Skipton Building Society since 1853

The first building society was formed in 1775 when a group of people pooled their savings to build houses. The more savings people put in the pot, the more money they had to fund mortgages for new members joining the society. It’s called mutuality and it underpins everything we do.

Then and now

Back then, it was difficult to buy a house or save money into a bank account if you weren’t well off. But the arrival of the building society helped change all that. We were founded in 1853 by mill owner Samuel Farey and timber merchant George Kendall, with the purpose of providing a safe place for people’s savings and to help them own homes.

More than 166 years on, our purpose is still the same and now we help over a million people with their savings and mortgages.

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Building society difference

We don’t have shareholders to answer to, just our customers. But what does that really mean?

Mutuality in action

One million customers

Meet some of the people who trust us as a good place for their savings and mortgages.

Customer stories

We do good things

Financial services isn’t the only thing we do. We’re active in our communities too.

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