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Numbers Part Eight: the UK Banking sector

I popped into the British Banker’s Association (BBA) last week and found that they publish a nice long list of statistics about our industry so, in yet another in the numbers series, here’s the low-down on the UK banking sector. 

At the end of 2006, there were:

  • over 325 banks in the UK;
  • 161 UK banks; and
  • 176 branches of foreign banks, representing 60 nationalities.

They  collectively operate:

  • 130 million personal accounts;
  • 10 million mortgages; and
  • 8 million personal loans.

They hold

  • 25% of all European assets; which is over
  • £6.3 trillion of  assets; with
  • £600 billion of foreign exchange passed through London every year.

Over 95% of the UK population has a bank account with

  • £500 billion in total personal deposits; of which
  • £150 billion is withdrawn annually; of which
  • £2.5 billion of cash withdrawals are made each year;
  • from over 30,000  ATMs;
  • representing a total of 7 billion transactions a year.

Banking is the fastest growing business sector in the UK:

  • employing over half a million people;
  • indirectly creating jobs for over 4 million people;
  • contributing £50 billion to the UK  economy;
  • paying £9 billion a year in tax; which represents
  • a quarter of all corporation tax in the UK; and
  • contributing 10% of the UK’s Gross Domestic Product.

large banks donate over £100 million a year to charities and community
initiatives, making them  one of the largest charity donors in the UK.
For example, the top 7 UK charity givers in 2003/04 were:

  1. Glaxo Smith Kline
  2. Royal Bank of Scotland
  3. BP
  4. HSBC
  5. Barclays
  6. Lloyds TSB
  7. Northern Rock

… it just goes to prove why the British media love our banks so much!

About Chris M Skinner

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