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James Blower, the Saving Guru, helps savers get the best deal for their money by providing unique insight in to the savings market.
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The Savings Guru Podcast James Blower

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James Blower, the Saving Guru, helps savers get the best deal for their money by providing unique insight in to the savings market.
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    Interview with Colin Field, CEO of Saffron Building Society - Savings Guru Podcast #4

    Interview with Colin Field, CEO of Saffron Building Society - Savings Guru Podcast #4

    Show Notes
    In the fourth episode of the Savings Guru Podcast, James talks to Colin Field, CEO of Saffron Building Society, about the impacts of Covid-19 on the mutual sector, the importance of children’s savings accounts, and why Saffron are launching an enviro-saver option.
    00:30 The history of the Saffron Building Society
    01:12 How important is the local relationship right now?
    02:10 The increasing need for digitsation during the Covid-19 crisis.
    06:10 Why Saffron has a full-time staff member looking after vulnerable customers.
    07:40 Why are savers still important to Saffron?
    10:55 The importance of children’s savings accounts.
    12:30 What prompted Saffron to launch an enviro-saver account?
    15:30 What other plans does Saffron have for savings?
    17:25 How has Covid-19 affected operations within Saffron branches?
    22:45 What would Colin do if he were Chancellor of the Exchequer for a day?
    26:20 What changes are likely in the market over the next few years?
    To find out more about Saffron Building Society, go to https://www.saffronbs.co.uk/
    Connect with The Savings Guru
    Email ---- hello@thesavings.guruWebsite ---- http://thesavings.guruTwitter ---- https://twitter.com/savingsguruukFacebook ---- https://www.facebook.com/SavingsGuruUK/LinkedIn ---- https://www.linkedin.com/company/the-savings-guru-ltd/
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    Interview with Marklew Rice of Al Rayan Bank - Savings Guru Podcast #3

    Interview with Marklew Rice of Al Rayan Bank - Savings Guru Podcast #3

    Show Notes
    In the third episode of the Savings Guru Podcast, James talks to Marklew Rice, Head of Product Management at Al Rayan Bank about Sharia banking, interest rates vs expected profit rates, and attracting non-Muslim customers.
    00:40 How Al Rayan Bank got started in the UK.
    02:00 The difference between interest and expected profit rates.
    05:30 Why Al Rayan launched an easy access product.
    07:25 Why Al Rayan chose to have branches as well as online banks.
    09:40 Is attracting non-Muslim customers a challenge?
    13:25 What would Mark do if he were Chancellor of the Exchequer for a day?
    18:20 What changes are likely in the market?
    To find out more about Al Rayan Bank, go to https://www.alrayanbank.co.uk/
    Connect with The Savings Guru
    * Email ---- hello@thesavings.guru
    Website ---- http://thesavings.guru
    Twitter ---- https://twitter.com/savingsguruuk
    Facebook ---- https://www.facebook.com/SavingsGuruUK/
    LinkedIn ---- https://www.linkedin.com/company/the-savings-guru-ltd/


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    • 23 min
    Interview with Avinash Rajan of Offspring - Savings Guru Podcast #2

    Interview with Avinash Rajan of Offspring - Savings Guru Podcast #2

    Show Notes
    In the second episode of the Savings Guru Podcast, James talks to Avinash Rajan, founder and CEO of Offspring about why Offspring is needed, how it works, and the challenges of setting it up.
    00:15 An introduction to Offspring
    01:42 Why has nobody done this before?
    05:35 How has the banking community reacted to Offspring?
    08:00 A few stats about Offspring savers.
    10:00 What kinds of accounts does Offspring work with?
    12:35 What was the biggest challenge in setting up Offspring?
    15:05 What would Avinash do if he were Chancellor of the Exchequer for a day?
    18:10 What changes does Avinash predict for the savings market?

    To find out more about Offspring, go to http://www.offspringsavings.com
    Connect with The Savings Guru
    * Email ---- hello@thesavings.guru
    * Website ---- http://thesavings.guru
    * Twitter ---- https://twitter.com/savingsguruuk
    * Facebook ---- https://www.facebook.com/SavingsGuruUK/
    * LinkedIn ---- https://www.linkedin.com/company/the-savings-guru-ltd/

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    Interview with Kevin Mountford of Raisin UK - Savings Guru Podcast #1

    Interview with Kevin Mountford of Raisin UK - Savings Guru Podcast #1

    Show Notes
    In the first episode of the brand new Savings Guru Podcast, James talks to Kevin Mountford, co-founder and CEO of Raisin UK about how the company got started, how they balance working with banks and consumers, and what changes Kevin predicts for the market.
    00:14 The origins of Raisin UK
    02:09 Why Raisin came to the UK
    06:06 How do Raisin manage working with both banks and consumers?
    08:20 Why aren’t more platforms offering this service?
    14:28 Kevin’s opinion on the FCA’s single easy access rate.
    18:17 What would Kevin do if he were Chancellor of the Exchequer for a day?
    21:09 What other services are Raisin UK planning on introducing?
    23:35 What changes are likely in the market?
    To find out more about Raisin UK, go to https://www.raisin.co.uk/
    Connect with The Savings Guru
    * Email ---- hello@thesavings.guru
    * Website ---- http://thesavings.guru
    * Twitter ---- https://twitter.com/savingsguruuk
    * Facebook ---- https://www.facebook.com/SavingsGuruUK/
    * LinkedIn ---- https://www.linkedin.com/company/the-savings-guru-ltd/

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    Teaser Episode

    Teaser Episode

    James introduces himself and the podcast
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