Islamic Bank of Britain showcases Islamic finance expertise to Indonesian officials

03 July 2013

Birmingham-based Islamic Bank of Britain plc (IBB), (www.islamic-bank.com) last week hosted Indonesia’s highest-ranking judges at its headquarters in Edgbaston, Birmingham. A total of 13 judges from Indonesia’s Supreme Court, High Court and Religious High Court visited the Bank to learn more about Islamic finance as part of a course they were attending at the Markfield Institute of Higher Education (MIHE) based in Markfield, Leicestershire.

The judges, who were studying Islamic Financial Systems, Law & Arbitration for three days at MIHE, were given a tour of the Bank’s offices. This was followed by presentations from senior IBB executives on how Islamic banking differs from conventional banking and its position within the British legal framework.

Commenting on the visit, Sultan Choudhury, managing director, Islamic Bank of Britain said, “IBB has a long-standing reputation as a leader in the international Islamic finance sector and we are often asked to showcase our achievements and expertise. The delegation of high-ranking Indonesian judges found their visit to the Bank very informative, providing both parties with a forum to share knowledge and ideas.”

As the UK’s only wholly Sharia compliant retail bank IBB is considered a pioneer of British retail Islamic banking. Since its inception in 2004, the Bank has attracted over 50, 000 customers and currently provides the largest range of Sharia compliant retail financial products in the UK. These include the Home Purchase Plan (HPP) and Buy to Let Purchase Plan (BTLPP), savings accounts, personal and business banking.

Indonesia is also preparing itself for a boom in Islamic banking. It is the world’s most populous Muslim nation, with almost 90% of the 250 million population practising the faith. This presents a vast opportunity for the Indonesian Islamic finance industry. According to industry figures, whilst Islamic banking currently only represents 4% of Indonesia’s banking system Islamic banking assets grew by 50%, to US$17 billion, over the last year. Growth is expected to continue through the combined efforts of the Indonesian government and financial institutions seeking to realise the potential of this booming sector.

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About Islamic Bank of Britain

Islamic Bank of Britain plc (the Bank, IBB) has pioneered Sharia compliant retail banking in the UK and now offers the largest range of Sharia compliant retail financial products in the UK. These include Sharia compliant mortgage alternatives, the Home Purchase Plan (HPP) and Buy to Let Purchase Plan (BTLPP), current accounts and savings accounts. The Bank was also the first to introduce Sharia compliant business banking to the UK, and now offers a wide range of institutional and business banking products and services, including Commercial Property Finance. Several of the Bank’s products remain unique in the UK retail financial market.

The Bank is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and Prudential Regulation Authority and is a member of Financial Services Compensation Scheme.

Sharia compliant banking operates without the use of interest and is founded on Islamic finance principles derived from trade, entrepreneurship and risk-sharing. IBB has a dedicated Sharia Compliance Officer (SCO) and a panel of respected Sharia Scholars, called the Sharia Supervisory Committee (SSC), which acts as an independent body to guarantee that IBB’s products and activities are Sharia compliant.

Whilst IBB offers products and services that are designed in accordance with Sharia principles, it is an inclusive, ethical organisation and welcomes customers of all faiths looking for a bank with a transparent, prudent and community-focused approach.

Notes to editors:

Interviews with Islamic Bank of Britain are available on request.

The bank should only be referred to as “Islamic Bank of Britain”. If abbreviated please use “IBB”.

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