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Halifax Bank

If you're older than 25 or so, the Halifax bank will mean more to you as a big mortgage lender- it used to be a building society. But a few years back it merged with the Bank of Scotland to create HBOS plc- and acquired BOS's banking abilities. The Halifax house price survey is still the accepted authority on property price movements, but the Halifax bank is now getting its brand in order as a high street bank- largely due to the accidental hero that is Howard- once a humble bank teller, now the all-singing and dancing face of the company.
The Halifax Bank range of services is particularly mature- you can get everything from pensions to pet insurance here, and they've recently added a digital TV financial shopping service on the SkyActive platform.

The Halifax bank alone has around 800 branches in the UK; plus estate agencies on top. Subsidiary companies such as the Bank of Scotland bump that up considerably; although the "Big Four" banks can offer a bigger high street presence.

In the wider community, the Halifax Bank has a very active community banking sector catering for charity and non-profit organisations including housing associations, credit unions and community development operations.