On January 20, 2016, the PRA and FCA announced the launch of their new joint initiative, the New Bank Start-up Unit, which will provide information and support to newly authorized banks and those wishing to become a new bank in the United Kingdom. This initiative will help new banks through the regulatory authorization process via the use of dedicated PRA or FCA staff members, a dedicated website, helpline and email address. Case officers will be allocated to firms during the authorization process. The PRA and FCA have also published a guide on the New Bank Start-up Unit which includes useful information for those aiming to set up a bank.

The Guide is available at: http://www.bankofengland.co.uk/pra/Documents/authorisations/newfirmauths/nbsuguide.pdf