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Cynergy Bank Logo
Cynergy Bank Cynergy Business Current Account
Overdraft Rate (EAR)
Negotiable
Interest Rate (AER)
1.50%
Account Fee
£0.00 pm for 12 Months then £25.00 pm
Account Management
Not Available At Branch Not Available By Mail Available By Telephone Available Online Not Available By Mobile
Incentives
Account opening incentive
Start up incentive
Switcher incentive
Go To Provider's Site
General Account Details
Arranged Overdraft
Credit Interest Rates
Unarranged Overdraft
Benefits

General Account Details

Min Turnover £0
Max Turnover £0
Available To
Businesses
Co-operatives

Arranged Overdraft

Arranged Overdraft Available
Overdraft Rate
£0.01 +
Negotiable
Usage Fee N/A
Fee Free Overdraft Buffer N/A

Credit Interest Rates

Balance
Gross Rate %
AER %
£0.01 - £25000.00
1.49%
1.50%
£25000.01+
0.25%
0.25%

Unarranged Overdraft

Unarranged Overdraft Available
Overdraft Rate
£0.01 +
21.84% EAR
Usage Fee N/A
Fee Free Overdraft Buffer N/A

Benefits

Starling Bank Logo
Starling Bank Sole Trader Current Account
Overdraft Rate (EAR)
N/A
Interest Rate (AER)
0.00%
Account Fee
N/A
Account Management
Not Available At Branch Available By Mail Available By Telephone Available Online Available By Mobile
Incentives
Account opening incentive
Start up incentive
Switcher incentive
Go To Provider's Site
General Account Details
Arranged Overdraft
Credit Interest Rates
Unarranged Overdraft
Benefits

General Account Details

Min Turnover £0
Max Turnover £0
Available To
Businesses

Arranged Overdraft

Arranged Overdraft Available

Credit Interest Rates

Balance
Gross Rate %
AER %
£0.01+
0.00%
0.00%

Unarranged Overdraft

Unarranged Overdraft Available
Overdraft Rate
£0.01 +
15.00% EAR
Usage Fee N/A
Fee Free Overdraft Buffer N/A

Benefits

Tide Logo
Tide Free Business Account
Overdraft Rate (EAR)
N/A
Interest Rate (AER)
0.00%
Account Fee
N/A
Account Management
Not Available At Branch Not Available By Mail Not Available By Telephone Available Online Available By Mobile
Incentives
Account opening incentive
Start up incentive
Switcher incentive
Go To Provider's Site
General Account Details
Arranged Overdraft
Credit Interest Rates
Unarranged Overdraft
Benefits

General Account Details

Min Turnover £0
Max Turnover £0
Available To
Businesses

Arranged Overdraft

Arranged Overdraft Available

Credit Interest Rates

Balance
Gross Rate %
AER %
£0.01+
0.00%
0.00%

Unarranged Overdraft

Unarranged Overdraft Available

Benefits

Exclusive offers with this account
The Co-operative Bank Logo
The Co-operative Bank Business Directplus - Credit balance £1K or more
Overdraft Rate (EAR)
11.85%
Interest Rate (AER)
0.00%
Account Fee
£7.00 pm
Account Management
Available At Branch Available By Mail Available By Telephone Available Online Available By Mobile
Incentives
Account opening incentive
Start up incentive
Switcher incentive
Go To Provider's Site
General Account Details
Arranged Overdraft
Credit Interest Rates
Unarranged Overdraft
Benefits

General Account Details

Min Turnover £0
Max Turnover £0
Available To
Accountants
Associations
Businesses
Client Monies
Client Monies - Designated
Embassies
Estate Agents
Executors
Financial Intermediaries
Pension Fund Managers
Schools/Colleges
Scottish Solicitors
SIPP Trustees/Administrators
Social Enterprises
Solicitors
Trade Unions
Trust Fund

Arranged Overdraft

Arranged Overdraft Available
Overdraft Rate
£0.01 - £25000.00
11.85% EAR
£25000.01 - £250000.00
Negotiable
Usage Fee N/A
Fee Free Overdraft Buffer N/A

