How do you start a bank in the UK?

Starting a bank in the UK involves a complex and lengthy process that involves obtaining regulatory approvals and meeting a range of requirements.

Here is a general overview of the process:

  1. Develop a business plan: Develop a detailed business plan that outlines your vision for the bank, your target market, and your financial projections. If you need help with your business plan get in touch with our Pitch Deck Consultants.

  2. Register the bank: Register the bank with Companies House and obtain a unique identifier such as a company number or registration number.

  3. Obtain regulatory approval: Apply for regulatory approval from the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA). This process involves submitting a detailed application and meeting a range of requirements, including demonstrating that the bank has the necessary capital, governance, and systems in place to operate safely and soundly.

  4. Obtain a banking license: Obtain a banking license from the Bank of England, which allows the bank to accept deposits and provide banking services. This process involves demonstrating that the bank meets the necessary requirements, including having sufficient capital, strong management, and a viable business model.

  5. Set up operations: Set up the necessary infrastructure and systems to operate the bank, including obtaining a bank account, setting up a website and online banking platform, and hiring staff.

  6. Launch the bank: Launch the bank and begin offering banking services to customers.

Starting a bank in the UK is a complex and challenging process that requires a significant investment of time, resources, and expertise. It is important to seek legal and financial advice as needed to ensure that you are complying with all relevant laws and regulations.