Hanley Economic Building Society joins industry-leading platform to combat the rising threat of fraud

Hanley Economic Building Society is the latest Mutual to join 97 other financial institutions in the National SIRA fraud prevention consortium. National SIRA is the largest syndicated database of cross sector customer risk intelligence in the UK. It has over 160 members contributing more than 300M records and has thus far helped to save its contributors over £3 billion in losses to fraud.

In addition to implementing the SIRA platform, Hanley Economic Building Society, which was founded in 1854, has also appointed Synectics Solutions to conduct some ‘back-book’ screening. This will enhance its know-your-customer (KYC) compliance processes, using intelligence from Dow Jones, accessed via Synectics Data Marketplace.

The SIRA consortium has grown substantially in the past 12 months as financial product providers increasingly realise the importance of collaboration and intelligence sharing to combat escalating and increasingly sophisticated fraud threats.

Lynsey Carter, Head of Operations, at Hanley Economic Building Society, said: “We pride ourselves on delivering superior customer service which builds trusted relationships and lifelong loyalty from our customers. This means we need to work with industry-leading initiatives such as Synectics’ SIRA in order to protect our members from the unfortunate but real threat of fraud and financial crime.”

Both Hanley Economic Building Society and Synectics Solutions are members of Staffordshire Chamber of Commerce, which facilitated the relationship and supports the engagement between the two business on an ongoing basis.

Murray Raw, Head of Business Development at Synectics Solutions, added: “Fraudsters are always looking to prey on more vulnerable finance providers who don’t have the level of defence that some of the bigger retail banks have in place. This doesn’t have to be the case. As we welcome Hanley Economic into the SIRA community, they will be able to take advantage of accessing the UK’s largest fraud intelligence resource when screening their applications.

“UK mutuals recognise the value of collaboration and this provides a cost-effective level of access to the National SIRA fraud database. The acquisition of Hanley Economic into the SIRA community continues that trend joining a total of eight mutuals across the UK.”

Contact Information


Synectics Solutions contacts
Murray Raw, Head of Business Development

To contact Synectics Solutions directly call 0333 234 3419 or email marketing@synectics-solutions.com


Hanley Economic contacts
Alex Ward-Brassington, Intermediary Marketing Specialist
awardbrassington@thehanley.co.uk, 01782 255139

About Synectics Solutions

Synectics Solutions has been working with global financial institutions and data analysis organisations for 29 years, and is a recognised leader in the provision of fraud and financial crime risk analysis solutions. The systems it provides are currently deployed across 16 countries around the world, and are in operation 24/7, helping to protect their customers and enable them to make better decisions on financial risk.

Synectics has become widely known for its expertise in hosting and managing collaborative consortium data solutions, which are used in the critical infrastructure of these financial organisations, and also various UK government departments.

This includes the National SIRA and National Fraud Initiative (NFI) data consortiums, which have helped to provide around £5 Billion in savings for their members.

The company is fully ISO27001 certified, is a UK Government Specified Anti-Fraud Organisation, and has the infrastructure, expertise and experience required to carry out the many business-critical data solutions for some of the world’s most regulated organisations.

About Hanley Economic

Founded in 1854, Hanley Economic Building Society is one of Staffordshire’s most prominent and well-loved companies, with branches in Biddulph, Cheadle, Hanley City Centre, Newcastle, Longton, Stone and at its Festival Park headquarters.

We offer a range of Savings and Mortgage products, as well as Financial Advice.

  • Best Companies Awards: Sunday Times Top 100 Small Business 2019 + 2020
  • Staffordshire Chamber of Commerce – Employer of the Year 2018
  • Moneyfacts Best First-Time Buyer Mortgage Provider 2017 & 2018
  • Moneyfacts Best Building Society Lender Commended 2018

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