Church buys bank branch stake

The Church of England's investment arm is to have a stake in the running of 314 bank branches being hived off by state-backed Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) as part of a £600 million deal.

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'Challenger' bank to specialise in small business banking

The new high street bank that will take over the running of 314 bank branches will revive the dormant Williams & Glyn's brand, under plans announced today.

It is not yet known when the brand will start to appear on the high street. The business will take on a £19.7 billion loan book and £22.2 billion in customer deposits.

Williams and Glyn's bank to return to the high street. Credit: RBS Press Office.

RBS Chairman Sir Philip Hampton said the new bank would have a particular focus on small business banking. He said:

"Williams & Glyn's will play an important role in the UK banking landscape and will be an excellent new addition to the market, with a particular strength in small business banking - a sector that is so crucial to the UK's economic recovery."

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Church takes stake in bank branches sold by RBS

The Church of England's investment arm is to have a stake in the running of 314 bank branches being hived off by state-backed Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) as part of a £600 million deal.

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The Church of England's investment arm will have a stake in 314 branches sold by RBS. Credit: David Cheskin/PA Wire

Investors including the Church Commissioners and financial firms Corsair Capital and Centerbridge Capital are to revive the dormant Williams & Glyn's brand, under the plans announced today.

RBS, which is 80% state-owned following its near-collapse at the height of the financial crisis, has been forced to sell the branches under European rules.