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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 Offer may be withdrawn anytime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 Birmingham Midshires savings accounts

Part of the Lloyds Banking Group, Birmingham Midshires are specialist providers of financial products for savings and mortgages. They offer a number of savings accounts for customers to choose from. Finding the best match for your savings needs can be tough, so it’s important to make sure you have a thorough understand of the different options on offer.

Instant Access Savings Accounts

The most basic and easy to use kind of savings account, an instant access savings account (sometimes known as an easy access savings account) allows you to put money in and take money out whenever you like.

You will often be given a card to use at cash machines, or otherwise you may have to go into a branch to take money out. You usually also have the option to make transfers online or over the phone. Some instant access savings accounts only allow you to make a limited number of withdrawals each year without paying a penalty.

Fixed Rate Bonds

If you have a lump sum that you have no immediate use for, locking it away for a set period in a fixed rate savings bond can net you a good return. In exchange for agreeing not to touch your money for a period of time (usually 1-5 years) you will get a guaranteed interest rate. These rates are usually attractive, and will tend to be higher the longer you agree to lock you money away for.

If you do need to withdraw your funds early, some fixed rate bond providers will allow you to do this, but you will have to pay a penalty. This generally takes the form of an amount equivalent to a certain number of months’ interest.

Cash ISAs

If you are a UK tax payer it is often worth putting at least part of your savings into a cash ISA. These let you earn interest tax free on a set amount each year. This amount is decided by the government and changes regularly. For the 2017/18 tax year it is £20,000.

The two most common types of ISAs are instant access cash ISAs and fixed rate cash ISAs. Instant access ISAs allow you to put in and take out money as often as you need to, whereas fixed rate ISAs act like fixed rate bonds. This means you get a guaranteed rate of return, but cannot access your money for the lifetime of the ISA.

Fixed rate cash ISAs offer better interest rates than instant access cash ISAs in most cases, although the rate on an instant access ISA is variable, so it can go up as well as down.

Find the best Birmingham Midshires savings account for you

Everyone wants to get the best deal on their savings account, but with so many products and providers to select from, it can be hard to know where to start. Our savings account comparison tool (see the top of the page) allows you to look at some of the best deals from across the market to see which is right for you. We make sure to keep these deals up to date, so make sure to check back in regularly for all the latest deals.

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