Opening a bank account

Having the correct documents to hand will speed up your business bank account application. Here’s everything you’ll need for a smooth process for opening a bank account in the UK.

Business customer application for: detailing company activities, projected turnover, transactions details, directors and beneficial owners and principal controllers, including the personal addresses and dates moved in.

Mandate for companies registered under the Companies Act: contains details of all signatories to the account.

Registration of the company: UK companies should provide the company registration number. Overseas companies should provide a certificate of incorporation and documentation confirming beneficial ownership at an individual level.

Identification and verification of address: a recent bank statement or utility bill for all beneficial owners, directors and people who may be considered principal controllers of the business.

Company structure chart: detailing ownership and respective percentage share held. Underlying documentation must be supplied including but not limited to: certificate of incorporation, share registers, share certificates, partnership agreements, and trust agreements.

Bank statements: if your company is a newly registered subsidiary of an existing company, you will need to provide statements for your parent company — original or certified copies of the latest three months. If the business is new, you must provide original or certified copies of the latest three months of the personal bank statements of the business owners, directors and principal controllers.

Audited accounts: if your business wants to borrow money from the bank, the bank may request copies of your financial accounts.

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