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Our Society at a glance. Key facts and figures to show what we’re made of.

Our Society

Yorkshire Building Society, in numbers**

Our Society, in numbers Our Society, in numbers

** Correct as at 31 July 2016

Our History

A visual timeline


  • 1864

    Huddersfield Equitable Permanent Benefit Building Society is established by three gentlemen who meet each morning from 5am to 8am in a single room in Huddersfield. Early directors of the Society include a dentist, a shoemaker and a plumber. At the end of the first year there were six borrowers and assets of £4,044 13s 5d.

  • 1885

    Bradford Self Help Permanent Building Society is established in St. George's Hall Coffee Tavern. At the end of the first year there were 43 members and assets of £185,000. During its first four years of business the Bradford Permanent opens for just an hour and a half, once a week



  • 1975

    The Huddersfield and Bradford Building Societies merge in the largest marriage of two societies to date.

  • 1980

    Yorkshire Building Society created its first subsidiary with the formation of employee share plan provider YBS Shareplans.

  • 1982

    The Huddersfield & Bradford and West Yorkshire Building Societies merge - the Yorkshire Building Society is born!

    Yorkshire Building Society
  • 1992

    Yorkshire Building Society merges with the Haywards Heath Building Society.


  • 2001

    Yorkshire Building Society merged with Gainsborough Building Society.

  • 2003

    Yorkshire Building Society launched its intermediary-only lending subsidiary Accord Mortgages.

    Accord Mortgages
  • 2008

    The Yorkshire merges with Barnsley Building Society (with 60,000 members and assets £368m).

    Barnsley Building Society
  • 2010

    The Yorkshire merges with Chelsea Building Society with combined assets of over £30bn, 2.8m members and a network of 178 branches.

    Chelsea Building Society
  • 2011

    The Yorkshire acquires Egg mortgage and savings book, and the Egg brand and merges with the Norwich & Peterborough Building Society.

  • 2016

    The Barnsley Building Society brand is retired and the Chelsea Building Society brand becomes online and telephone only. Most branches under these brands are rebranded to Yorkshire Building Society.

    Yorkshire Building Society

Key facts

  • The Society’s vision is ‘to be the most trusted provider of financial services in the UK’.
  • Yorkshire Building Society includes the Chelsea Building Society and Norwich & Peterborough Building Society brands, YBS Share Plans and its subsidiary companies including Accord Mortgages.
  • Yorkshire Building Society has four main office locations in Bradford, Leeds, Peterborough and Cheltenham.
  • The Society has an award-winning history with accolades in the trophy cabinet including ‘Business of the Year’ – Third Sector Business Awards, 2016, ‘Best Building Society Mortgage Provider – Moneyfacts Awards 2015, ‘High Street Mortgage Provider’ – Consumer Moneyfacts Awards 2014, and ‘Most Trusted Financial Services Provider’ – Moneywise Awards, 2013.
  • We have a panel of 8,500 members who help us review our products and services to make sure the needs of our customers are at the heart of everything we do.
  • Every year colleagues have 31 hours paid leave to get involved in community activities. In 2015, colleagues completed more than 11,000 hours of volunteering.
  • In 2015 we broke a Guinness World Record for the ‘largest cream tea party in multiple venues’ in aid of Marie Curie.
  • Since 1999, the Yorkshire Building Society Charitable Foundation has donated more than £6m to charities and good causes across the UK. The Charitable Foundation is funded through the Small Change Big Difference® scheme where members donate the pennies from the interest on their accounts just once a year to help charities and good causes in the UK.

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