Abbey is the sixth biggest bank and the second largest provider of
mortgages and savings in the UK.
The combination of the heritage and familiarity of the Abbey brand
backed by the experience, expertise and systems of Santander is
driving Abbey's plans to become the best bank in the UK.
It offers a full range of personal financial services both direct
and through intermediaries, to 18 million UK customers and
expatriates. The range of services includes mortgages and savings,
bank accounts, loans and credit cards, long-term investments
including pensions and unit trusts, life, critical illness and
unemployment cover and household insurance. It also provides
offshore banking for expatriates.
Abbey's roots date back to 1849, with the establishment of the
National Freehold Land and Building Society. In 1944, it merged
with the Abbey Road Building Society to form Abbey National. In
July 1989, it was the first building society to convert to plc
status and to be floated on the London Stock Exchange.
On 12 November 2004, Banco Santander Central Hispano, SA (Banco
Santander) acquired Abbey. Banco Santander is Spain's largest
financial group one of the ten leading financial groups in the
world. It has a presence in 40 countries, with 126,000 employees
serving more than 63 million customers through a network of 10,000
branches. It is the largest financial services group in Latin
America, and has the third largest consumer finance business in
Europe. The bank focuses on retail banking, which makes up 85% of
revenues, but also offers a wide range of financial services.
Abbey is the second largest provider of mortgages and savings in
Abbey's main offices are in London, Milton Keynes, Bradford,
Glasgow and Belfast. For main office addresses, please follow the
link on the right.
We have more than 20,000 people (full-time equivalent) as of 1
Accounts and Services
Personal financial accounts and services offered by Abbey include:
general insurance (buildings and contents)
critical illness, accident and unemployment insurance
There are 741 Abbey branches in our UK branch network.
We have approximately 2,500 ATMs.
Some of Abbey's Brands
Abbey for Intermediaries
Abbey Financial Markets
Scottish Provident International
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