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Barclays Business Current Account
Why we like it: Tiered interest: £1 to £10,000 – 1.10% Gross/AER, £10,001 to £50,000 – 1.33% Gross/AER, £50,001 to £500,000 – 1.38% Gross/AER. Unlimited payments and withdrawals. Interest paid annually. Open in a single or a joint name. Maximum deposit £500,000. Open and manage account online. FSCS Protected. Must be UK resident. Must be aged 16 or older
Why we like it: Interest paid annually. Open in a single or a joint name. Maximum deposit £250,000. FSCS Protected. Winner of Platinum Feefo Trusted Service Award in 2021. Must be UK resident and be aged 18 or older. No withdrawals permitted
Why we like it: Interest paid on maturity. Automatic repayment to your linked account. Maximum deposit £250,000. FSCS Protected. Must have a UK residential address and be aged 18 or older. No withdrawals permitted. Can’t have held an Investec Online Flexi Saver or Fixed Rate Saver in the last 12 months
Why we like it: Which? Recommended Savings Provider. No notice period. Deposit from £100. Interest paid monthly or annually. Apply in minutes. Your eligible deposits with RCI Bank UK Limited are protected up to a total of £85,000 by the Financial Services. Compensation Scheme (FSCS)
Why we like it: SPECIAL OFFER - Get £150 when you switch to a First Direct 1st Account, or if you're not ready to switch £20 welcome when you open a current account. You also get access to a 3.5% AER/gross fixed for 12 months Regular Saver Account if saving between £25 and £300 a month (up to £3,600 per year). £250 interest-free overdraft (subject to status). No minimum monthly funding and no monthly account fee. Mobile banking app. UK based contact centre. For the £150 switching cash offer you need to open a 1st Account, switch your everyday banking to us using the Current Account Switch Service and pay in at least £1,000 within three months of opening the account. To get the £20 welcome cash offer you need to open a 1st Account and log into our app / online banking within three months of opening the account. This offer can’t be added to any other joiner or switcher offer
Why we like it: Earn 0.75% AER (variable) interest on balances up to a maximum of £20,000. Up to 3% cashback on household bills - 1% on council tax bills, Mobile and home phone bills, broadband and paid-for TV packages, and Santander monthly mortgage payments. 2% on Gas and electricity bills, Santander Home Insurance premiums and Santander Life Insurance premiums, and 3% on water bills. Monthly fee of £4. Cashback capped at £5 for each cashback tier each month. Must pay in £500 pm. Bank is registered with the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS), so any money you keep will be fully protected, up to £85,000.
Why we like it: Free current account. Pays 0.05% AER interest on balances up to £85,000. Get set up in minutes. Send money abroad: Fast and secure money transfers to bank accounts in 38 countries worldwide. No fees when you pay with your card abroad or withdraw money. Get a spotlight on your spending: See what you’ve spent instantly with real-time payment notifications. 3 month interest holiday on the first £500 of an arranged overdraft. Voted best British Bank and Best Current Account 2018 - 2021 at the British Bank Awards. Awarded 5 stars by Defaqto. Bank is registered with the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS), so any money you keep will be fully protected, up to £85,000
Why we like it: Save from £5,000 to £500,000. No additional deposits or withdrawals permitted. FSCS Protected
Why we like it: Instant access to your savings. Unlimited deposits and withdrawals. Interest paid monthly, either to a linked current account, or adding it to your Online Flexi Saver account. Easy application process, you just need a UK mobile phone and UK driving licence or passport. Manage account online. Maximum balance £250,000. Must be aged 18 or older and have a UK address. Must have a linked UK current account. Your eligible deposits with Investec Bank are protected up to a total of £85,000 by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS)
Why we like it: Unlimited payments and withdrawals. Interest paid annually. Open in a single or a joint name. Maximum deposit £250,000. FSCS Protected. Winner of Platinum Feefo Trusted Service Award in 2021. Must be UK resident and be aged 18 or older
Why we like it: Register for a free Raisin UK Account to apply for product and receive a £25 cash bonus for deposits of £10,000 or more. Interest paid monthly. Maximum deposit £85,000. FSCS Protected. Must be UK resident and aged 18 or older.
Why we like it: Unlimited payments and withdrawals. Interest paid annually. Open in a single or a joint name. Maximum deposit £500,000. Open and manage account online. FSCS Protected. Must be UK resident. Must be aged 16 or older
Compare Barclays business current accounts
Barclays is one of the UK’s best known high street banks offering both personal and business banking. They have different kinds of business current account to suit different types of customers, so it is a good idea to check exactly what their various accounts have to offer to see which might be a good fit for your company’s banking needs.
Types of Barclays business bank accounts
Barclays offer current accounts for businesses with two main payment plan options – these are their Mixed Payments Plan and e-Payments Plan.
With both plans you will receive a guaranteed level of support and a monthly loyalty reward, which means the longer you keep your business banking with Barclays, the less you will pay in bank charges. It is free to take cash out at an ATM and make internal electronic transfers with both plans, but other fees vary from plan to plan.
Mixed Payments Plan
This plan requires you to pay a small fee per transaction for electronic payments (in and out) and a slightly higher fee per £100 for cash payments (in and out). You will also need to pay per transaction for cheques and assisted payments (in and out) and pay a monthly account fee.
This account is ideal for business customers who will be taking and making payments in a range of ways on a regular basis.
With this plan, electronic payments in and out are free, but you will pay a higher rate per £100 for cash payments (in and out) and per transaction (in and out) for cheques and assisted payments compared to the Mixed Payments Plan. There is also a slightly higher monthly account fee.
This type of account is best for companies that take and make most of their payments electronically.
What to look for in a business bank account
Whether you choose to take out a business current account with Barclays, or decide to investigate what their competitors have to offer, there are certain key features it is worth looking out for:
- Interest rates paid on credit balances
- What overdraft facility is offered and any associated fees and interest rates
- Standing charges i.e. monthly or quarterly fees for having the account
- Transaction fees
- Introductory offers (such as 12 months free business banking)
- Online and phone banking (standard with most modern business accounts)
- Any extra financial tools offered (such as banking apps)
- How much support the bank provides with different types of business accounts
Find the best business current account for you
When sorting out your business banking, it is important to get the best deal possible. This can save you from paying more than you need to in fees and interest charges, and can help you earn money if you are likely to be in credit most of the time.
However, knowing which of the many banks and building societies on the market offers the best value for you can be difficult. This is why we offer a free business current account comparison tool, to help make your life easier.
All you have to do is head to the top of the page and you can see the key features of the best value accounts from all the leading lenders. This means you can easily compare and contrast the various accounts to see which is the best fit for your needs, allowing you to get a great deal on your business banking.