Nationwide and Portman To Merge
Nationwide and Portman building societies announced on Tuesday that they plan to merge. They claim that they intend to provide a "compelling alternative to the big retail banks".
Portman members will receive a booklet explaining the planned merger, before the building society's Spring 2007 AGM. They will be asked to vote on the proposals. Nationwide members do not have anything to do.
If the vote goes in favour of the merger, it is planned to be finalised by September 2007.
Qualifying members of Portman will receive a pre-tax windfall worth a minimum £200, if the merger goes ahead. Only members who had a minimum of £100 in savings, or a balance of £100 on a mortgage, at the close of business on 11 September will qualify.
Nationwide members will not receive a windfall.