An alternative model for banking

I spent a very interesting couple of hours at the opening of the new branch of the Islamic bank of Britain in Tooting. The bank has only a handful of branches but is expanding rapidly, usually in partnership with existing local businesses. To some ears the word Sharia brings on a touch of the vapours, but a bank which relies on ethical investment and has a policy of   building trust with clients, and insists that the first person you meet when you come through the door is the manager, might change that!

Welcome Shaheen and his team! One of your colleagues mentioned, with admiration the Christian bankers ,who sought to improve the world back in Victorian times; seeing profit as a means not an end. Hopefully a new breed of banks might follow your lead and bring about an ethical revival!

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