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This comparison simply includes all savings accounts.

Santander
Everyday Current Account Santander
Open With £1
Account Type Current Account
Features Fee FREE Account Earn up to 15% cashback

Why we like it: No minimum monthly funding or monthly fee to maintain the account. Earn up to 15% cashback with Retailer Offers. Stress-free account switching in 7 days with the Current Account Switch Service. £300 ATM withdrawal per day, Arranged Overdraft facility (subject to status). Online and Mobile Banking with text and email alerts. Must be 18 or older and live in the UK permanently. 39.94% EAR overdraft charge. Bank is registered with the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS), so any money you keep will be fully protected, up to £85,000

HSBC
Advance Current Account HSBC
Open With £1750
Account Type Current Account
Features Get £125 when you Switch

Why we like it: SPECIAL OFFER - £125 for SWITCHING to an HSBC Advance Account. Earn 1.00% AER/gross when you save between £25 and £250 per month. Arranged overdraft limit of at least £1,000 on account opening. Money banking app. No monthly account fee. Easy switching with the Current Account Switch Service. Must be 18 or older and be UK resident. Must pay in £1,750 per month or £10,500 over 6 months. Must be approved for an arranged overdraft of £1,000+. Get the £125 when switching to an HSBC Advance Account as a new customer with at least 2 Direct Debits or standing orders. Eligibility criteria and T&C’s apply. Offer may be withdrawn anytime

First Direct
1st Current Account First Direct
Open With £1
Account Type Current Account
Features Get £100 when you Switch

Why we like it: SPECIAL OFFER - £100 for SWITCHING to a First Direct 1st Account. Access to Regular Saver Account paying 1.00% AER/Gross fixed for 12 months 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. Easy switching with the Current Account Switch Service. Must be 18 or older and UK resident. Get the £100 when switching as a new customer and paying in at least £1,000 within three months of the account opening

Santander
123 Current Account Santander
Open With £500
Account Type Current Account
Features 0.60% AER Interest Up To £20,000 £5 pm Account Fee

Why we like it: Earn 0.60% AER (variable) interest on balances up to a maximum of £20,000. Up to 3% CASHBACK on various household bills. Monthly fee of £5. 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

The Access Bank UK
Fixed Rate Bond The Access Bank UK
Min deposit £5000
Term 1 Year
Interest AER 0.55%

Why we like it: Save from £5,000 to £500,000. No additional deposits or withdrawals permitted. FSCS Protected

The Access Bank UK
Fixed Rate Bond The Access Bank UK
Min deposit £5000
Term 2 Years
Interest AER 0.7%

Why we like it: MARKET LEADING. Save from £5,000 to £500,000. No additional deposits or withdrawals permitted. FSCS Protected

The Access Bank UK
Fixed Rate Bond The Access Bank UK
Min deposit £5000
Term 3 Years
Interest AER 0.8%

Why we like it: MARKET LEADING. Save from £5,000 to £500,000. No additional deposits or withdrawals permitted. FSCS Protected

RCI Bank
Freedom Savings Account RCI Bank
Min deposit £100
Term Instant Access
Interest AER 0.4%

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)

Aldermore
Easy Access Account Aldermore
Min deposit £1000
Term Easy Access
Interest AER 0.3%

Why we like it: Market Leading. Balances from £1,000 to £1 million. Unlimited withdrawals without restriction or loss of interest. Eligible deposits covered by UK FSCS.

RCI Bank
95 Day Notice Account RCI Bank
Min deposit £1000
Term 95 Day Notice
Interest AER 0.45%

Why we like it: Unlimited withdrawals subject to 95 days notice.

RCI Bank
Fixed Rate Bond RCI Bank
Min deposit £1000
Term 4 Years
Interest AER 0.9%

Why we like it: Which? Recommended Savings Provider. Save from £1,000 to £1,000,000. No withdrawals before the end of the term. Your eligible deposits with RCI Bank UK Limited are protected up to a total of £85,000 by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS)

RCI Bank
Fixed Rate Bond RCI Bank
Min deposit £1000
Term 5 Years
Interest AER 0.95%

Why we like it: Which? Recommended Savings Provider. Save from £1,000 to £1,000,000. No withdrawals before the end of the term. Your eligible deposits with RCI Bank UK Limited are protected up to a total of £85,000 by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS)

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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.

e-Payments Plan

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.

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