The Board of Holmesdale Building Society today announces it has agreed on on terms to merge with Skipton, the UK’s fourth largest building society.

Subject to approval by its members and confirmation by the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA), the merger is expected to become effective on in October 2018. Full details of the proposed merger and what it will mean for Holmesdale’s members, together with details as to how Holmesdale’s members can vote on the merger proposal, will be sent to Holmesdale’s members eligible to vote in June 2018.

Skipton has received consent from the PRA to approve the proposed merger by Board resolution. Holmesdale was founded in 1855. It has one branch, on Church Street in Reigate, and employs 26 people. Holmesdale competes in an increasingly tough mortgage market and an operating environment which continues to drive up costs. Following a fundamental review of the current commercial and financial position Holmesdale’s Board has unanimously concluded that it is in the best interests of current and future
members to merge with members to merge with a much stronger building society able to offer more choice and value to members in the long-term.

The two societies share a similar ethos, centred on offering outstanding service to their members and supporting the communities in which they operate. With a commitment to serving local people, Skipton is committing to retaining a branch in Reigate for at least two years from the date of merger, after which it will be subject to the Society’s ongoing branch review process. There will also be no compulsory redundancies among designated branch staff as a result
of the merger. Holmesdale members will be able to transact in any branch of the enlarged Society from the merger date.

Mike Kirsch, Chief Executive of Holmesdale Building Society, said “We firmly believe that this proposed merger is in the best interests of our members. Without the merger we would not be able to continue to provide the same range of products or good value pricing to our members. We believe we can offer enhanced security by merging with a much stronger building society able to offer more choice and value to members in the long-term.”

“A merger with Skipton will result in Holmesdale members having access to Skipton’s large national branch network, its online, post, telephone and financial advice offering, and to a broader range of attractive products and services – from the time when the merger becomes effective.”