Alliance & Leicester is a British bank owned by the Santander Group, one of the world's largest banking groups.
Alliance & Leicester was formed in 1985 through the merger of the Leicester Building Society and the Alliance Building Society, then it went on to become a bank in 1997 when it was floated on the London Stock Exchange.
In October 2008 Alliance & Leicester was acquired by the Spanish firm Banco Santander for around £1.26 billion.
Its headquarters are located in Leicestershire, England. The group also has presence in Ashford, Bootle, Leeds, Manchester, Wigan and Belfast, with all of its contact centres based in the United Kingdom.
The Banks main retail business is in the UK include Alliance & Leicester savings accounts
, mortgages, current accounts and personal loans. They also offer insurance, life assurance, unit trusts, personal current accounts and credit cards, asset financing and commercial lending.