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NO VACANCIES IN THIS B&B

AdvantagesIt is still kicking, but it is really Abbey

DisadvantagesToo many

"...the current downturn. In fact Bradford and Bingley (B&B) are not even classified as a financial dwelling. They are in fact trading, but are not. Confused? Yes, exactly, let me entertain you further. B&B have an excellent facilitated office environment fit for two men in bowler hats. They treat their clients with utmost of fascination now; B&B staff have inherited a quirky offset wince; since September 2008; confidence is whittled down to a shell and ..." Read review
12.02.2009

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Community Level 7Connoisseu...

Connoisseur_Haggler1

Are Saving accounts fashionable with PLC status

Advantagesstill have some good savings rates, good customer service, easy to open

DisadvantagesPLC??!!, More emphasis on borrowing/mortgages/share dealing as oppossed to savings

"...from the merger of Bradford Equitable and Bingley which were both initially formed in 1851. In more recent times this former building society converted to plc status at the end of last year after members voted in favour of conversion. I joined Bradord & Bingley (B&B) in 1997 when it was a building society by opening a savings account. At the time my prime concern was to find a small bank or building society that would offer me an attractive rate ..." Read review
08.02.2001

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Community Level 5Gardenex

Gardenex

No more bowler hat

Advantagesindependent , friendly staff

Disadvantagesnow a PLC so savings rates likely to drop

"...getting bigger . I think Bradford and Bingley are a small fish in a big sea and will in time get taken over by a bigger rival. For shareholders like me this is great as the shares will go at a premium , but for customers on the high St it ultimately means less choice. The bank has aready altered their image since floatation . The bowler hat has gone, and a new concept the "market place" has been born. This is not a place where you go and buy ..." Read review
26.04.2001

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Community Level 2TallanKhan

TallanKhan

A great option

AdvantagesGreat savings rates, and dividend rates

DisadvantagesNone

"...cant speak highly enough of Bradford and Bingley. I have been a customer there for years, having gone though a range of products inculding savings accounts and fixed term bonds. In all my experience with Banks and Building Societies I have never encountered a business as efficient and professional yet still able to retain the friendly and comfortable atmosphere of a smaller, more personal business. I recently invested in a B&B fixed term bond. ..." Read review
26.10.2007

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Community Level 7ashford

ashford

Good but Not as Good as Before

AdvantagesGood range of accounts. Competitive. Offshore Accounts

DisadvantagesQuality of service declined recently.Not many branches in the South

"...had accounts with the Bradford & Bingley Building Society since 1979 when I obtained my very first mortgage with them and was required to open a savings account. That was in Yorkshire and,of course,there are a lot of branches of B&BBS in that county. I have long since paid off the mortgage but I still have two accounts with this Building Society,one in England and another offshore in the Isle of Man. B&BBS has converted to a bank and I,along with ..." Read review
26.10.2001

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Community Level 3jessiespano

jessiespano

Saving for a rainy day

AdvantagesGreat service,firendly people

Disadvantagesno card system and long queues

"...have had an account at Bradford and Bingley now for 9 years,but never really paid much attention to it until last December when £650 was so kindly injected into it (i am ever grateful to the vote of the shareholders!) After this surge of cash,i decided to get acquainted with my bank as i was going to be spending a lot of time there! However,now its been a year and i feel as if iam constantly in queues in the B&B waiting to draw out quite embarrassing ..." Read review
03.10.2001

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Community Level 1tristan0

Quick review of Bradford & Bingley Building Society

"I recently tried to open an e-saver account with Bradford and Bingley. It was a terrible experience. The opening details were supposed to come in the post: they never arrived. I was sent all sorts of emails demanding that I should put an opening balance into the account or it would be closed, but was unable to do so because of not having an account log-in. The call centre number was never answered. I have now given up and am trying Alliance and Leicester!
29.10.2007

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Community Level 2trojan9

trojan9

windfalls and what to do with them

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"bradford and bingley is being sold off to the dogs, and memebers will get a slice of the action via a windfall - but the question on most people's lips is "what should i do" - do i keep the shares forever, for a while or get rid on day one! Well, like anything else, there is no right or wrong answer - it depends on your timescales, priorities and otehr needs. generally of course shares do well in the long term - but ask yourself this - why should ..." Read review
28.07.2000

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Community Level 1Marcusy333

Quick review of Bradford & Bingley Building Society

"Very poor customer service. On opening a savings on line account it took 5 weeks longer than quoted which cost me loss of interest. When eventually opened erros made.Causes due to 1) failure to respond to communications (3 occassions) 2)Failure to send out promised documents(3 occassions) 3))Lost documents (2 occassions) 4)And when finally opened Failure to act on written instructions casusing funds to be removed which will cause alot of paper work to recover. Generally a company to avoid unless you want a headache.These errors or rather a lack of customer care occurred opening a single account. Significant contravention of the FSA regulations
17.10.2007

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Community Level 1ideal

ideal

very disappointing....

Advantagesnone

Disadvantageslots, as listed

"Lifetime saver with BBBS and my mortgage through them . They must now be the most uncompetitive operator??. Waited oner 12 months, getting savings rates of less than 4% whilst waiting to hear of their windfall rates, which ended up measly. Quickly then moved savings out. Moved house insurance away from mortgage, found it less than half price elsewhere. Then complained about mortgage rate last year. Got 1% disc for 5 years but with redemption penalty ..." Read review
07.10.2000

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Community Level 2Aquila

Aquila

After the float

AdvantagesLook out for good offers from December

DisadvantagesOrganisation busy demutualising

"Bradford and Bingley is dominated by its forthcoming float, which should be in December. Long standing members will get shares to the value of around £700, but its too late for new members to join. This situation rather raises the question as to why anyone should join Bradford and Bingley. There are some good answers. The simplest one is that it is broadly similar to other banks and building societies, and if it happens to be convenient as a High ..." Read review
05.09.2000

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