Credit Interest Rates

Balance
Gross Rate %
AER %
£0.01+
0.00%
0.00%

Unarranged Overdraft

Unarranged Overdraft Available
Overdraft Rate
£0.01 - £25000.00
25.59% EAR
£25000.01 - £250000.00
Negotiable
Usage Fee N/A
Fee Free Overdraft Buffer N/A

Benefits

Account opening incentive (other than cash)
Exclusive offers with this account
The Co-operative Bank Logo
The Co-operative Bank Standard Tariff
Overdraft Rate (EAR)
11.85%
Interest Rate (AER)
0.00%
Account Fee
£10.00 pm
Account Management
Available At Branch Available By Mail Available By Telephone Available Online Available By Mobile
Incentives
Account opening incentive
Start up incentive
Switcher incentive
Go To Provider's Site
General Account Details
Arranged Overdraft
Credit Interest Rates
Unarranged Overdraft
Benefits

General Account Details

Min Turnover £0
Max Turnover £0
Available To
Accountants
Associations
Businesses
Charities
Client Monies
Client Monies - Designated
Clubs
Co-operatives
Embassies
Estate Agents
Executors
Financial Intermediaries
Pension Fund Managers
Schools/Colleges
Scottish Solicitors
SIPP Trustees/Administrators
Social Enterprises
Solicitors
Trade Unions
Trust Fund

Arranged Overdraft

Arranged Overdraft Available
Overdraft Rate
£0.01 - £25000.00
11.85% EAR
£25000.01 - £250000.00
Negotiable
Usage Fee N/A
Fee Free Overdraft Buffer N/A

Credit Interest Rates

Balance
Gross Rate %
AER %
£0.01+
0.00%
0.00%

Unarranged Overdraft

Unarranged Overdraft Available
Overdraft Rate
£0.01 - £25000.00
25.59% EAR
£25000.01 - £250000.00
Negotiable
Usage Fee N/A
Fee Free Overdraft Buffer N/A

Benefits

Exclusive offers with this account
The Co-operative Bank Logo
The Co-operative Bank FSB Business Banking
Overdraft Rate (EAR)
11.85%
Interest Rate (AER)
0.00%
Account Fee
N/A
Account Management
Available At Branch Available By Mail Available By Telephone Available Online Available By Mobile
Incentives
Account opening incentive
Start up incentive
Switcher incentive
Go To Provider's Site
General Account Details
Arranged Overdraft
Credit Interest Rates
Unarranged Overdraft
Benefits

General Account Details

Min Turnover £0
Max Turnover £0
Available To
Accountants
Associations
Businesses
Client Monies
Client Monies - Designated
Embassies
Estate Agents
Executors
Financial Intermediaries
Pension Fund Managers
Schools/Colleges
Scottish Solicitors
SIPP Trustees/Administrators
Social Enterprises
Solicitors
Trade Unions
Trust Fund

Arranged Overdraft

Arranged Overdraft Available
Overdraft Rate
£0.01 - £25000.00
11.85% EAR
£25000.01 - £250000.00
Negotiable
Usage Fee N/A
Fee Free Overdraft Buffer N/A

Credit Interest Rates

Balance
Gross Rate %
AER %
£0.01+
0.00%
0.00%

Unarranged Overdraft

Unarranged Overdraft Available
Overdraft Rate
£0.01 - £25000.00
25.59% EAR
£25000.01 - £250000.00
Negotiable
Usage Fee N/A
Fee Free Overdraft Buffer N/A

Benefits

Exclusive offers with this account
The Co-operative Bank Logo
The Co-operative Bank Business Directplus - Credit balance below £1K
Overdraft Rate (EAR)
11.85%
Interest Rate (AER)
0.00%
Account Fee
£7.00 pm
Account Management
Available At Branch Available By Mail Available By Telephone Available Online Available By Mobile
Incentives
Account opening incentive
Start up incentive
Switcher incentive
Go To Provider's Site
General Account Details
Arranged Overdraft
Credit Interest Rates
Unarranged Overdraft
Benefits

General Account Details

Min Turnover £0
Max Turnover £0
Available To
Accountants
Associations
Businesses
Client Monies
Client Monies - Designated
Embassies
Estate Agents
Executors
Financial Intermediaries
Pension Fund Managers
Schools/Colleges
Scottish Solicitors
SIPP Trustees/Administrators
Social Enterprises
Solicitors
Trade Unions
Trust Fund

