Bad credit rating

I have been refused a business bank account due to bad credit history. At present I do not have debt other than my mortgage. What should I do?

This is not individual financial advice under the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000.

You mention that you have a bad personal credit history (such as previously borrowing money and having difficulty paying it back) and that you have a mortgage.

This may help getting a business bank account if your payment record is good and if you have some equity in the property.

However, if you are running a business you will definitely need a bank account for payments. Some banks offer basic bank accounts for credit impaired people.

But it will come down to whether they think you are a good risk or not.

NatWest and RBS have a product available to entrepreneurs who have previously been unable to open a business account.

It is called a Foundation account and offers a chequebook, cash machine and Solo debit card, standing orders and direct debits.

Abbey National Instant Plus offers a current account with a Visa debit card but no chequebook.

Halifax offers a chequebook and cash card, but I have no experience of seeking a business bank account from any of these providers.

If unsuccessful with the banks, you may be able to get an account through a broker. But be aware that lenders to credit impaired people usually offer worse terms than to people with good credit histories.

Also bear in mind that If you apply to a number of sources it may further damage your credit record.

See also: Getting small business loans with bad credit

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