Northern Rock SWOT Analysis, USP & Competitors

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SWOT Analysis of Northern Rock with USP, Competition, STP (Segmentation, Targeting, Positioning) - Marketing Analysis

Northern Rock

Parent Company

Virgin Money




Banking and Financial Services

Tagline/ Slogan



Top mortgage lender in UK



Private and commercial banking

Target Group

Upper middle and High end individuals


As one of the top mortgage lenders

SWOT Analysis


1. One of the top five mortgage lenders in UK in terms of gross lending
2. The company focused on developing its own staff and most appointments including the Chief executive were made internally
3. The bank sponsored many local sports clubs and events and also donated substantial amounts to its own independent charity, the Northern Rock Foundation

4. It had a good capable employee strength with 6400 staff in number


1. Supply of credit had more restrictions than others because its way of expanding its fund base was risky: Securitization
2.Bank was nationalized after the 2008 financial crisis as it was unable to replay taxpayer’s money
3. Many purchases were made at wrong times like the purchase of home ground of Newcastle Falcons Rugby Club for 15m pound which was done three weeks before the bank had to appeal to Bank of England for emergency loan


1. Sold to Virgin Money in 2012 and hence confidence among people was restored
2. Bank of England stepped into to give the bank an emergency loan giving it an opportunity to restore confidence among its customers


1. Shares of the bank fell after it approached for help to the Bank of England
2.Northern bank was built around mortgage business and hence it was very risky
3.Slow-down in the UK housing market as a result of financial troubles



1.Bank of England
2.Allied Irish Bank
3.Halifax Bank

The table above concludes the Northern Rock SWOT analysis along with its marketing and brand parameters.


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