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  • Saffron Building Society Celebrates 40 years in Colchester

    Saffron Building Society branch staff and invited guests have enjoyed a Tea Party to celebrate 40 years since the Society first opened its doors for business in Colchester...

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  • Boy blowing out birthday candles on a cake.

    170th Birthday Regular Saver

    As part of our 170th anniversary celebrations Saffron Building Society will be holding a prize draw giving nine lucky eligible customers the chance to win a £1700 cash prize through opening the ‘170th Birthday Regular Saver’.

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  • A couple discuss their pension options.

    Saffron hosts Pension Awareness throughout the Summer

    Saffron Building Society will be holding Pension Planning Awareness sessions at the Society’s Haverhill, Brentwood, Ware, Bishop’s Stortford and Colchester branches this July and August

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  • The Man Cave’s Darren Leggett, Lisa Howard (Saffron Building Society Branch Manager) and Chris Burchell

    Man Cave supports mental wellbeing for men in Colchester

    Saffron Building Society opens up their Colchester branch to host The Man Cave who are a group aiming to alleviate problems that lead to increased mental stress...

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  • Saffron Building Society staff at the Haverhill branch celebrate 50 years

    Saffron Building Society Celebrates 50 years in Haverhill

    Saffron Building Society and invited guests enjoyed a Tea Party to celebrate 50 years since the Society first opened its doors for business in Haverhill ...

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  • A house ready for renovation.

    Self-Build Mortgage Improvements

    We have made several enhancements to our self-build mortgages in response to feedback from our Members, and we now have a much more flexible product which means it’s easier to apply ...

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  • Ed Flack delivering financial awareness workshops to local students

    Local secondary school pupils supported by financial awareness workshops

    Saffron Building Society has teamed up with specialist financial education consultants ‘WizeUp’ to give pupils tips and advice on financial well-being ...

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  • An older couple relaxing on the beach

    Saffron to host Pension Awareness throughout March

    We will be holding Pension Planning Awareness sessions with Russell Vaughan, a regulated* chartered financial adviser from specialists Wren Sterling at our Saffron Walden, Royston, Halstead and Great Dunmow branches this March ...

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  • An older couple planning their retirement.

    Lending into retirement

    We have just launched our ‘Lending into Retirement - Downsizing’ mortgage, a standard interest-only mortgage which is available to customers who are hoping to borrow into their retirement ...

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  • Savings Explained

    Do you want to start saving a little each month but don’t know where to start? Have you recently received a sum of money and would like to find a savings account suitable for you?

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  • Is 2019 the year to build your own home.

    Is 2019 the year to build your own home?

    The popularity of self-builds is starting to grow and there is more and more support available to turn ideas into reality. There are also many popular misconceptions about self-build properties ...

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  • Matt Garnham, Lisa Howard, Alison Burchert, Scott Streeter

    Local artist draws crowd at Saffron Building Society's Colchester Branch

    Acclaimed local artist Alison Burchert held an exhibition of human and animal portraits at the Colchester Branch of Saffron Building Society showcasing her work in pastels ...

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  • Let’s Make a Plan – student looks at savings options in Fresher’s Week

    New student Chloe Ring looks into managing her finances as she starts film school in London...

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  • Colin Field, Victoria Bowman, Claire Hunnable

    Saffron Building Society supports St Nicholas Hospice Care

    Saffron Building Society is supporting St Nicholas Hospice Care by donating a £2000 contribution to the Haverhill based charity’s ‘Hospice Neighbours’ scheme ...

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  • Business presentation.

    Support for local businesses

    Last month, The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) claimed that closure of bank branches is hurting high streets throughout the country ...

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  • Saffron Building Society Customer Service Assistant Samantha McKinley prepares for the cycling challenge.

    Diabetes….on your bike!

    The Saffron Building Society relay team will be pedalling in branch on an exercise bike to see how many miles they can cycle during the day and would greatly appreciate any donations and support ...

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  • Saffron Building Society supports Birkett Long £50 challenge!

    Branch staff get on their bike for charity

    Staff from the Halstead branch of Saffron Building Society have joined in this year’s Birkett Long £50 Challenge...

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  • Saffron Building Society supports Saffron Walden Town FC

    Securing the future of Saffron Walden Town FC for the next 100 years

    Saffron Building Society added to donations from supporters to reach the £1200 needed to extend the lease on the club’s ground for a further 100 years...

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  • Ex-Pat Buy-To-Let – renting your home while you’re overseas.

    Renting your home while you’re overseas

    If you are thinking of moving overseas or already live abroad then we may be able to help you if you are looking to either let your property, or to buy a further one to rent out back home...

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  • Saffron Building Society supports Support 4 Sight

    Saffron Building Society supports audio news service for local people with sight loss

    Saffron Walden Talking News (SWTN), a totally free service bringing the local news in an audio format to people with sight loss and those with a print impairment, is the latest charity ...

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  • Teaching Children to Save

    If you are interested in teaching your child to become a saver rather than a spender, then we have some hints and tips to help...

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  • Saffron Building Society supports Reach Community Projects

    Saffron supports Haverhill Foodbank

    Saffron Building Society is supporting Reach Community Projects, the Haverhill based charity helping local people in crisis by donating a £2000 contribution to the charity’s foodbank ...