Arranged Overdraft

Arranged Overdraft Available
Overdraft Rate
£0.01 - £25000.00
11.85% EAR
£25000.01 - £250000.00
Negotiable
Usage Fee N/A
Fee Free Overdraft Buffer N/A

Credit Interest Rates

Balance
Gross Rate %
AER %
£0.01+
0.00%
0.00%

Unarranged Overdraft

Unarranged Overdraft Available
Overdraft Rate
£0.01 - £25000.00
25.59% EAR
£25000.01 - £250000.00
Negotiable
Usage Fee N/A
Fee Free Overdraft Buffer N/A

Benefits

Exclusive offers with this account
The Co-operative Bank Logo
The Co-operative Bank Business Current Account
Overdraft Rate (EAR)
11.85%
Interest Rate (AER)
0.00%
Account Fee
N/A
Account Management
Available At Branch Available By Mail Available By Telephone Available Online Available By Mobile
Incentives
Account opening incentive
Start up incentive
Switcher incentive
Go To Provider's Site
General Account Details
Arranged Overdraft
Credit Interest Rates
Unarranged Overdraft
Benefits

General Account Details

Min Turnover £0
Max Turnover £0
Available To
Accountants
Associations
Charities
Client Monies
Client Monies - Designated
Clubs
Co-operatives
Embassies
Estate Agents
Executors
Financial Intermediaries
Pension Fund Managers
Schools/Colleges
Scottish Solicitors
SIPP Trustees/Administrators
Social Enterprises
Solicitors
Trade Unions
Trust Fund

Arranged Overdraft

Arranged Overdraft Available
Overdraft Rate
£0.01 - £25000.00
11.85% EAR
£25000.01 - £250000.00
Negotiable
Usage Fee N/A
Fee Free Overdraft Buffer N/A

Credit Interest Rates

Balance
Gross Rate %
AER %
£0.01+
0.00%
0.00%

Unarranged Overdraft

Unarranged Overdraft Available
Overdraft Rate
£0.01 - £25000.00
25.59% EAR
£25000.01 - £250000.00
Negotiable
Usage Fee N/A
Fee Free Overdraft Buffer N/A

Benefits

Exclusive offers with this account
The Co-operative Bank Logo
The Co-operative Bank Cash Tariff
Overdraft Rate (EAR)
11.85%
Interest Rate (AER)
0.00%
Account Fee
£10.00 pm
Account Management
Available At Branch Available By Mail Available By Telephone Available Online Available By Mobile
Incentives
Account opening incentive
Start up incentive
Switcher incentive
Go To Provider's Site
General Account Details
Arranged Overdraft
Credit Interest Rates
Unarranged Overdraft
Benefits

General Account Details

Min Turnover £0
Max Turnover £0
Available To
Accountants
Associations
Charities
Client Monies
Client Monies - Designated
Clubs
Co-operatives
Embassies
Estate Agents
Executors
Financial Intermediaries
Pension Fund Managers
Schools/Colleges
Scottish Solicitors
SIPP Trustees/Administrators
Social Enterprises
Solicitors
Trade Unions
Trust Fund

Arranged Overdraft

Arranged Overdraft Available
Overdraft Rate
£0.01 - £25000.00
11.85% EAR
£25000.01 - £250000.00
Negotiable
Usage Fee N/A
Fee Free Overdraft Buffer N/A

Credit Interest Rates

Balance
Gross Rate %
AER %
£0.01+
0.00%
0.00%

Unarranged Overdraft

Unarranged Overdraft Available
Overdraft Rate
£0.01 - £25000.00
25.59% EAR
£25000.01 - £250000.00
Negotiable
Usage Fee N/A
Fee Free Overdraft Buffer N/A

Benefits

Exclusive offers with this account
NatWest Logo
NatWest Business Current Account - Standard Tariff
Overdraft Rate (EAR)
15.03%
Interest Rate (AER)
0.00%
Account Fee
N/A
Account Management
Available At Branch Available By Mail Available By Telephone Available Online Available By Mobile
Incentives
Account opening incentive
Start up incentive
Switcher incentive
Go To Provider's Site
General Account Details
Arranged Overdraft
Credit Interest Rates
Unarranged Overdraft
Benefits

