Independent Banking Advisory Service (IBAS)
IBAS helps and assists and guides those with UK Business Banking disputes and Director's Personal Guarantee business debt claims - IBAS is the only UK non profit organization which provides business banking customers with specialist business banking assistance, specialist business banking guidance and IBAS specialist business banking investigations.
IBAS knowledge has been collated from thousands of IBAS business banking cases over 27 years which provides us with unique information which we use to assess where to investigate and what will produce the best results
How did IBAS originate and why?
Many people ask how IBAS originated and why it was launched? Knowledge of IBAS history and motivation, allows those with a UK business banking disputes to examine why IBAS is so different from commercial business banking 'advisors' and why IBAS experience will best help them in a business banking dispute, director's personal guarantee or business banking debt claim. So, what exactly is IBAS?
The Independent Banking Advisory Service (IBAS) was founded by original co-founders of the Bank Action Group (BAG) founded after a Daily Express article (July 1992) which published how and why UK businesses were being exploited by UK bankers. The Daily Express article encouraged those in businesses with similar banking situations (who wanted to know who could help them) to phone in to the Daily Express.
Eddy and Brenda Weatherill were interviewed for the two page Daily Express 'spread' and they were asked: 'had they thought about creating a banking ‘help group'? Within hours the Bank Action Group (BAG) was named by Eddy and Brenda Weatherill and 'launched' in another Daily Express article. Many BAG articles followed. All articles highlighted business banking and focused interest on a few business banking dispute 'cases'.
There was difficulty at that time in clearly establishing whether businesses had 'fallen' or been deliberately ‘tripped’ by their business banker. However, it was clear from the information being gathered that a business could be in the wrong place at the wrong time and with the wrong bank. Business type, location and their business banker played a large part in which business survived and which did not.
From information which 'flooded’ into BAG, some banks were a lot quicker ‘leaning’ on businesses or in overcharging interest than others. Many underhand banking tactics were used by banks in bank debt recovery units, enlarging bank profits whilst 'taking' small business assets. BAG raised awareness to business banking dispute issues.
But, in publicizing issues BAG became more political and volunteers can only stretch so far. Politics is extremely demanding on resources and meetings took even more time and even more money. BAG ‘lost its way' chasing the politicians and became less active in directly helping businesses which were still failing as were the politicians and government where business banking issues were involved.
The realization that BAG had become less active in directly helping businesses and particularly those requiring and seeking urgent assistance and also because those businesses were the major reason for BAG being founded - led to Eddy & Brenda Weatherill launching IBAS. IBAS was launched so that businesses could be individually helped and rescued from bank debt recovery units wherever possible.
The media assistance provided for IBAS to publicize the investigated banking issues allowed IBAS to increase pressure on banks, bank shareholders, M.P's and Government Ministers. They then applied pressure to make changes to law and regulation. IBAS state that the UK Banking industry lost it's reputation for integrity and honesty due to the deluge of adverse publicity since 2007 which 'forced' the voluntary codes for ‘fair and reasonable’ conduct 'out of existence' and banker's 'self regulation' was replaced by the FSA's Banking Conduct Regime on 1st November 2009. The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) then replaced the FSA as regulator for the banking industry.
IBAS is an active pressure group and that fact is not hidden, nor do IBAS apologize for making a difference in influencing bankers, bank shareholders, MP's and banking regulators. Banking is an industry where nothing would change without pressure to do so. Bankers have proven this many times over since 1992 by their resistance to anything which affects them and their profits.
IBAS has been guest/interviewee on TV 'shows' since 1992, these have included:
BBC News South East - 26 January 1993
Look East - 25 January 1995 & 24 May 1996,
Kilroy – 'Do You Trust Your Bank?',
BBC1 - The Really Useful Show - presented by Chris Choi and Cheryl Baker - 4 March 1997
BBC First Sight – 'Bank on Us' - 1994
BBC TV News - 'Hard Cash' - 2001
BBC TV - 'Good Morning with Anne & Nick' - 23 February 1994
BBC TV North West Tonight - 15 March 2006
& others including Meridian TV, BBC TV Look East, Anglia TV News, ITN News and Sky TV News,
Plus UK radio interviews: The Jimmy Young Show, Radio 5 Live, BBC Radio 3 Counties, Talk Radio with Paul Ross and many others.
UK Media trust IBAS and rely on banking cases supported by IBAS because they are properly documented and investigated. Because of that knowledge and certainty, the media seek IBAS comments and editorial content to include in their national publications and broadcasts. IBAS knowledge since 1992 of bank debt claims from thousands of business banking customers/business accounts plus knowledge gained from IBAS 'in house' bank audits over the past decades means IBAS can identify bank 'overcharges' in trading business accounts as well as in bank debt recovery claims, where personal assets and homes may be at risk from a bank.
That extra knowledge is provided to those who gain IBAS assistance. IBAS provides specialist knowledge and experience gained from a great many Base rate/LIBOR/Euro loans and business current accounts bank interest overcharging cases which then provides active assistance to UK business banking customers embroiled in banking disputes or in a director's personal guarantee debt claim.
IBAS state: Overcharging appears in a great many many business current account and loan situations and also in business banking debt claims and claims on personal guarantees or business mortgages. Director's Personal Guarantee debt claims can be used by the bank to hide bank overcharges by passing bank overcharges to the guarantor after the business failure. IBAS 'in house' checks will 'flag' cases which are 'suspect' for bank overcharging and IBAS can then verify, evidence and 'set off' overcharges for a counter claim or defence, debt negotiation or resolution.
Between 1992 and 2001, IBAS used more than 40 individual solicitors and barristers who were 'briefed' for legal actions for IBAS members. IBAS experience in litigation and solicitor/barrister involvement in banking litigation 'cases' is considerable. But, IBAS warn that litigation is completely unpredictable, expensive and results may be uncertain.
That is why 'cases' accepted by IBAS are assessed 'in house' for 'legality' under IBAS membership and legal fees can be immediately avoided in the majority of cases.
IBAS website was launched in 1998
see: BBC publication with link to IBAS in 1999 at Business: Your Money Not a moving account
- BBC 22/07/99
IBAS has been featured on BBC TV, BBC TV News, ITV News, Meridian TV and Sky TV News since 1992 and also contributed banking editorials and business banking articles for the Sunday Times, Times, Daily Mail, Daily Express, Telegraph and Daily Mirror.
see: IBAS Testimonials
IBAS experience and knowledge is crucial in supporting any corporate or business banking customer in dispute with their bank.
What will IBAS actually do?
IBAS will independently investigate business banking disputes and director's personal guarantees and business banking debt claims.
- Any 'case' accepted by IBAS will be assessed 'in house' for 'legality' which means legal fees are avoided in the majority of cases.
- IBAS will provide individual assistance in cases which IBAS consider worthy of investigation.
Note: IBAS provide editorial content for national TV and national newspapers but IBAS will not publicize any member's 'case' information without specific written consent and only after IBAS has fully investigated the 'legality' and substance of that specific case.
From IBAS experience Publicity is a 'tool' which can only be used where a member is in total agreement but those cases also require solid evidence to support them. IBAS also warn that publicity is not a 'tool' for everyone.
IBAS is completely unique in the services that it provides to it's members as a National non-profit making, membership organization, specializing in business banking disputes and in resolution and negotiation of business banking debt disputes.
Last modified: 11th September 2019