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  • self build case study - matthew-switzer.

    Self-Build Case Study

    One of the most satisfying aspects of what we do at Saffron is to see how our work can help people fulfil their ambitions. You may be wondering precisely how a building society can make such a difference ...

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  • A financial adviser discusses various options with a couple.

    Is there an Independent Financial Adviser near me?

    A little guidance when making big decisions can often help. If you are looking to plan your pension, invest some money, or protect yourself and your family then sound planning and financial advice ...

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  • a row of terraced houses

    Have you heard the one about the doctor?

    When Ann Smithson decided to buy a house in Cambridge, she knew she had set herself a tough challenge. The issues she had to overcome weren’t simply to do with the availability and price ...

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  • Games consoles donated to Addenbrooke’s children

    Saffron Building Society’s Haverhill branch raises money

    Staff and generous customers of Saffron Building Society have raised money to donate three Nintendo Switch games consoles, cases and games to children being treated at Addenbrooke’s Hospital ...

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  • Newport Youth Project

    Saffron Building Society workshops help Colchester homeless

    Saffron Building Society has always supported local charities as part of its commitment to the local community through grants. They are pleased to announce that they will be working alongside ...

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  • Saffron wins multiple savings awards.

    Saffron wins multiple savings awards

    Saffron Building Society has won a quartet of ‘savings awards’ at three national financial services awards. ...

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  • Busy Family Home With Mother Working As Father Prepares Meal.

    Complex Income Mortgages

    The world has changed a lot, and many workers are now looking for more flexible arrangements or different approaches to earning a living. At Saffron we believe many lenders have failed to keep pace with changes in working practices ...

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  • Remote home control system on a digital tablet or phone.

    Smart homes and reducing the cost of living

    Technology is often designed to reduce the cost of running your home, for example through more efficient temperature control systems. Increasingly, manufacturers are building ...

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  • A typical british road with houses in London, with colored doors and fireplaces on the roofs.

    How to make sense of house prices

    Are you thinking of moving home but are unsure which way house prices are going? Do you have a house to sell but wonder where to value it? House prices have lately become unpredictable ...

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  • Family going into their new home for the first time.

    Making House Moves More Affordable

    We understand the challenges many families face up and down the country, speaking to people in our branches we get a real sense of how difficult it can be to save for a deposit ...

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  • Your guide to self-build mortgages

    Your guide to self-build mortgages

    Read our Self Build Guide to find out how we can help you build your dream home

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  • Family going into their new home for the first time.

    How to make your next move

    Recent research shows that a quarter of people hoping to take the next step up the property ladder believe that this is harder than getting on it in the first place ...

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  • A couple plan to build their own home with a model.

    How to build your own home?

    If you have the resources and the motivation then building your own home can be very cost effective. But most people build their own property as they want the freedom to create their ideal home ...

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  • A couple plan to build their own home.

    How easy is it to build your own home?

    According to the National Custom and Self Build Association (NaCSBA), the average self-builder saves 15% to 20% on the cost of a house compared to what it would cost to buy the same property ...

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  • Newport Youth Project

    Saffron Building Society supports Newport Youth Project

    Saffron Building Society has made a donation from its community fund to the Newport Youth Club. The club was set up in 2006 and has continued to grow over the years ...

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  • Saturday Play Club

    Saffron Building Society supports Saturday Play Club

    As local authorities continue to cut their funding for charities, Saffron Building Society is offering a vital lifeline to local organisations that want to keep serving ...

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  • Support for people who are self-employed or contracting

    More and more people are choosing self-employment and flexible working. In March of this year, the Office for National Statistics released its UK Labour Market report ...

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  • Saving for a deposit

    If you are saving for a deposit on your first home, or looking to move house, then the current economic forecasts could make you feel a little anxious. With so much change ...

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  • The costs involved in buying your first home or a new home

    When people are looking to buy their first house or a new home, they sometimes get fixated on the price of the property but lose sight of the other costs involved ...

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  • Hints and tips for first time buyers

    If you are buying your first house you’ll be preparing one of the longest ‘to-do’ lists of your life. While it’s impossible to tell you everything you need to know ...

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  • What is the difference between savings and investments?

    Savings and investments are terms regularly used when creating plans. They are two unique propositions; so it’s important to understand the differences between ...

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  • Saffron Building Society Support For The Over Sixties

    Saffron Building Society has made another donation from its community fund to the Halstead Day Centre, which provides invaluable support for people over 60 years of age ...

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  • Saffron Building Society supports The Colchester Night Shelter

    Saffron Building Society has always supported local charities as part of its commitment to the local community through grants. They are pleased to announce that they ...

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  • How we make your mortgage application straightforward

    How is Saffron different from other building societies and mortgage lenders? It’s one of the most common questions I am asked, so I thought I would put pen to paper ...

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  • A look at our Savings Review

    Everyone has a different reason to save, whether it’s buying a car, improving your home or getting married. You might just need a place to ...

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  • How we do things differently

    he process for buying a new home can be confusing. I was recently talking to our mortgage advisers about the problems our customers face and it’s clear that more can be done ...

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  • Saffron Highly Commended for Best Children’s Account Provider

    Saffron Building Society has been Highly Commended for the ‘Best Children's Account Provider' category in the Savings Champion Awards 2017 ...

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