Bank of Dave
About the Show
Convinced that he can do a better job than the high street banks, Dave Fishwick sets up his own small bank and endeavours to make it profitable - in just 180 days
Fighting the Fat Cats
The day after Bank of Dave first aired, local people queued to put money into Dave's care and the world's press flocked to Burnley to see his 'bank' in action. Politicians from all sides were quick to jump on Dave's banking bus to show their support and praise his common sense.
Hailed by many as the 'People's Banker', Dave received letters pleading for him to open a branch in other towns too. But not everyone was a fan - the FSA (Financial Services Authority), which regulates the banking industry, had its own nasty surprise in store...
Has Dave managed to get the banking world to listen? Have the naysayers of the banking world eaten their words? Has the promised support of the politicians turned into real policy reform? And was Dave able to stand up to the regulator and keep his tiny local 'bank' open for business?
Time for Change
David takes to the road in his battle-bank - a converted minibus, complete with its own cash machine and safe. He visits the Bank of England, and also meets Vince Cable, Secretary of State for Business, and former spin-doctor Alastair Campbell.
David Fishwick's tiny 'bank' is finally beginning to help the people of Burnley. He visits some of the businesses he's helped, to see what effect his loans have had and see if the bank has broken even in the first six months of business.
Is there a future for the Bank of Dave?
How to Open a 'Bank'
In the first episode Dave learns about how banks operate. Almost everyone he meets in banking tells Dave to forget the idea. But the people of Burnley still support him and Dave presses ahead anyway.
Together with help from local businesses and tradesmen Dave turns a tiny old flower shop into Burnley's very own 'bank' and has a grand opening.
From a busker needing a loan for a new amplifier to a tropical fish store, Dave meets people in the community who until now have been unable to borrow money.
The money begins pouring out of the 'bank' - and it starts to make a real difference to the town, but not much is coming in.
Bank of Dave synopsis
Convinced that he can do a better job than the high street banks, Dave Fishwick sets up his own small bank and endeavours to make it profitable - in just 180 daysEpisode Guide >