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18 September 2017 : Press release Ipswich Building Society celebrates a successful partnership with the University of Suffolk Business School

Ipswich Building Society is celebrating a successful partnership with the University of Suffolk Business School after welcoming MBA student Yohana Evana to the Society for a month long internship.

  • Our Archive

    Take a step back in time through our treasured archive

    Our extensive archive features estate plans, ballots, minute books, passbooks, mortgage deeds and much more, dating back to our founding in 1849. The majority relates to Ipswich but also land in Felixstowe, Walton, Beccles, Hadleigh, Diss, Stowmarket, Wickham Market, Woodbridge, Framlingham and Lowestoft.

    In addition, whilst 95% of documents relate to Suffolk, there are references to places as far afield as Barbados. The collection also contains local deeds back to the 17th century.

    The majority of our archive material was transferred on permanent loan to Suffolk Record Office, to make it more accessible to the public. Each of our documents comes with a unique reference number that you can use to find the original document at the Record Office - this can be found beneath each description in bold.

    For more information, or if you would like particular estates or documents to be featured in this section, please e-mail us at


    Mortgage Document – 1893

    The mortgage document for Mr John Girling, who won the right to buy a property in a ballot.

    Mr John Girling saved with the Society for a number of years, and whilst renting a property in New Cardinal Street he also took out a loan to purchase land on the St Clements Estate in Ipswich. Our records show that the land was sold on again 4 years later.


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    Passbook – 1893

    A page from an original 1893 passbook relating to Mr John Girling, who borrowed £30 and paid back five shillings every fortnight


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    Map of Ipswich 1899 included in publication to celebrate 50th anniversary of Society

    This map shows in red the land developed in Ipswich by the Freehold Land Society up to 1899. After this came developments in Ipswich including Broomhill Road, Coronation Road, Devonshire Road & Back Hamlet, Kensington Road, Stoke Hall Road, Bramford Lane, Nacton Road, Leopold Road and Shafto Road.


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    Estate Plan and Front Elevations – 1903

    This estate plan for Brooks Hall Estate and Schreiber Road Estate also shows front elevation drawings for houses in Schreiber Road, Gatacre Road and Henslow Road.


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    Ballot Notice – 1886

    Ballot paper for six houses and land on Felixstowe Road Estate No 2, plot of land on Dover Road and Foxhall Road Estate No 2.


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  • About Us

    Corporate Social Responsibility

    The Society is proud of its place within the heart of the community in Suffolk, and we are dedicated to understanding and caring for the needs of our membership, staff, local businesses and the environment in which we live.

    We deliver this though our face to face contact and dialogue, the products and services we offer, our partnering arrangements, extending our agency network and our involvement with local charities and community groups. But that's not all - find out more here.

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    We've developed bespoke programmes for Year 2 (Money Days), Year 10 (Money Metrics) and Prison groups (Money Management).

    Our sessions, delivered by our trained staff, teach financial literacy through real life scenarios, including some fun and games for the young ones, and in schools they meet the needs of the National Curriculum.

    Since 2007 we've spent over 2,500 hours in the classroom, and extended our primary school programme with our app: My Puppy: Maths & Money. It's available on Android and Apple device, completely free to download and never asks for any payment.

    Having somewhere
    to call home

    We want to help people in Suffolk, and beyond, to have a roof over their head.

    From providing affordable and accessible home loans, through to our individual underwriting, we’ll help first time buyers onto the housing ladder and support homebuyers.

    We know having somewhere to call home extends further than this, and recognise the need for a sustainable housing market with suitable short term and emergency accommodation.

    We're working with local organisations to raise awareness of their services and helping them to address the housing needs within our county.

    Support and

    We look after the organisations which in turn care for the local communities in which we operate.

    At grass roots level we are part of Suffolk Community Foundation's Suffolk Fund.

    We also operate a Sponsorship Committee, meeting quarterly to distribute smaller grants. View the policy here and download the application form.

    However, we believe what we offer can go above and beyond a one off donation. We're keen to utilise our branch network and our staff to provide help-in-kind services. Some of the ways we could help include:

    - volunteering for staff, or even member volunteering events

    - promotion and leaflets in branches

    - supporting events by bringing along Pound the Hound and / or some of our community games

    We're always happy to discuss what may be possible. Simply get in touch.

