Apply for a new business account or switch your account

To apply for a new business current account or switch your business account to us, you’ll need to:

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Have the right to live in the UK permanently
  • Provide your UK residential address for the last three years if you're opening a new business account or switching to us
  • Be a sole trader or the director of a limited company, with a maximum of nine other directors, shareholders or company secretaries who are individual people, not other businesses.
What type of business do you have
We can’t take your application in this way right now

We’re sorry, but we’re currently not taking applications from your business type in this way.

If you’re a registered charity or a registered organisation that benefits the community, please visit our community page where you can arrange a callback to apply for an account.

If your business type isn’t listed above, please call us on 0800 515 462 and we’ll discuss the best way to open a new account.

Lines are open Monday to Friday, from 8am to 6pm. To maintain a quality service, we may monitor or record phone calls. Call charges.

Do you already have a personal or business current account with us? If you have any other account, product or service with us, but not a personal or business current account, please select ‘No’.

As you’re new to us, you’ll need to continue your application in the Barclays app1 so we can verify your identity in a secure way.

How would you like to continue your application? We’ll use the information we already have about you to speed up your application. If you don’t use the Barclays app or Online Banking, you’ll need to register first.

Scan the QR code above to download the Barclays app

You’ll need to continue your application in our app1 so we can verify your identity in a secure way.

To scan the QR code:

  1. Open the built-in camera app on your mobile device
  2. Point the camera at the QR code
  3. Select the link that appears on your screen
  4. Download the Barclays app.

Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS)

Your eligible deposits with us are protected by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS), the UK's deposit guarantee scheme.

The link below will take you to the FSCS information sheet – please read this to find out what is and isn't covered in the scheme. You can also print or save a copy for future reference.

Read the FSCS information sheet [PDF, 118.3KB]

Terms and conditions

The link below will take you to our Business Banking Customer Agreement, which sets out the terms and conditions that apply to this account and your relationship with us.

Read the Business Banking Customer Agreement [PDF 483.2KB]

For your own protection and benefit, please read the terms and conditions carefully before you accept and continue.

Barclays Business account charges

Free digital banking for 12 months. No monthly account fees for the first 12 months2, then £8.50 a month after that.

Please select 'Barclays Business Account charges' at the bottom of this section to read your tariff document, which contains a full list of fees and charges.

You'll find your tariff details below. You can also search ‘Barclays business rates and charges’ online at any time to see all our business account tariffs.

Simple electronic payments including Faster Payments, Direct Debits and standing orders: Free
Debit card and ATM withdrawals: Free
Cash deposits: From 60p per £100
Cheques in/out: From 60p each
Monthly fee: £8.50 after the first 12 months

Visit our ways to bank hub to discover the different ways you can handle cash and cheques, plus more information on managing your account.

Additional fees apply for cash and cheque deposits made over branch counters, see your tariff for more information.

For your own protection and benefit, please read the terms and conditions relating to your account charges carefully before you accept and continue.

Business account charges

Statements and Communications

By opening this account, you’re agreeing to receive your statements, documents and any other correspondence electronically.

You can view and download these whenever you like in the Barclays app and Online Banking, or Barclaycard app and online servicing. You’ll be able to print, save or send them by email as needed.

This applies to all your accounts, products and services related to this business – including overdrafts, credit cards, Barclays loans, business loans, instalment accounts, mortgages, investments and any other services you open in the future where this option is available.

This also includes anything we need to send you for legal or regulatory reasons, such as anything required by the Consumer Credit Act, changes to your terms and conditions and interest rates, and arrears and default sum notices.

However, we might still need to send you some things by post.

Once your account is open, you can change your preferences in your app or Online Banking at any time.

Privacy policy and checks

If you’re a limited company with multiple directors, shareholders or company secretaries, please share the details below with all of them.

Using information about you

We’re committed to protecting your personal data. We’ll use your information for several purposes, for example, to manage your accounts, to provide our products and services to you and others, and to meet our legal and regulatory obligations.

We might also share your information with trusted third parties for these purposes. For more detailed information on how and why we use your information, including your personal data rights and our legal grounds for using it, please visit our privacy hub or you can request a copy from us. [links to]

Identity checks and fraud prevention

To process your application, we’ll also need to supply your personal information to credit reference agencies and fraud prevention agencies. They’ll then give us information about you, such as about your financial history. We do this to check your identity, manage your account and prevent criminal activity.

These agencies might then share your personal information with other organisations. If you’ve given us false or inaccurate information and fraud is identified, your details might be passed to credit reference and fraud prevention agencies to prevent money laundering, fraud and to verify your identity.

The Credit Reference Agency Information Notice (CRAIN) describes how the three main credit reference agencies in the UK each use and share personal data. The CRAIN is available on the credit reference agencies’ websites:

For more details on how the information held credit reference agencies and fraud prevention agencies could be used, please visit our privacy hub or you can request a copy from us.