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Setting up a Business Bank Account

Once you’ve formed a limited company the next step is for you to open a business bank account. It is very important to choose the right type of account for your requirements. Opening a business account should be an easy and hassle free experience.

Below are some of the most common questions we are asked by limited company contractors regarding business bank accounts:

Why do I need a business bank account?

Your limited company is a separate legal entity from you as an individual. Business income and expenditure should be kept separate from your personal account. Your business account is where your business income should be paid into.

Which is the best business bank account?

You can open an account with whomever you wish, PayStream do have a good working relationship with a few different providers of business bank accounts who we can put you in touch with, or you can select any bank that offers a limited company bank account service. We can help you with the step by step set up of an account depending on the level of support you require.

 

How long does it take to open?

This depends on which bank you choose. Some banks can open an account the same day for you, others can take around 5 working days. The length of time to open an account can vary from bank to bank. It is always a good idea to check what the expected turnaround time is prior to submitting an application.

 

What will I need to open the account?

Each bank has different requirements. Often banks can confirm your company details by doing a quick electronic search via Companies House, therefore do not require a copy of your certificate of incorporation or share certificates. Other banks may ask you to supply a copy of these as well as a summary of your business trading activities and expected turnover. PayStream can assist with providing any documentation the bank may need or supply figures if these are required. All banks will require a form of personal identification such as a valid passport and proof of your current address such, as a utility bill. Our teams can provide guidance regarding what will generally be accepted.

 

How much does a business bank account cost?

This also depends on which bank you choose. Many banks offer bank accounts with no annual or regular fees or free switching service to transfer to another bank account, meaning you can set up an account and incur no costs. In some cases, certain features with your business bank account may be chargeable. There is a wide range of accounts available, before choosing a specific provider you can request a full tariff of charges so you can be aware of any costs that may be incurred in advance.

 

I'm worried I may fail a credit check, will this mean I can't open a business bank account?

No, some banks do offer a business bank account without performing a credit check, only an ID check. Typically as long as you have ID and a proof of address you can open a business bank account.

 

Once my account is opened do I need to send PayStream bank statements on a regular basis?

Many banks now offer a service where they can electronically (with your prior consent) provide copy statements to us on a daily bias, meaning you never need to worry about downloading and sending copies of your bank statements to us. Using this information we can help keep your company financial records up to date and provide you with daily real time take home pay and tax figures.

 

I live abroad and do not have any UK proof of address. Can I open an account?

Yes, our new business consultants can guide you on which banks you can set up an account with without a UK proof of address.

If you would like to speak to one of our experience new business consultants, please call us on 0161 923 0201 and press option 1 and then option 1 again

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