News & Guides

Shawbrook Bank is an innovative business, and we’re refining and introducing new products all the time. You’ll find all our latest news here, together with a number of helpful guides to financial matters.

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The ultimate guide to credit checks & searches

In this guide, we’ll cover everything you need to know about credit checks, including what they’re used for, how to improve your credit score and the difference between a soft and hard credit check.
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8 reasons your credit score has gone down

Has your credit score gone down? It can sometimes come as a shock. We’ve listed 8 reasons as to why you may have seen a drop in your rating.

Being turned down for a loan, despite having good credit

Refused a loan? Even if you have an excellent credit score, you may be refused credit. Learn why lenders might decline a loan and what you can do next.
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What is debt consolidation?

Debt consolidation is a process that helps you merge existing debts into one loan. This can simplify repayments and make budgeting easier. Learn more here.
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How to teach your kids about money: An age-by-age guide

To coincide with My Money Week – a national campaign to help educate children on all things money – Sally Conway, Head of Consumer Communications at Shawbrook Bank, has created an age-by-age guide to give parents a helping hand with their lesson plan.
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Personal loan terminology glossary

Find a clear A-Z of concise loan terminology definitions in our glossary. Convert jargon into meaningful explanations right here.
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Used car checklist: How to know if a car is reliable

Wondering what to look for when buying a used car? We’ve put together a list of tips and a used car checklist to help you buy a reliable vehicle.
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How long does it take to get a loan approved?

If you applied for a personal loan before, the process may have been confusing. In this guide, we’ll take you through each step of a typical loan application, so you know exactly what to expect when you apply.
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Easy home improvement ideas for DIY beginners

Looking for simple home improvement ideas? We’ve rounded up some of our favourite easy DIY projects that can help you transform your home. Read our guide.
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Things to consider before you tackle your next home improvement project

Considering starting a new home improvement project? We outline 7 key things to think about before you begin renovations in our guide.
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What influences the cost of home renovations?

Considering a home renovation project and want to know if it’s affordable? Read our guide on 6 factors that can influence the cost.
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Wedding costs and coronavirus considerations that every bride-to-be should be aware of

Recently engaged or planning your wedding? With so much to plan, it can be easy to forget some things in your budget. Here is a list of things to remember.