General Account Details

Min Turnover £0
Max Turnover £0
Available To
Accountants
Associations
AVC Trustees
Businesses
Charities
Churches
Client Monies
Client Monies - Designated
Clubs
Co-operatives
Embassies
Estate Agents
Executors
Financial Intermediaries
Friendly Societies
Pension Fund Managers
Schools/Colleges
Scottish Solicitors
SIPP Trustees/Administrators
Social Enterprises
Solicitors
Trade Unions
Trust Fund

Arranged Overdraft

Arranged Overdraft Available
Overdraft Rate
£0.01 - £5000.00
15.03% EAR
£5000.01 - £25000.00
14.92% EAR
£25000.01 +
Negotiable
Usage Fee N/A
Fee Free Overdraft Buffer N/A

Credit Interest Rates

Balance
Gross Rate %
AER %
£0.01+
0.00%
0.00%

Unarranged Overdraft

Unarranged Overdraft Available
Overdraft Rate
£0.01 +
15.87% EAR
Usage Fee N/A
Fee Free Overdraft Buffer N/A

Benefits

Account start-up incentive
Account switching incentive (other than cash)
Adviser offering financial services
Emergency Cash Service
Exclusive offers with this account
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Moneyfacts Star Ratings

For over 30 years Moneyfacts has been analysing financial products and the Moneyfacts Star Ratings are the badge of quality for the retail financial industry. Every year, impartial Product Experts assess the features of financial products to identify the very best available in the market.

When looking at products a number of factors are taken into consideration. These include how many features a product has and whether it has any additional benefits, optional extras or add-ons that make it stand out from the rest of the products on the market.

How do we decide which business current accounts get the highest ratings?

The Moneyfacts Star Ratings for Business Current Accounts are based on the weighting of specific product features, that are likely to be the most relevant to those looking to take out a card.

A considerable number of features will add to the final score, and some of this information includes:

Flexibility

  • Account management
  • Card availability
  • Services from other banks and branches

Benefits

  • Loyalty bonus
  • Exclusive offers
  • Satisfaction guarantees
  • Emergency card
  • Preferential deals on other
    financial products

Features

  • Introductory offers
  • Credit interest
  • Overdraft availability
  • Standing charges
  • Cash withdrawal facilities and charges
  • Debit transaction charges
  • Credit transaction charges
  • Statement fees
  • Transfers and faster payments
  • Facilities and charges
  • Cash exchanging facilities and charges

Flexibility

  • Account management
  • Card availability
  • Services from other banks and branches

Benefits

  • Loyalty bonus
  • Exclusive offers
  • Satisfaction guarantees
  • Emergency card
  • Preferential deals on other
    financial products

Features

  • Introductory offers
  • Credit interest
  • Overdraft availability
  • Standing charges
  • Cash withdrawal facilities and charges
  • Debit transaction charges
  • Credit transaction charges
  • Statement fees
  • Transfers and faster payments
  • Facilities and charges
  • Cash exchanging facilities and charges

Flexibility

  • Account management
  • Card availability
  • Services from other banks and branches

Benefits

  • Loyalty bonus
  • Exclusive offers
  • Satisfaction guarantees
  • Emergency card
  • Preferential deals on other
    financial products

Features

  • Introductory offers
  • Credit interest
  • Overdraft availability
  • Standing charges
  • Cash withdrawal facilities and charges
  • Debit transaction charges
  • Credit transaction charges
  • Statement fees
  • Transfers and faster payments
  • Facilities and charges
  • Cash exchanging facilities and charges

Business Current Account Star Ratings 2023

Click the headings below to see the full list of star ratings awarded.

