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This comparison simply includes all savings accounts.

RCI Bank
Freedom Savings Account RCI Bank
Min deposit £100
Term Instant Access
Interest AER 1.42%

Why we like it: 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)

Nationwide
Cash ISA Nationwide
Min deposit £1
Term Instant Access
Interest AER 1.30%

Why we like it: Tax free ISA account. Open with £1 or transfer in existing ISA funds. Invest up to £20,000 per tax year. Interest can be paid into account, alternative Nationwide savings or current account, or an external current account. Must be UK resident and aged 16 or older. Headline interest rate applicable if no more than 1 withdrawal per account year, fFor 2 or more withdrawals the interest rate drops to 0.50% AER. FSCS Protected

Aldermore
Easy Access Account Aldermore
Min deposit £1000
Term Easy Access
Interest AER 1.25%

Why we like it: Earn 1.00% gross/AER on balances from £1,000 to £1 million. Unlimited withdrawals without restriction or loss of interest.

The Access Bank UK
Fixed Rate Bond The Access Bank UK
Min deposit £5000
Term 1 Year
Interest AER 1.90%

Why we like it: MARKET LEADING 1 YEAR FIXED RATE BOND. Save from £5,000 to £500,000. No additional deposits or withdrawals permitted. FSCS Protected

Aldermore
Fixed Rate Bond Aldermore
Min deposit £1000
Term 2 Years
Interest AER 2.25%

Why we like it: Minimum deposit £1,000 - No withdrawals permitted - FSCS Protected

Investec Click & Invest
Stocks & Shares ISA Investec Click & Invest
Open from £2500
Term No fixed term
Investment Linked Choose between managed portfolios

Why we like it: Investec Click & Invest is an online investment service that aims to make actively managed, globally diversified investment portfolios accessible to a wider audience. Everyone deserves harder working money, and Click & Invest’s goal is to make a positive difference to more financial futures. Their experts build and manage investment portfolios from £2,500 online, intelligently blending expertise with high-quality service. With a £2,500 minimum investment, Click & Invest aims to deliver an exceptional service for a straightforward fee. They offer both stocks and shares ISAs and general investment accounts, with a seamless online experience, with dedicated 24/7 support available. Capital at risk.

Disclaimer: The value of your investments can fall as well as rise, so you could get back less than you paid in.

Kuflink
Innovative Finance ISA (IFISA) Kuflink
Min deposit £100
Term 5 Years
Annual Interest Target rate 7.00%

Why we like it: Why we like it: Up to £250 cashback for new investors.1, 3 or 5 year fixed term. Invest from £100 up to £20,000 this tax year (2018/19) and/or transfer in from an existing Cash ISA, Stocks & Shares ISA or IFISA. Secured by UK property. No platform or investment fees. Interest paid annually. Returns are not guaranteed and your actual returns may vary. Capital is at risk

Disclaimer: When making a peer to business loan, your capital lent to a borrower is not covered in the event of loss by the FSCS

Kuflink
Innovative Finance ISA (IFISA) Kuflink
Min deposit £100
Term 3 Years
Annual Interest Target rate 6.10%

Why we like it: Why we like it: Up to £250 cashback for new investors.1, 3 or 5 year fixed term. Invest from £100 up to £20,000 this tax year (2018/19) and/or transfer in from an existing Cash ISA, Stocks & Shares ISA or IFISA. Secured by UK property. No platform or investment fees. Interest paid annually. Returns are not guaranteed and your actual returns may vary. Capital is at risk

Disclaimer: When making a peer to business loan, your capital lent to a borrower is not covered in the event of loss by the FSCS

Kuflink
Innovative Finance ISA (IFISA) Kuflink
Min deposit £100
Term 1 Year
Annual Interest Target rate 5.00%

Why we like it: Why we like it: Up to £250 cashback for new investors.1, 3 or 5 year fixed term. Invest from £100 up to £20,000 this tax year (2018/19) and/or transfer in from an existing Cash ISA, Stocks & Shares ISA or IFISA. Secured by UK property. No platform or investment fees. Interest paid annually. Returns are not guaranteed and your actual returns may vary. Capital is at risk

Disclaimer: When making a peer to business loan, your capital lent to a borrower is not covered in the event of loss by the FSCS

easyMoney
Classic Innovative Finance ISA (IFISA) easyMoney
Min deposit £10000
Term No Fixed Term
Annual Interest Target rate 7.28%

Why we like it: Invest up to £20,000 this tax year (2018/19) and/or transfer in from an existing Cash ISA, Stocks & Shares ISA or IFISA. When you join the easyMoney family you will automatically become an easyMoney plus card member, offering savings up to 55% at over 100 of Britain’s biggest retailers and more! e-Money Capital Ltd trading as easyMoney is authorised and regulated by the FCA (FRN 231680). As with all investing, your capital is at risk when you lend to businesses and returns are not guaranteed. No FSCS. For more details please refer to our full risk statement.

