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Opening and running a business bank account

This online guidance is designed to help businesses seeking to open and run an account with a bank in the UK.

It lays out what to expect from a bank when you’re looking to open a business bank account, including what information you should have ready to provide and why certain questions will be asked.

Before a bank can let a business have any kind of account, they need to be confident that you are who you say you are and you are based where you say you are based.

If you are new to the UK Banking system you may not have access to, or be aware of, the documents that businesses in the UK usually have access to (UK bills, UK driving licence, etc), but there are other documents banks will accept for the purpose of confirming identity and address.