Business Current Accounts - Five Star

AIB - Standard Business Current Account
Bank of Scotland - Business Current Account
Barclays Bank - Business Current Account e-Payments Plan
Cumberland BS - Business Current Option A
Cumberland BS - Business Current Option B
HSBC - Small Business Banking Account
HSBC - Business Banking Account
Lloyds Bank - Business Current Account
Metro Bank - Business Bank Account
Metro Bank - Client Premium Deposit Account
NatWest - Business Current Account Standard Tariff
NatWest - Business Foundation Account Standard Tariff
NatWest - Community Account
Royal Bank of Scotland - Business Current Account Standard Tariff
Royal Bank of Scotland - Business Foundation Account Foundation
Royal Bank of Scotland - Community Account
Santander - 123 Business Current Account
Santander - Business Current Account
Starling Bank - Business Current Account
The Co-operative Bank - Business Current Account
The Co-operative Bank - Business Directplus
The Co-operative Bank - Cash Tariff
The Co-operative Bank - Community Directplus
The Co-operative Bank - FSB Business Banking
TSB - Business Plus
Ulster Bank - Business Current Account
Virgin Money - Business Current Account Business Tariff
Virgin Money - Professional Firms Client Account Designated Clients Funds

Business Current Accounts - Four Star

Allied Irish Bank (GB) - Business Current Extra
Allied Irish Bank (GB) - Business Plus
Bank of Scotland - Business Banking Clients' Call Account
Barclays Bank - Business Current Account Mixed Payments Plan
Danske Bank - Danske Small Business Digital
Lloyds Bank - Business Banking Clients’ Call Account
Starling Bank - Sole Trader Current Account
The Co-operative Bank - Standard Tariff
Virgin Money - M Account for Business

Community Business Current Accounts - Five Star

Bank of Scotland - Treasurers’ Account
Barclays Bank - Charity and Impact Account
Cumberland BS - Business Current Schools Standard Free
Lloyds Bank - Treasurers’ Account
Santander - Treasurer’s Current Account
Ulster Bank - Business Current Account Community Bank Account
Virgin Money - Charities Choice Account

Community Business Current Accounts - Four Star

Danske Bank - Danske Charity Account
Danske Bank - Danske Community Account
HSBC - Charitable Bank Account
Metro Bank - Community Account

A guide to business current accounts

What is a business current account?

A business current account allows you to keep your personal and business finances and transactions separate. They are available to all types of businesses, including limited companies, partnerships and for people who are self-employed. They are available to business start-ups, through to more mature businesses.

They are like personal bank accounts, providing debit cards for purchases, allowing you to pay money in and make withdrawals. You can also apply for a business overdraft if you need short-term help with your cashflow.

However, their main difference is in their charging structure. Traditionally, business bank accounts came with a set of monthly and transactional fees, for example every time you paid in cash, issued a cheque or made a bank transfer a fee would be applied. However, in recent times, new competition has entered the market with more online business bank accounts now available. Many of these offer no or lower monthly fees and lower costs to operate your account. And, unlike many traditional business bank accounts, many also require no credit check, making them almost universally available and quick to open – albeit there will be no overdraft facility with these.

How to choose a business current account

Your choice of business current account will depend on the accounts your business is eligible for (usually based on your business type), what you need the account to do and how much it will cost your business. You will also need to decide if you want to open an account from a high street bank or from an online provider of business bank accounts.

  1. Check eligibility.
  2. Review the key features and check the account can do what you need.
  3. Check the costs of the account and find the most economical.
  4. Make sure you can access your account when and where you need to.

 

 

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Make sure the account does what you need - review key features and services

Business bank accounts have a range of services available:

 

  • Integration with accounting software and apps – this helps you to save time when managing your VAT returns or your expenses.
  • Overdrafts – this lets you borrow money on a temporary basis, but they can come with costly fees and interest rates.
  • Online banking services – this is available through your provider’s website or app.
  • Branch and phone banking, which is usually available from high street banks so you can pay in cash and make withdrawals over the counter.
  • Post Office banking service – if your bank is not near to you, then a Post Office might be, allowing you to pay cash or cheques into your business bank account.
  • Cheque books – these allow you to make payments, and, although they are used less and less, they can be useful for larger payments or payments sent by post where an online transfer is not possible.
  • Debit cards and prepaid cards – these allow you and your employees to spend money, and some cards allow you to set spending limits helping you to control expenses.
  • Interest rates – these can be good or bad depending on whether your business account is in credit or debit.

