Green light given for Monument bank launch

Jake Carter

November 8, 2021

The Prudential Regulation Authority and Financial Conduct Authority have lifted deposit restrictions on Monument’s licence so it can now operate as a fully-licensed deposit bank.

Monument claims to be the first neo-bank to be launched in the UK specifically to meet the demands of mass affluent clients who are seeking a bank to help them save and grow their wealth.

At launch, the bank is offering clients buy-to-let and bridging loans to support experienced and busy landlords to manage and grow their portfolios.

Clients will be able to borrow up to £3m for buy-to-let property investments, supported by specialist relationship managers with deep experience of the market and understanding of client needs.

Mintoo Bhandari, chief executive of Monument, said: “We are very pleased to share the news that the regulators have given us the green light to proceed to commercial launch.

“We are ready and eager to serve clients who we believe have been lacking a bank that is being developed to serve their needs and service requirements.

“While we never planned to build and launch a bank in the middle of a global pandemic, the timing could not have been more relevant as the demand for, and comfort with, digital finance has accelerated dramatically over the past 18 months.

“We are very excited to take our first steps of addressing the substantial, aspirational, hard-working, asset-rich but time-poor community which holds trillions in wealth in the UK and which lacks the right financial services partner.

“We will be entirely focused on understanding our clients’ needs and providing them with great service, enabled by technology, which we think will set a new standard.

“Our goal is to create an institution that truly understands this community, helps them save and grow their wealth, but which also recognises that there is more to wealth than money. Today marks an important step for us towards achieving that goal as we launch for clients as a fully-licensed bank.”

The bank has raised £60m in capital to date having successfully completed one of the largest Series A funding rounds in fintech-banking earlier this year, it said.

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