1997 - Nationwide became the world's largest building society - a position it still holds today
  • 1995 - We became the first building society to launch PC home banking
  • 1995 - We became one of the first financial organisations to have a site on the Internet
  • 1991 - We launched the Visa Delta debit card
  • 1987 - We changed the face of retail banking when we introduced our award winning FlexAccount

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