 

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Check the costs and find the most economical business account

A business bank account typically consists of a series of monthly and transaction fees, overdraft interest rates and credit interest rates.
Monthly fees or standing charges range from £0 to £30, with a market average fee of high street banks at around £6 per month.
Transaction fees for bank accounts are often charged for:

  • Withdrawing cash
  • Cheque payments or debits
  • Receiving or making electronic payments
  • Debit card purchases
  • Receiving income from card payments
  • Overdraft usage.

The charging structure of business bank accounts can also include tiered rates based on the level of income your deposit into the account each month and the number of payment cards you need for employees.
You can compare the cost of overdrafts by looking at the Equivalent Annual Rate (EAR). This is the percentage interest rate cost applied to any borrowing on your business overdraft.

Check eligibility

Business bank accounts may offer different accounts to different business types:

  • Sole trader
  • Partnership
  • Limited liability partnership
  • Limited company
  • Public limited company
  • Not for profit organisation.

Check the access rules for your business account

You can usually access your funds, make payments and transfers through internet banking, apps, by phone or in branch. Some of the accounts that are from online providers only will restrict you to accessing your account online only.

High street bank or online business bank account?

New online challengers have entered the business bank account market offering exclusively online banking services only for businesses, often through apps. They are responding to the needs of smaller businesses looking for easier and lower-cost ways to manage their business banking. The choice between a high street bank or an online business bank account will depend on the costs of their services, the importance of accessing a physical branch, the range of services you need, whether access to an overdraft is required and the importance of integrating with accountancy apps. How the two types of provider are regulated is also different, and this is also an important consideration when making your choice between the two.

What is the best business account for a small business?

The right bank account can make all the difference to the small business owner, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy to make the right decision. It’s important to consider things like fees and overdraft charges, as well as practical considerations such as app functionality and how seamlessly it can integrate into your business.

Yet the very best business account for a small business will likely come down to your unique business requirements, which is why it’s so important to thoroughly compare the options. Our table above is a good place to start.

Find our more about starting a small business.

Are online business banking apps and accounts safe to use?

There are two different types of providers offering business banking apps: those that offer a prepaid business card and those offering broader services more like a traditional business bank account. The former is useful for helping to manage the day-to-day expenses of your business and often integrate with accountancy apps for business, making your invoicing and bookkeeping easier.

It’s also important to know that these types of online providers are regulated in a different way to the high street banks. For example, money held with these providers is not covered by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS). Traditional banks will have this cover for most non-financial businesses. We explain more in our guide FSCS for businesses and charities. Those providers offering payment services such as direct debits and standing orders are required by UK regulation to keep all the monies of their accounts in a safeguarded account separate to the provider’s accounts. This means the money should be safe if the firm goes bust. These organisations may also not be based in the UK, but usually they will then have some form of agreement to operate in the UK using the registered status in their home nation. You may also find that if you have a complaint about the provider, you can not escalate this to the Financial Services Ombudsman.

What are the benefits of a business current account?

  • It makes it easier to complete tax returns as your business transactions and income are not tied up with your personal affairs.
  • Some business accounts offer switching incentives and cashback.
  • New businesses can benefit from reduced monthly fees on some accounts.
  • If you employ staff, then you can use the account to process and make salary payments.
  • The option to make international payments in a range of currencies.

How to open a business current account?

To open a business bank account, you will need to check the account is available to your type of business, prove your identity as a director or business owners and give some basic information about your business, such as Companies House registration details and turnover. In summary:

  1. Check the account is available for your type of business, for example some accounts will only accept limited companies, sole traders or charities.
  2. Get your personal ID ready for all company directors – for example, a passport or drivers’ licence.
  3. Find your Companies House registration or Registered Charity number; depending on your business structure, you may need to provide a partnership agreement, certificate of incorporation, trust deed or constitution (for clubs, charities, etc.).
  4. Have two to three years of audited accounts available; for new businesses, have your business plan and forecast cashflow available – you may also need to share your personal banking statements.
  5. Understand your company credit history.
  6. If you are switching your business bank account, bring your current bank statements.

How to open a business current account online?

Our comparison table above shows which accounts can be opened online. Most of the information can be completed online if the business bank account provider has its application forms integrated with Companies House and use credit reference agencies to check identities. However, you may also be asked for copies of ID and documents to prove the addresses of directors or business owners and copies of company contracts or website links if your business is a start-up.

