Business current account

The award-winning business bank account

Business banking – but not as you know it. Apply for a free digital business account easily within the app and join over 400,000 UK businesses who have changed the way they bank.

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Less admin. More control.

Say hello to Britain’s Best Business Banking Provider 2021.

There’s a faster, easier way to stay on top of your business’s finances. Apply for a free digital business acccount easily within the app to get your Mastercard debit card, plus:

0 pounds per month

An easy-to-use business account stacked with powerful money management tools. All with no monthly fees or UK payment charges.

24/7

Free 24/7 UK support via app, phone or email, with fast response times and help from real humans.

FSCS protected

A fully regulated UK bank account, where your money’s covered up to £85,000 by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme.

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An easy life. If you want us to, we’ll move all your banking over for you through the Current Account Switch Service (all it takes is a few taps in-app).

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Most banks charge fees for what limited companies get for free with Starling business. Give our comparison table a quick scan to see for yourself.

Olly Browning

"No monthly fees means business banking is one less thing to worry about."

Olly Browning, Mighty Oak

Independent service quality survey results

Business current accounts

Published August 2021.

As part of a regulatory requirement, an independent survey was conducted to ask approximately 1200 customers of each of the 14 largest business current account providers if they would recommend their provider to other small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs*). The results represent the view of customers who took part in the survey.

View the full set of results.

In addition to this independent survey, we are also required to publish Financial Conduct Authority Service Quality Information for business current accounts.

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Business banking, your way

Choose a feature-packed business account with no monthly fees, and add on bespoke subscriptions to power your business, your way.

Original free business account

£0/month

  • Sole traders

    When applying for the account we will need evidence of trading activity, and the sole trader can’t engage in any of the prohibited activities set out in the Sole Trader Current Account Terms

  • Limited Companies and Limited Liability Partnerships (including startups)
  • Companies with multiple PSCs / Directors

    Multiple Directors (registered at Companies House) can access the account, but we can’t yet provide access to third parties (e.g. accountants) or other team members (e.g. finance teams or assistants)

Good for business

  • Free access to multiple directors

    Multiple Directors (registered at Companies House) can access the account, but we can’t yet provide access to third parties (e.g. accountants) or other team members (e.g. finance teams or assistants).

  • Integration with Xero

    From the Starling Marketplace, you can integrate Xero with your business account.

  • Integration with QuickBooks

    From the Starling Marketplace, you can integrate QuickBooks with your business account.

  • Integration with FreeAgent

    From the Starling Marketplace, you can integrate FreeAgent with your business account.

  • Integration with other business services

    Connect to some of the world’s best business products and services to create your own in-app financial hub.

  • Automated business spending categorisation

    Get a breakdown of your company’s spending, organise your outgoings and store receipts.

  • Receipt capture

    Keep your files in order by adding digital receipts to payments.

Starling best-loved

  • Free UK current account from a regulated bank

    No monthly fees on opening a business account. Starling Bank is a fully-licensed bank.

  • Easy in-app application

    Applying for a business account can be done from your mobile phone.

  • FSCS Protection up to £85,000

    All of Starling’s eligible accounts are protected up to £85,000 by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme.

  • Mobile and online banking

    Access and manage your business account from the app or through online banking.

  • 24/7 customer support

    Free 24/7 UK support via app, phone or email, with fast response times and help from real humans.

  • Free ATM withdrawals

    Starling will not charge a fee when you withdraw money from an ATM. You can make up to six withdrawals per day, with a daily limit of £300, regardless of what currency you are withdrawing.

  • No fees abroad

    Starling will not charge you for card payments or ATM withdrawals when you’re abroad.

  • Card security controls

    In-app card locking and personalised card settings.

  • Saving Spaces

    Separate spaces for separate costs. Set things like tax and overheads to one side.

Made for payments

  • Free UK bank transfers

    No payment charges on UK bank transfers. You can make a domestic bank transfer (we are part of the UK’s Faster Payments network) of up to £25,000 per transaction in your app / online banking, and an international bank transfer of up to £10,000 per transaction.

  • International payments

    Fast and secure money transfers to bank accounts in 39 countries worldwide, with no hidden fees.

  • Apple, Google, Samsung and Garmin Pay

    Pay on the go with Apple, Google, Samsung and Garmin Pay.

  • Managed scheduled payments

    See all your scheduled payments in one place and get notified when they’re due to go out.

  • Instant payment notifications

    Get notified instantly when you pay or get paid, and get a reminder the day before payments are due.

  • Cash deposits at the Post Office

    Deposit cash at the Post Office for a 0.3% fee (£3 minimum fee).

