Provident Financial has announced the appointment of Neil Chandler as Managing Director of Vanquis Bank. Chandler will join the Vanquis Bank board and will start as Managing Director on the 15th April 2019, subject to regulatory approvals. Chandler was until recently the Chief Executive Officer, Shop Direct Financial Services and a member of the Shop Direct…

​The second phase of a new access model for non-bank payment service providers (PSPs) has recently gone live. The new model allows non-bank PSPs to utilise client funds to support payments made via the Faster Payments system. Bacs is due to go live with this model later this year. The first phase previously went live…

Research carried out by financial advice website Moneycomms.co.uk and supported by credit experts TotallyMoney has revealed that credit card cash withdrawals cost UK consumers £219 million in fees and interest last year. In the 12-month period, there were more than 36 million credit card cash transactions. The average amount withdrawn or spent was £125. Every time a…

The UK’s wealthy high net-worth individuals (HNW) individuals are struggling to secure credit from high street banks, new research from Butterfield Mortgages has revealed. Butterfield Mortgages has commissioned an independent survey among more than 500 high net-worth individuals to uncover the difficulties they face when applying for credit. It found: A ninth (12%) of the HNWs…

Payment specialist FIS Global and Worldpay, a global leader in eCommerce and payments, has announced that they have entered into a definitive merger agreement. In a media statement. the new group said that this combination greatly expands FIS’ capabilities by enhancing its acquiring and payment offerings and significantly increases Worldpay’s distribution footprint, accelerating its entry…

Contactless transactions have risen 31 percent year-on-year in 2018, to latest data from banking trade body UK Finance. The current payment limit with a contactless card is £30, more than which a Pin must be used. But an increase in usage throughout 2018 is expected to lead to an increase in that maximum, although those…

New research from Experian has identified 5.8 million people in the UK who are virtually invisible to the credit economy because there is little or no information available on their financial track record. In the absence of sufficient information to make a decision, these Invisibles can either be excluded from mainstream financial services or be…

Equiniti Credit Services, a consumer credit technology and outsourced service provider, has announced the publication of its latest annual research report. A three part harmony: how regulation, data and CX are evolving consumer attitudes to credit explores the key trends impacting consumer attitudes to unsecured lending, including open banking, customer centricity, and flexibility. The sixth…

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has announced the final rules on the Directory – a new public register that enables consumers, firms and other stakeholders to find information on key individuals working in financial services. Publishing this information on a regular basis will empower customers to make sure they only deal with individuals whom an…

New figures released by the Finance & Leasing Association (FLA) show consumer finance new business in January was at a similar level to the same month in 2018. Credit card and personal loan new business together fell in January by 3% compared with the same month in 2018, while retail store and online credit new…

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