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Start-up bank in UK is set for launch

The FSA is understood to be close to approving the launch of the first start-up bank in the UK for a century.

US financial entrepreneur Vernon Hill is planning to open Metro Bank early next year according to reports in the Financial Times.

Hill established Commerce Bank in New Jersey in the 1970s and plans to have two flagship branches of Metro Bank in London.

He is understood to be taking up the role of non-executive chairman at Metro Bank and is one of its largest shareholders.

Financial Services Forum chairman Anthony Thomson will be vice-chairman and is another principal shareholder.

The bank has so far raised £75m to fund the roll-out and it has around 20 private and institutional investors backing it.

The FSA could grant the licence within the next few weeks according to the FT.


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  1. Good.
    About time there was a bit more competition in the banking sector.

  2. 2 branches in central London. Doesn’t sound much like competition. A capital base of £75M won’t go so far. Great headlines though.

  3. Gemma Anderson @ Brands Bank 15th December 2009 at 4:41 pm

    They don’t seem to have their internet presence sorted out yet though, if this is anything to go by.. ?

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