Disclaimer: When making a peer to business loan, your capital lent to a borrower is not covered in the event of loss by the FSCS

Nationwide
FlexDirect Current Account Nationwide
Open With £1000
Account Type Current Account
Interest AER 5.00%

Why we like it: 5.00% interest for 12 months on balances up to £2,500 for the first year. You must pay in £1,000 or more each month to receive interest (excluding transfers from any Nationwide account held by you or anyone else). 12 month fee-free arranged overdraft available. No monthly fee. Must be aged 18 or older.

Santander
123 Current Account Santander
Open With £500
Account Type Current Account
Interest AER 1.50%

Why we like it: Earn 1.50% AER (variable) interest on balances up to a maximum of £20,000. Up to 3% CASHBACK on various household bills. Monthly fee of £5. Must pay in £500 pm.

Compare building society savings accounts

Although building societies are owned by their members or a mutual organisation, the services they offer to savers are broadly the same as for a bank. You can usually choose from a similar range of financial products whether you open a savings account with a building society or a bank.

If you are looking to save in the short term, or want to build up a nest egg over a longer period, you need to make sure you understand the various options available to you before making a decision.  

Current Accounts

Current accounts often give the best rates of interest for small amounts. 

Getting the best rate may mean shopping around and being willing to switch your account to a different provider. If your savings go over the interest-paying limit, then you are likely to earn nothing on the extra balance.

Instant Access Savings Accounts

If you want to be able to access your savings whenever you need them, an instant access account will let you do just that. You can usually draw money out at a cash point and/or in a branch as well as making online and phone transfers. There may, however, be a limit to the number of withdrawals you can make per year.

Easy Access Savings Accounts

These accounts work the same as instant access savings accounts, but instead of being able to take your money out straightaway, you may need to wait a few days for withdrawal and transfer requests to be processed.

Please note: some banks refer to instant access accounts as easy access accounts, blurring the distinction between the two.

Notice Savings Accounts

If you can wait a while when you need to access your savings, a notice account can offer better interest rates. When you want to take money out, you will need to let your building society know in advance. How much notice you have to give will be part of your account agreement.

Notice periods tend to range from 40 to 95 days. However, some may go as high as 120 in some cases. Generally speaking, the longer the notice period, the better the interest rate you will receive.

Regular Savings Accounts

One of the most common ways to save is to put away a little bit each month, slowly building up to a substantial savings pot. Regular savings accounts are designed for this kind of financial planning and offer good rates of interest if you can commit to depositing a minimum amount each month.

The main disadvantage is that it can take a long time to build up a decent amount of capital, meaning the high interest rate may not earn you much of a return initially. However, if you are aiming for more long term savings, a regular savings account can be a great way to go.

Fixed Rate Bonds

If you like the idea of getting a guaranteed rate of interest for a pre-agreed term, a fixed rate bond offers just that. You agree not to touch the money you place in the bond for a set period (usually between 1 and 5 years) and in exchange you will be offered a favourable interest rate for the life of the bond.

The downside is, if you later decide you need to use your savings, you may not be able to get access to them, or might have to pay a significant penalty for doing so. This means fixed rate bonds are usually a good choice only if you are very sure you won’t need your savings until the bond matures.

Cash ISAs

ISAs allow UK taxpayers to deposit a set amount each year into a savings account without paying tax on the interest. For the 2017/18 tax year the limit is £20,000.

There are two main types of cash ISAs to choose from – fixed term and instant access. They work in much the same way as fixed term and instant access savings accounts, with fixed term cash ISAs usually offering the better interest rates.

It’s worth noting that cash ISAs do not necessarily give the highest interest rates, so you will need to carefully compare your options to see if the tax savings you stand to make will likely be more than the extra interest you could earn on a different account.

Find the best building society savings account for you

Choosing the best building society savings account for you can be difficult when there are so many different options to choose from. Our comparison tool at the top of the page allows you to contrast the different types of accounts from various providers to find the best fit for your finances. We regularly update our results to reflect the best offers currently on the market, so make sure to keep checking back to see the latest deals.

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