Tandem Money

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Tandem Money Limited
IndustryFinancial Services
Founded2015; 5 years ago (2015)
Headquarters123 Pentonville Road,
London N1 9LZ
Key people
Ricky Knox, Founder and CEO
The Co-Founder Community
SubsidiariesTandem Bank Limited

Tandem Money is a UK company that owns Tandem Bank, a British challenger bank.

Overview and History[edit]

The company was founded by Ricky Knox, Matt Cooper and Michael Kent in 2013.[1] In December 2016, Tandem announced that it had secured a £35 million investment from The Sanpower Group, the Chinese company that also owns the department store House of Fraser; however, £29 million of this investment was later revoked by Sanpower over concerns that the Chinese Government would object to the investment following increased restrictions on outbound investment in China.[2][3] This resulted in a delay in the launch of Tandem's savings products, which, at the time of the revocation, was expected imminently and, more importantly, meant that Tandem volunteered the return of their banking license but retained all other permissions.[3][4]

In August 2017, it was announced that Tandem would fully acquire Harrods Bank, in a deal that would bring a near-£200m loan book, over £300m of deposits and nearly £80 million of capital.[4]


Tandem has introduced an 'Autosavings' feature, designed to help users save money. Using a number of rules, the account automatically puts money aside based on the user's spending habits.[5]

Tandem has launched two versions of credit cards. The first, called Journey, has been launched for people with limited credit history, helping them build up their credit score. The Cashback card gives users 0.5% cashback on worldwide purchases, with an initial credit limits from £500 to £12,000.[6]


Tandem Bank[edit]

Tandem Bank
IndustryBanking, finance
Headquarters40 Bernard St
London, WC1N
United Kingdom
ProductsFinancial services
OwnerTandem Money Limited

Tandem Bank is a British bank based in London, wholly owned by Tandem Money. It is focused on banking through mobile applications.[7]

History of Tandem Bank[edit]

Tandem originates from Tandem Money, a UK challenger bank that obtained its banking licence in 2015 and subsequently lost it. In 2018, Tandem Money acquired Harrods Bank and renamed it as Tandem Bank, to operate under its existing licence. This allowed the business to continue trading.[8]

The company was founded by Ricky Knox, Matt Cooper and Michael Kent in 2013.[9]

Prior to its sale to Tandem Money, Harrods Bank catered for high-net-worth (HNW) individuals and operated from the Harrods store in Knightsbridge, London. It offered a variety of personal and business current and savings accounts, mortgages, foreign currency and gold bullion trading services.

In 1991, the House of Commons Trade and Industry Committee ordered the Governor of the Bank of England, Sir Robin Leigh-Pemberton, to order the owners of Harrods, Mohamed Al-Fayed, and his brother Ali Al-Fayed, to transfer control of the Harrods Bank to trustees after they found that the Fayeds were not "fit and proper" to run the bank.[10]

On 7 August 2017, Tandem Money Limited announced a deal to acquire 100% of Harrods Bank Limited shares. The purchase deal closed successfully on 11 January 2018.[11]

In March 2018, Tandem agreed to acquire Pariti Technologies Limited, developers of the Pariti money management application.[12]

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  1. ^ "Britain just got a new digital bank and it's raising tens of millions of pounds". Business Insider. Retrieved 6 May 2016.
  2. ^ Williams-Grut, Oscar (7 August 2017). "Startup bank Tandem is buying Harrods Bank". Business Insider UK. Retrieved 17 August 2017.
  3. ^ a b Williams-Grut, Oscar (20 March 2017). "House of Fraser is pulling a £29 million investment in challenger bank Tandem over China concerns". Business Insider UK. Retrieved 17 August 2017.
  4. ^ a b Barber, Lynsey (7 August 2017). "Harrods Bank sold to digital challenger Tandem". City AM. Retrieved 17 August 2017.
  5. ^ "Tandem Bank launches 'Autosavings' account". TechCrunch. Retrieved 2 August 2019.
  6. ^ "What is Tandem Money? The UK diruptor offering savings and credit cards". NS Banking. 29 March 2019. Retrieved 2 August 2019.
  7. ^ "Tandem | A bank that's rooting for you".
  8. ^ "Subscribe to read". Financial Times.
  9. ^ "Britain just got a new digital bank and it's raising tens of millions of pounds". Business Insider. Retrieved 11 January 2020.
  10. ^ Bower, Tom (1998). Fayed: The Unauthorized Biography. Macmillan. p. 283. ISBN 978-0-333-74554-0.
  11. ^ Finextra (11 January 2018). "Tandem gets banking licence after closing Harrods Bank acquisition". Finextra.com. Retrieved 12 January 2018.
  12. ^ "Subscribe to read". Financial Times.