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FSA gives planned Skipton and Chesham merger the green light

The proposed merger between the Skipton and Chesham building societies has been given the go-ahead by the FSA.

17 May 2010

The Financial Services Authority (FSA) has given its approval to negotiations for a merger between the Chesham Building Society and the Skipton Building Society.

Just last year, the City regulator gave the green-light to Skipton's proposed merger with the Scarborough Building Society as the latter continued to suffer on the back of the global economic crisis.

Now, with four in five of Chesham's borrowers and savers having expressed their support of the move at the negotiations held at the building society's recent Annual General Meeting, the FSA has given its official approval to the possible merger.

It is anticipated that the deal will be finalised at the start of June, with the Yorkshire building society planning to keep the branches of its smaller counterpart open for the next 12 months before launching a review into branding and high-street operations.

Skipton recently announced the launch of its new 95 per cent mortgage, prompting some observers to note the levels of confidence returning to the UK property market.

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