Cover Story

CEO Interview: Opening the gate to an expanding retail universe

The pace is rapidly picking up for the UK’s Islamic retail proposition as its Islamic banks gear up to expand their offerings and get set for a surge in activity. In one of his first interviews since joining Gatehouse Bank as CEO in May 2017,...


Special Feature

Al Rayan Bank: A brand new plan for expansion

Al Rayan Bank has been a pioneer of the UK Islamic banking sector since it was founded in 2004. The bank has enjoyed unprecedented growth in recent years, and in November was rated ‘Aa3’ by Moody’s – the first Islamic bank in the UK to...


Market Insights

Conventional lenders identify opportunity in Islamic financing arena

Despite some negative sentiment relating to the retail environment, lenders continue to have strong appetite to lend against high quality retail investment assets that are let to financially strong tenants. However, conventional providers are now...


Inward Investment

Strong demand for warehouse assets expected in 2018

Reassuringly, the ongoing Brexit negotiations have not cast a damper on overseas investment into the UK as expected – in fact, interest continues to grow, and investors are increasingly expanding their horizons to look outside London for new...


UK Abroad

UK Crown Dependency offers unique access to equality in Islamic succession planning

The UK is well-known as the biggest Islamic finance market outside of the Muslim world – but it is not just the mainland that is mustering its forces in the field. Territories supported by the British crown are leveraging their own unique...


Supervision & Oversight

New Shariah compliant facility to expand options for UK Islamic banks

The bank of England is working on a new Shariah compliant deposit facility to allow UK Islamic banks to hold central bank assets as part of their liquid assets buffer. This month, the Bank of England explains the current UK requirements for...


News Briefs

News Briefs

A brief but comprehensive summery of all the latest Islamic finance news with a direct impact on the UK market.