Bevan Money submits banking licence application

25th May 2023

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Bevan Money, an aspiring bank with a clear social purpose, has submitted its application for a banking licence. The business plans to provide mortgages, fuelled by retail deposits and designed in detail to help key public sector workers onto the housing ladder. Too many are denied the security, wealth creation and wellbeing of homeownership.    

Unusually for a start-up bank, Bevan has reached this point without seeking external seed capital and currently carries no debt, a feat virtually unheard of for start-up banks at this  late stage of the process.

Bevan’s core vision is to put the positive power of home ownership in the hands of key public sector workers, in pursuit of a stronger, fairer society for all. It believes the ‘one size fits all’ approach of the large banks inadequately meets the specific needs of so many key workers amongst the 5.74 million* people in the public sector. It plans to become a bank raising retail deposits to fund its highly focused mortgage lending criteria. Bevan will distribute mortgages exclusively through the intermediary channel, adding valuable product diversity and choice to brokers and helping them to convert more applications into completions.

Mel Lane, Chief Executive Officer at Bevan Money, said:

“It’s very unusual for an aspiring bank to get this far without carrying a lot of debt. There really aren’t many opportunities for investors to get involved with a business at this late stage of the process and in such a strong financial position.

“We’ve managed to come this far without seeking external investment because we’ve built a small team of experienced and dedicated individuals who believe in the concept of building a bank with a unique and valuable social purpose.

“Our key public sector workers provide a great service to this country, and it’s time they received the respect and appreciation they so richly deserve. We’re quick to call them heroes, but in the real world they’re more often overlooked than rewarded and this new bank is needed to support public sector workers now more than ever before.

“Home ownership is the bedrock of most peoples’ working and family lives. Yet so many workers at the sharp edge of public service struggle to get on the housing ladder. The problem is that most lenders treat public sector workers like any other salaried applicants, with no consideration given to their strong security of employment, additional shift and overtime income, professional qualifications, experience and reliable future pensions. Bevan’s products and underwriting will take full account of the strengths of this large group of underserved and aspiring homeowners.

”We are now seeking investment to help us take this process to the next stage and continue to build a proposition that we believe will make a genuine difference to the lives of so many of our public sector key workers. It’s a ground floor opportunity for investors committed to improving society ”

Board Adviser, Colin Snowdon, said:

“It’s rare to find a management team who can cover all the bank application bases, without the input of paid for third party advice. It’s equally unusual to come across a new bank proposition the team believes in so passionately that they’re willing to commit their time, energy and expertise with no immediate reward. This is exactly what Mel has achieved  with Bevan. She comes from a family with a strong background in public service and designed Bevan to reflect that personal experience

“The bank’s foundations will be built on mortgages secured on “bricks and mortar” homes for key public sector workers, underpinned by their vocational drive, secure income and future progression. Bevan’s lending criteria will fully reflect the detail of their career prospects. It will be a lender adding real value to the lives of so many  key workers, the mortgage market, and the banking community.”

Robert Clifford, CEO at Stonebridge, says:

“Affordability continues to be a real challenge for mortgage customers. We need more lenders to focus on innovation in this area, opening up more opportunities for home ownership in a responsible way. Bevan Money is built on an in depth knowledge of the public sector and the particular characteristics of public sector remuneration. This expertise is shaping a proposition that will be a valuable addition to our member firms and their customers.”

*Source: ONS, June 2022

Media Enquiries:
Alex Hammond, Director at Square 1 Media
M: 07855 303 448

Investor Enquiries:
Mel Lane, CEO at Bevan Money