UK’s Nationwide plans to enter corporate banking

UK’s Nationwide has decided to enter corporate banking due to struggling profits in its current business

UK’s Nationwide has decided to enter the corporate banking sector due to struggling profits as online property portals are increasingly challenging traditional businesses in the sector. Other big names in the sector are also facing similar challenges from the online platforms which are getting more popular among consumers.

Nationwide is one of the UK’s top three mortgage providers. It has now applied for a grant for the purpose. It announced that it has applied for a grant worth more than $67 million from rival Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS).

It is part of RBS’ more than $1 billion in disbursements it has been forced to dispense in an effort to increase industry competition. If Nationwide receives the grant, it will launch a business current account and join an increasingly competitive business financial services market.

Nationwide posted a 7 percent drop in annual profits, compelling the firm to broaden its offerings, reports said; its latest earnings posted $1.3 billion in profits, down from $1.4 billion a year prior, making 2017 the second year in a row of declining profits.

Nationwide Chief Executive Joe Garner said historically, the cost of entry in this market was so high that it couldn’t look its members in the eye and say this is going to pay them back, but if it is successful in securing the funding from the remedies package, that problem goes away.

The European Commission will require RBS to release the funds to new market entrants; issuance of the grants is managed by House of Lords member Godfrey Cromwell, who was appointed to lead the Banking Competition Remedies body, according to reports.

Nationwide intends said that it would target small businesses with its business banking services. The company pointed to debt buybacks and low interest rates driving competition in the mortgage industry as factors behind its profit decline.