Pros and cons of a business bank account

  • They come with features that personal bank accounts do not have, such as the option for employees to have a company debit card, special overdrafts and the ability to receive customers’ payments via debit or credit card.
  • It keeps your business transactions separate from your personal account, making it easier for tax return purposes.
  • Business bank account providers should be able to manage the larger volume of money flowing in and out of the account. Some offer specialist services such as night safes, which allow deposits to be made securely outside of normal business hours.
  • Providers should be knowledgeable about how businesses work and therefore able to help with much more than the basics. You may have access to a relationship manager.
  • While some free business bank accounts are available, most will come with a monthly or quarterly fee.
  • Beware that some business accounts charge high fees for overdrafts and other usages.
  • Not many offer a decent rate of interest on the money you keep in the account.

How to switch business current accounts

Even established businesses that have used the same bank account for years can benefit from switching their bank account and reducing their overall banking costs. Some banks also sweeten the deal with switching invectives.

Small businesses, charities and trusts can switch their business bank account in seven days; thanks to the Current Account Switch Guarantee service. Just make sure the bank you are opening an account with is a member of the scheme.

The length of time it can take to open an account will vary by provider and can range from same day to several weeks – many bank publish service quality data that can give an indication of timescales.

Businesses can keep the process as swift as possible by preparing all the required documentation for when they start the account opening process.

What are introductory offers or switching incentives?

A lot of banks will offer new business bank account customers free banking for a set period. This could significantly reduce your costs if you are a new start-up. However, while these offers may undoubtedly be cheaper in the near-term, take care when the introductory period ends. Although these introductory offers are ‘nice to have’, when selecting your account, you should be thinking of more mundane things, such as the costs and charges after the introductory period ends, as well as the level of customer service

Can you open a business current account with bad credit?

While a limited company or partnership is a legal entity in its own right, if their directors have a poor credit history, then the ability to open a business bank account with a high street bank could be limited. A guaranteed business bank account means you will be accepted no matter what your previous credit history. You will still need to meet their identity requirements and won’t be able to obtain a line of credit from the provider.
Read more in our guide to opening a business account with bad credit.

How to manage your business current account

Business bank accounts can be managed in branch, by phone, online or by app. You can compare these choices on our best buy chart above or by searching our full table.

How much can I pay into my business current account?

Many business bank accounts have a maximum balance in your account and, if this is exceeded, then you may be charged a fee.

Can you make international payments from your business current account?

Some business accounts allow international payments, but you will need to check the product features for this. You may find that using this increases your monthly account fee or there are additional transactional charges. You may find a specialist international money exchange company can offer better rates if you need to make payments abroad frequently.

Your account will need an International Bank Account Number (IBAN) to make international payments.

What is the best bank for a business account?

Every year, the impartial experts at Moneyfacts assess the flexibility, features and benefits of business bank accounts available from high street banks to identify the very best available in the market.

Find out who got the top business bank account ratings further up the page.

Can I use my personal bank account for my small business?

Most banks will include a condition in their personal account terms and conditions that the account is only for personal use and not for businesses. If you want to be 100% certain that you will not breach these conditions, then you should open a business bank account.
It is not a requirement of HMRC that businesses should have a separate business bank account, but they do require business owners to separate business and personal transactions.

Business bank account FAQs

How does a business bank account overdraft work?

A business bank account overdraft will need to be agreed with your bank first and will be for a set time period. You can compare the cost of overdrafts by looking at their interest rates, these are shown as Equivalent Annual Rate. There are usually differing rates for arranged and unarranged overdrafts.

Can you earn interest on your business bank account?

Credit interest rates do apply on some business bank accounts, but rates are usually not as good as a business savings account.

How to avoid unnecessary charges on your business account

Don’t exceed your overdraft limit or use an overdraft without this being arranged. If you do, you will find you are charged higher fees as a result. You can also look to minimise unnecessary transactions and to reduce your number of transactions.

Can you get a free business bank account?

Some banks will give businesses and start-ups free business banking.

Can you have more than one business bank account?

Yes there are no rules against having multiple business bank accounts.

Looking for a business savings account instead?

We can help you compare the best savings accounts and the best fixed rate bonds for businesses, as well as charity and club savings accounts and client accounts.  

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