  • In-app and freepost cheque deposits

    Deposit cheques up to £500 digitally in-app, for free. Cheques above £500 can be sent to us via Freepost. If you’d prefer to send your cheque via recorded or signed for delivery, please send it to: Starling Bank Operations Team, 5th floor, Brunel House, 2 Fitzalan Road, Cardiff, CF24 0EB, Wales. We don’t issue chequebooks.

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Customise it with add-ons

Design the account that’s right for you, by signing up the services your business actually needs. Add on as many as you like, through the app.

Just click ‘Open app’ to set up your first add-on.

The Business Toolkit

Streamline your bookkeeping with the Business Toolkit

£7/month inc. VAT

  • Create, send and match invoices in a matter of clicks
  • HMRC tax calculation, tax report, and automated savings
  • Record VAT and submit MTD VAT return
  • Best for freelancers and sole traders

Euro business account

A euro bank account for UK businesses

£2/month

  • Exchange and hold euros
  • Local account details to make and receive local payments for free
  • Spend for free on card like a local using your regular business card

US dollar business account

A US dollar business account in the UK

£5/month

  • Hold, send and receive dollars
  • Get local account details, for easier, cost-free payments.
  • Use your regular business card; no need to faff around with two.

Special November offer: Multi-currency accounts

When your business goes international, your banking should too. If you’ve been thinking about opening a multi-currency business account with Starling then November could be a great month to do it.

Pay no subscription fees for three months on our EUR and USD business accounts.

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Spending, simplified

  • Instant payment notifications. Get notified the second you pay or get paid, and get a reminder the day before payments are due.

  • Spending analytics. Break down your monthly spending and automatically sort it by category.

  • Digital receipts. Keep your files in order by adding digital receipts to payments.

  • Separate spaces for separate costs. Set things like tax and overheads to one side.

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Dominique Lescott

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Dominique Lescott, Hair Popp

Everything you need, under one roof

  • Integrate with accounting tools. Connect to Xero, FreeAgent or Quickbooks to get the full picture and save time.

  • Deposit cash. Deposit cash at the Post Office for a 0.3% fee (£3 minimum fee), and cheques digitally in-app, for free.

  • Pay people easily with a tap. No card readers or PINS required.

  • Multi-director access. Easily add directors to your account (directors must be registered at Companies House). We can’t yet provide access to third parties (e.g. accountants) or other team members (e.g. finance teams or assistants).

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Jamelia Donaldson

"I like the transparency and simplicity of Starling. I can send an invoice and immediately see when it’s been paid."

Jamelia Donaldson, TreasureTress

Fast, friendly help. Whenever you need it.

24/7

Always open

Day or night; we’re open 24/7 to lend a hand.

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Always human

Speak to real UK-based humans.

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Always fast

Save time with quick response times via app, phone or email.

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Always free

All service is priority service at Starling.

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Claud Williams

"The final thing that made me fall in love with Starling was Customer Services... when I want to speak to someone, I can talk to a human within minutes. Starling has a personality."

Claud Williams, Dream Nation

Compare Starling to other banks

It’s great to have options, so we’ve compared the business accounts from a variety of high street banks and challengers so you can see how we stack up.

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Find out about fees, rates and charges for our business account.

Many a happy customer

Don’t just take our word for it. We’ve been reviewed thousands of times on Trustpilot, and our customers think we’re “easily the best business bank account they’ve had”, “a refreshing experience”, and that we “make business banking easy”.

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Grow your business: We’ve teamed up with bestselling author Della Hudson to provide you with free and helpful guides on how to successfully manage your business.

Service information: Find out more about our business current account service information.

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Eligibility requirements

  • A Limited Company or LLP registered at Companies House. General partnerships or charities which are not registered as a Limited Company are not yet supported.
  • Limited Companies and LLPs need all Persons of Significant Control (PSCs) to be a UK resident and natural persons (i.e. no corporate shareholders).
  • All directors with access to the account must be UK residents.
  • The business must not be a holding company, dissolved, in liquidation or engage in any activities set out in our terms and conditions.
  • Evidence of your trading activities so we understand that your business does what you say it does. We can’t accept Companies House documents for this.
  • Meet our standard AML/KYC, fraud and credit checks and processes.
  • Refer to our terms and conditions to check sectors not supported. We also do not offer client money accounts.
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What do I need to open a business bank account?

  • A smartphone (and signal).
  • Valid photo ID such as a passport or UK driving licence.
  • If you have documents which confirm the nature of your business at hand this will be easier. Examples could be a trade registration or bank statement which shows your business activity.
  • About 10 minutes of your time to complete the application. Then it’s over to our team to approve your details and open your account.
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Due to high demand there is currently a delay in business account opening times. We are working through applications as quickly as possible, please bear with us and thank you for your interest. Our customer service agents will not be able to speed up your application process if you get in contact.