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Cheshire Building Society Profile
Cheshire Building Society was founded in 1870.
Unfortunately like some of the banks Cheshire Building Society was forced to merge with Nationwide Building Society as it was anticipated to make losses of over £10 million pounds in the first half of the year.
Building Societies are owned by the members so to get around the thorny issue of the members (owners) voting against the proposed merger of the Cheshire Building Society with the Nationwide they came up with this little known clause (extract below)
In order to ensure the merger is completed as quickly as possible it will be facilitated under sections 42B(3)(b) of the Building Societies Act in relation to The Cheshire and 94(5)(b) in relation to Nationwide. As a result the merger will proceed on the basis of Board resolutions of the Cheshire and Nationwide Boards, rather than by member vote. The Societies’ Boards believe it is in the interests of their members that the merger completes as quickly as possible to avoid a period of prolonged uncertainty.
The announcement of the merger was made on the 8th September 2008 and was completed on 15th December 2008. The merger appears to have been pushed through by the financial services authority and no windfalls were paid to any of the members which is ironic as the finally irony is that the Cheshire board of directors now believe that a merger with no financial windfall for the members is the right thing to do but in 2006 it leaked out that "Cheshire Building Society had turned down a take-over approach that could have resulted in windfall payments of about £650 to members and charities. Portman Building Society, the third largest after Nationwide and Britannia (at the time), made a bid  that potentially valued the Cheshire at up to £300m. Jason Gaunt, the Cheshire marketing director, said  "The offer was unsolicited. We considered the approach and the board's considered view was that it served no useful purpose. It is best for our members to continue as a mutual." 3 years later was Jason Gaunt right?
Nationwide Building Society has said that for the first 2 years it will retain the Cheshire name and will then look at it again.
Head Office
Cheshire Building Society
Castle Street
SK11 6AF
Cheshire has 42 branches

Cheshire Building Society Product Range
Cheshire Building Society offers, mortgages, loanscredit cards and savings accounts including Best Fixed Rate Bonds ISAs Instant Access Savings Accounts Regular Savings Accounts Postal Savings Accounts, Savings Accounts for Charities and Clubs and Nationwide travel insurance. They can also provide car insurance from LV and home insurance on behalf of RSA.

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