Founded in 1852, Alliance and Leicester converted from a building society to a bank in 1997. It is one of the 100 largest companies in the UK, and with 5.5 million customers is currently the seventh largest bank in the UK. In May 2010 the bank was acquired by Santander UK and was fully incorporated by 2011.
Alliance and Leicester focuses on mortgages, retail savings, current accounts and personal loans. They are in partnership with MBNA to offer credit cards and credit facilities. They use Legal and General for investment and life insurance planning, and also offer other insurance through Zurich.