1989 – The Prudential – ‘I want to be a Tree’

1989 advert for The Prudential ‘I want to be a tree’ version

The Company was founded on 30 May 1848 in Hatton Garden in London as The Prudential Mutual Assurance Investment and Loan Association providing loans to professional and working people.

In 1854 the Company began selling the relatively new concept of industrial branch insurance policies to the working class population for premiums as low as one penny through agents acting as door to door salesmen. The army of premium collection agents was for many years identified with the Prudential as the “Man from the Pru”.

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1981 Anglia Building Society

The Anglia Building Society in the United Kingdom was originally formed by the merger of the Northampton Town and County and Leicestershire building societies in 1966. In 1987, it merged with Nationwide Building Society, becoming Nationwide Anglia Building Society before reverting to the Nationwide name in 1992.

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1979 National Girobank

1979 National Girobank

Girobank was a British public sector financial institution founded in 1968 by the General Post Office. It started life as the National Giro but went through several name changes, becoming National Girobank, then Girobank Plc (latterly trading as Alliance & Leicester Giro), before merging into Alliance & Leicester Commercial Bank (now part of Santander Corporate Banking) in 2003.

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1984 Midland Bank Free Banking

1984 commercial for Midland Bank Free Banking!!!.

Midland Bank Plc was one of the Big Four banking groups in the United Kingdom for most of the 20th century. It is now part of HSBC. The bank was founded as the Birmingham and Midland Bank in Union Street, Birmingham, England in August 1836. It expanded in the Midlands, absorbing many local banks, and merged with the Central Bank of London Ltd in 1891, becoming the London City and Midland Bank. After a period of nationwide expansion, including the acquisition of many smaller banks, the name Midland Bank Ltd was adopted in 1923. By 1934 it was the largest deposit bank in the world. It was listed on the London Stock Exchange and was once a constituent of the FTSE 100 Index but in 1992 it was taken over by HSBC Holdings plc.

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Prudential – I want to be a Brain Surgeon feat Jake Wood

Prudential – I want to be a Brain Surgeon commercial featuring Jake Wood of East Enders fame.

Established in 1848, today Prudential plc is an international financial services company with a product range including personal banking, insurance, pensions and retail investments, institutional fund management and property investments.

In the UK we are a leading life and pensions provider with around seven million customers.

M&G was acquired by Prudential in 1999. It is the Group’s UK and European fund manager, responsible for managing £290 billion (as at 31 December 2009).

In Asia, we are the leading European life insurer with life and fund management operations in 13 countries serving some seven million customers.

In the US, we own Jackson National Life, a leading life insurance company, and has almost three million policies and contracts in force.


Legal & General 1977

Advert for Legal & General from 1977.

Legal & General was formed by Sergeant John Adams and five other lawyers in June 1836 in a Chancery Lane coffee shop. Originally called the New Law Life Assurance Society, the society was restricted to those in the legal profession. The name was changed to Legal & General Life Assurance Society to reflect that policies were available to the general public but with share ownership restricted to those in the legal profession.

The group expanded in the UK and soon began to acquire overseas life assurance companies, purchasing a pensions business from the Metropolitan Life Assurance Company of New York in the 1930s.