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Northern Rock losses narrow

Northern Rock losses narrow

Nationalised lender Northern Rock Plc has today unveiled its results for the half-year. The crisis-torn bank, which was the first victim of the credit crunch, said pre-tax profits for the six months to 30 June totalled £68.5 million, against a loss of £142.6 million in the same period a year ago. However, lending was lower […]

August 3, 2011 More
Mansion House Speech – ring-fencing, Northern Rock sale and inflation

Mansion House Speech – ring-fencing, Northern Rock sale and inflation

At last night’s annual Mansion House speech, Chancellor George Osborne received some support for his suggestion to ring-fence banks’ retail operations so they are protected from losses from investment banking. After the speech, Barclays Chief Executive Bob Diamond said: “Retail ring-fencing would not be our first option, but we can see ways it would work, […]

June 16, 2011 More
Chancellor to announce Northern Rock sale

Chancellor to announce Northern Rock sale

In his Mansion House speech later this evening, Chancellor George Osborne is to announce plans to sell off state-owned Northern Rock. The crisis-torn bank, which collapsed on the eve of the credit crisis, is expected to be auctioned off and will raise around £1 billion. The Chancellor will say he hopes to find a buyer […]

June 15, 2011 More
Chancellor to show support for retail banks to be ring-fenced

Chancellor to show support for retail banks to be ring-fenced

In his Mansion House speech this evening, Chancellor George Osborne is expected to confirm that banks will have to ring-fence their retail operations so they are protected from losses from investment banking. The Chancellor is also expected to suggest that banks will have to hold more capital – a recommendation of the Independent Commission on […]

Northern Rock to axe 680 jobs

Northern Rock to axe 680 jobs

Crisis-torn Northern Rock has today announced it will reduce headcount by a further 680 as part of another restructure. According to the lender, which was nationalised in February 2008, the job losses are necessary as part of a cost-cutting exercise and would affect employees “at all grades across the company”. Less than 2,000 people will […]

March 28, 2011 More
Northern Rock reports £232m loss

Northern Rock reports £232m loss

Crisis-torn Northern Rock has today unveiled an underlying loss of £232.4 million for the 2010 year for its so-called “good“ bank. Despite the loss, the Newcastle-based bank will pay more than £13 million in bonuses to its 4,000-strong workforce. The bonus comes despite executive chairman Ron Sandler describing the losses as “disappointing”. He comments: “2010 […]

March 9, 2011 More
Northern Rock to launch 90% LTV mortgage range

Northern Rock to launch 90% LTV mortgage range

Crisis-torn lender, Northern Rock, is understood to be launching a series of mortgage products which require just a 10% deposit (90% loan-to-value). The announcement, revealed by the Financial Times, comes as mortgage lending continues to remain subdued as first-time buyers, in particular, struggle to obtain a mortgage unless they have a substantial deposit. Since the […]

February 28, 2011 More
More than 2m using plastic to pay mortgage/rent

More than 2m using plastic to pay mortgage/rent

A report from the homeless charity, Shelter, has revealed that in the last year, 2.6 million Britons have paid their mortgage or rent on their credit card. The figure represents a rise of 50% on the previous year and reveals the extraordinary lengths some are going to in order to keep a roof over their […]

January 6, 2011 More
Northern Rock’s Gary Hoffman to join NBNK

Northern Rock’s Gary Hoffman to join NBNK

The chief executive of nationalised Northern Rock is leaving the crisis-torn bank to join NBNK. According to reports today, Gary Hoffman will assume the chief executive’s role at NBNK – the banking institution set up by two City financial-sector heavyweights. NBNK is set to build a significant presence in the UK and is now trading […]

November 4, 2010 More
Thousands of financial sector jobs lost since Rock crisis

Thousands of financial sector jobs lost since Rock crisis

A report has revealed around 100,000 finance jobs have been lost since the onset of the credit crisis three years ago. On the third anniversary of the run on Northern Rock, there have been significant job losses within the sector. The Unite union said that little had changed to improve the regulatory regime in order […]