  • About Us

    Work with us

    We call it work, but it’s so much more...

    A career with Ipswich Building Society is much more than a job. But then, we are much more than a mortgage and savings company.

    Unlike other financial institutions you might be considering, we have no shareholders. Instead we have many thousands of members, all equally important. It makes us a very democratic organisation, and one for whom values are more influential than rules.

    Our culture and outlook are distinctive too. We care about our people and their careers, making it a priority to nurture professional development as well as personal growth.

    There are also many more career opportunities than purely financial roles. As a growing organisation we need the whole range of operational and administrative support, in addition to technical and customer service roles.


    The pages in this section, and the video stories, explain what a career with Ipswich Building Society might be like, and should help you see if this is the organisation for you.

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    Highly rated, widely recognised

    It’s one thing to satisfy the Board, quite another to delight the industry.

    Peer group back slapping aside, industry accolades are a useful way of benchmarking your performance.

    Each programme is a way of gaining a perspective on the standards of the day and an opportunity to see how your policies and your performance measure up.

    Listed below are some recent successes.


    We hold Silver status as Investors in People – the government sponsored measure of training and development.

    WM 2014

    2014 What Mortgage Magazine Awards
    Highly Commended for ‘Best Regional Building Society’

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    1 Star Best Companies
    The most rigorous assessment of employee engagement, which looks at culture, team-working, giving back, leadership, and wellbeing.

    BITC Planters Awards REACCREDITATION 2015

    2015 Business in the Community National Awards
    Responsible Business Awards 2015 - Certificate of Reaccreditation -  in recognition of continued positive impact.  The Santander ‘Responsible Small Business of the Year’

  • About Us

    Growing Closer

    The small Society that’s big on local interest.

    We’re all about helping our members to grow and prosper. And we’re all about being local. We’ve been doing this since 1849, and we’re Suffolk through and through. We’re interested in what our members and the local community are doing and we want to roll up our sleeves and help out.

    It doesn’t end there. As a member, you own the Society. We don’t have external shareholders and all of our profits are reinvested into our branches and services, employees and capital. Helping the Society, our members and the community to keep growing long into the future.

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    We’re a safe place to grow your future; new homes, and nest eggs welcome.

    For over 165 years we’ve been helping members like you reach their full potential, supporting dreams and realising wishes – no matter how large or small.

    You’ll receive a fair deal with us, with clear information in a timely manner that is easy to understand.

    And, as a member of our mutual model, you get a slice of the pie. You’re part of All In – a special club for people like you. All In is all about ownership; feedback; volunteering and special events. To us, it makes sense. And we think it does to you too.


    Because we’re local, we’re closer to our members and our communities, supporting them to grow.

    Our roots are firmly in Suffolk, supporting the foundations of our branch towns and neighbours.

    We’ll get involved with volunteering, education, fundraising, grass roots funding and help in kind.

    It’s all because we want to improve the areas we serve, and where our members and staff live and work. Because if the local community is flourishing, we grow too.


    We look after our employees, so they can look after you even better.

    We know our members love dealing with real people, with the knowledge and experience to deal with every situation, and our people love speaking to members too.

    We invest in our employees in many ways. Some of this is by providing training and development, encouraging volunteering and involvement in our financial education programmes, and supporting their health and wellbeing.

    We know that our service is only as good as the smiles on their faces.

  • Ipswich (Town Centre)01473 230211Email usBranch information
  • Ipswich (Ravenswood)01473 273736Email usBranch information
  • Aldeburgh01728 453840Email usBranch information
  • Hadleigh01473 827373Email usBranch information
  • Halesworth01986 875133Email usBranch information
  • Haverhill01440 710720Email usBranch information
  • Saxmundham01728 603876Email usBranch information
  • Sudbury01787 375388Email usBranch information
  • Woodbridge01394 380537Email usBranch information
  • Capel St Mary 01473 311558 Email us Branch information
  • Felixstowe 01394 282037 Email us Branch information
  • Mildenhall 01638 711171 Email us Branch information
  • Southwold 01502 723308 Email us Branch information

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