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This comparison simply includes all savings accounts.

Yorkshire Bank
Signature Current Account Yorkshire Bank
Open With £1
Account Type Current Account
Features Shopping discounts plus insurance cover

Why we like it: Discounts available when you shop at certain major high street stores and supermarkets, as well as some holidays, cinema, concert tickets and events. All year round family travel insurance, UK breakdown cover, mobile phone and gadget insurance

Clydesdale Bank
Signature Current Account Clydesdale Bank
Open With £1
Account Type Current Account
Features Shopping discounts plus insurance cover

Why we like it: All year round travel insurance , UK breakdown cover, mobile phone and gadget insurance, and certain discounts available to account holders for some major stores and supermarkets, cinema tickets, holidays, events and concerts.

B
Current and Savings Account B
Open With £1
Account Type Current Account
Interest AER 0.5%

Why we like it: INNOVATIVE NEW BANKING SERVICE powered by Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banks. Get your current account and instant access savings account working together. Earn 0.50% AER on ALL instant access credit balances and 0.25% AER on current account balances up to £2,000. Fee free

Santander
123 Current Account Santander
Open With £1000
Account Type Current Account
Interest AER 1.50%

Why we like it: BEST SELLING CASHBACK CURRENT ACCOUNT. Earn 3.00% AER (variable) interest on balances from £3,000 up to a maximum of £20,000. Up to 3% CASHBACK on various household bills. Monthly fee of £5. Must pay in £500 pm.

First Direct
Current Account First Direct
Open With £1
Account Type Current Account
Features FREE £250 Overdraft £100 For Switching

Why we like it: £100 for switching into account. £250 interest free overdraft. Free banking if paying over £1,000 per month. £100 if not satisfied after 6 months

NatWest
Reward Account Natwest
Open With £1
Account Type Current Account
Features 3% in Rewards

Why we like it: Top 20% of Reward Customers earn on average £217 - You can earn Rewards on Direct Debits from your current account for: • Council tax • Gas, electricity and water supply • Home and mobile phone, TV package and broadband fees

Disclaimer: To apply for this account you must be aged 18 or over. UK resident. Not been declared bankrupt in last 6 years.

Barclays
Bank Account Barclays
Open With £1
Account Type Current Account
Features Earn rewards of up to £180

Why we like it: Earn rewards of up to £180 a year when you bank with Barclays - Get an annual loyalty reward of £84 plus £60 on your Barclays residential mortgage and £36 on your Barclays home and contents insurance. Start earning rewards with a monthly £3 fee based on £800 paid into your account and 2 direct debits paid out every month

Nationwide FlexDirect Current Account

Nationwide Building Society, the second-most-switched-to bank at the moment, is offering a FlexDirect account which could be right for you.

With a simple set of overdraft fees and somewhere guaranteed for your savings, Nationwide FlexDirect pays 5% AER fixed for a year on £2,500, which would give you a maximum £122.25 interest. This rate is fixed for the first year you hold the account, which gives some security in a world of uncertain savings rates. The rate falls to 1% in subsequent years.

To qualify for the interest, you'll need to pay in £1,000+/month. So if you're after an account that pays you interest when you have money in your account, and if you prefer to do your banking online or over the phone then this could be the current account for you.

As standard, Nationwide offers a contactless Visa debit card which efficiently allows you to pay for up to £30 worth of goods or services in a single transaction. While some people still have doubts over the safety of contactless payments they are actually safe and highly secure and are embedded with multiple layers of security to protect you against fraud. If your card is lost or stolen, as long as you report it to your bank as soon as possible in accordance with your bank’s terms, you won’t have to pay for any fraudulent use.

Click here for more information on the Nationwide FlexDirect Current Account »

Nationwide also provides, as standard:

  • Free text alerts to help you manage your account
  • Automated Telephone Banking, open 24/7
  • Award winning secure online banking
  • Withdrawal of up to £500/ day from their ATM network
  • Paperless statements
  • No monthly account fee
  • The full £75,000 UK savings safety guarantee

As the rate is fixed, provided it's still at 5% when you apply for the account, you know that is the rate you will get for the first year, making this a risk-free switch. Despite a number of other competitors cutting their rates, Nationwide has said that there are no planned reductions although its rates are constantly under review.

Useful Information to Know

  • Your interest is calculated on the last day of each month for each day of that month. The interest is then paid on the first day of the next month without tax deducted.
  • They also offer a great refer a friend scheme. If your friend successfully switches to a Nationwide current account you will both receive £100; you can refer up to 10 friends a year.
  • This account also offers a fee free arranged overdraft for 12 months, although the limit you get is credit score dependent. After the 12 months, it charges 50p per day for the overdraft. The total unarranged fees are capped at £95/month which provides some security.

They also offer a first time bank charge refund, so if you let them know you’ve made a mistake, they will refund any overdraft fees which you have incurred.

Overall this is a great account for people who can commit to paying in £1000 per month and want to make the most out of their money. The 12 month fee free overdraft is very attractive as well as the chance to earn up to £1000 through their refer-a-friend scheme.

Click here for more information on the Nationwide FlexDirect Current Account »

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