September 14, 2010 More
FSA fines Rock’s former finance director

FSA fines Rock’s former finance director

The Financial Services Authority (FSA) has fined David Jones, Northern Rock’s former finance director, for the misreporting of mortgage arrears at the bank. The Watchdog has fined Mr Jones £320,000 and banned him from performing any function in relation to any regulated activity. The fine comes after former deputy chief executive, David Baker, and former […]

July 27, 2010 More
Northern Rock’s Guernsey operation to close in September

Northern Rock’s Guernsey operation to close in September

Nationalised Northern Rock has today announced it is to close its banking operation in Guernsey on 2 September. The closure of Guernsey‘s activities, which come after a review of offshore operations, is the latest step in the bank’s turnaround plan. Its Guernsey operation was launched in February 1996 and it currently has some 6,000 customers, […]

June 2, 2010 More
Northern Rock savers lose 100% guarantee

Northern Rock savers lose 100% guarantee

Savers with Northern Rock have today lost the 100% guarantee on their cash. The move, which was announced back in February, means the crisis-torn bank is back in line with its rivals but savers will still benefit from the £50,000 guarantee to all savers under the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS). The 100% guarantee was […]

May 24, 2010 More
‘Bad banks’ of Rock and B&B to merge

‘Bad banks’ of Rock and B&B to merge

It has been announced today the ‘bad banks‘ of Northern Rock (NRAM) and Bradford and Bingley (B&B) are set to merge. The move is designed to cut costs and bring greater returns for the taxpayer. The UK Financial Investments (UKFI), the body which was set up at the height of the financial crisis to oversee […]

March 24, 2010 More
Northern Rock sees losses narrow

Northern Rock sees losses narrow

State-owned bank Northern Rock has today announced losses for the 2009 year fell to £258 million, compared with £1.36 billion in the previous year. Despite the loss, the Newcastle-based bank said it is awarding staff £14.9m in bonuses but Gary Hoffman, the chief executive of Northern Rock, is waiving his payout. Northern Rock said Mr […]

March 10, 2010 More
Northern Rock savers to lose 100% guarantee

Northern Rock savers to lose 100% guarantee

The Treasury has today announced savers with Northern Rock will lose the Government’s 100% guarantee on 24 May. The move means the crisis-torn bank is back in line with its rivals but savers will still benefit from the £50,000 guarantee to all savers under the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS). The 100% guarantee was put […]

February 24, 2010 More
Newcastle Utd signs 4-year deal with Northern Rock

Newcastle Utd signs 4-year deal with Northern Rock

Northern Rock, which was recently split into two divisions, is to continue its sponsorship of Newcastle United Football Club after signing a new four-year deal valued at between £1.5 million and £10 million. Rock has been the football club’s shirt sponsor since 2004 and the new deal will run from season 2010/11 to 2014. However, […]

January 18, 2010 More
Richard Pym to chair Northern Rock ‘bad bank’

Richard Pym to chair Northern Rock ‘bad bank’

Richard Pym, the chairman who was appointed to stabilise Bradford & Bingley last year, is to oversee Northern Rock’s ‘bad bank’ operations. It was announced earlier this month that nationalised Northern Rock would be split into two, after receiving the necessary approval from the European Union (EU). New Years Day is the date that has […]

December 15, 2009 More
Date set for Northern Rock split

Date set for Northern Rock split

It was recently confirmed that crisis-torn Northern Rock would be split into two, after receiving the necessary approval from the European Union (EU). 1 January 2010 is the date that has been agreed for the Rock to be split into two divisions – a “good bank” of profitable assets and “bad bank” of toxic debts. The […]

December 8, 2009 More
Northern Rock sees improvement prior to split

Northern Rock sees improvement prior to split

Crisis-torn Northern Rock, which is due to be split after receiving approval from the European Union, provided an upbeat statement after it said that in the three months to the end of September, losses from bad loans being written off had lowered, its costs remained under control and net income had risen. Northern Rock collapsed […]

November 4, 2009 More