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    Default How Can You Open A Business Account With No Credit Score

    Hi,
    I have been trying to open a new business account but as my credit score is so bad all the high street banks have knocked me back. Does anyone know if you can open a business current account with building societies without being credit scored. I obvioulsy dont want to borrow just a place to put money and write cheques#
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    Default Re: How Can You Open A Business Account With No Credit Score

    Cant help but I shall be checking back to see if anyone has any ideas.

    We need a basic account, just for money in, money out, no OD, no chequebook etc.

    We have tried all the usuals, RBSicon, Natwesticon, A&L but no luck


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    Default Re: How Can You Open A Business Account With No Credit Score

    I have been told that a few of the building societies offer business acounts with no credit check but I cant find them


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    Default Re: How Can You Open A Business Account With No Credit Score

    For anyone who has no dispute with the RBSicon group of companies Natwesticon offer a basic business account called...
    The foundation business account, apparently it is guaranteed acceptance and run on the same terms as a personal basic bank account. However I have not applied and do not know what the charges are as I have dispute with them so its pointless.
    Alot of caggers are in the same predicament as me so if you have no dispute with natwest and apply and are successful please post back for other caggers.


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    Default Re: How Can You Open A Business Account With No Credit Score

    Quote Originally Posted by exasperated View Post
    For anyone who has no dispute with the RBSicon group of companies Natwesticon offer a basic business account called...
    The foundation business account, apparently it is guaranteed acceptance and run on the same terms as a personal basic bank account. However I have not applied and do not know what the charges are as I have dispute with them so its pointless.
    Alot of caggers are in the same predicament as me so if you have no dispute with natwest and apply and are successful please post back for other caggers.
    I had no dispute with RBS group but was refused a foundation account with Natwest, so it definatley isnt guaranteed acceptance.

    At the time of applying I had a step account with them which was being run satisfactorily.


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    Quote Originally Posted by crockie View Post
    I had no dispute with RBSicon group but was refused a foundation account with Natwesticon, so it definatley isnt guaranteed acceptance.

    At the time of applying I had a step account with them which was being run satisfactorily.
    I should also say that my OH had an account with RBS (being run satisfactorily) and we were also refused RBS's foundation account.


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    Default Re: How Can You Open A Business Account With No Credit Score

    Hi Crockie,
    Yes I found out today that the foundation account IS credit scored, so not much use.
    Know any other way to get a basic business account?:


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    Default Re: How Can You Open A Business Account With No Credit Score

    Quote Originally Posted by exasperated View Post
    Hi Crockie,
    Yes I found out today that the foundation account IS credit scored, so not much use.
    Know any other way to get a basic business account?:
    We are still looking but the lack of business account is now becoming a problem.

    I have heard that halifaxicon do a Treasurers account which can be used for ltd companies, however this is a passbook account so no card or DDicon's.


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    Default Re: How Can You Open A Business Account With No Credit Score

    Crockie,
    They dont credit score company directors and thats definite, when I went to see an old friend who works for HSBCicon he told me that was the way around it. However we are not a limited company so if your are you 'home and hosed' as they say


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    Quote Originally Posted by exasperated View Post
    Crockie,
    They dont credit score company directors and thats definite, when I went to see an old friend who works for HSBCicon he told me that was the way around it. However we are not a limited company so if your are you 'home and hosed' as they say
    We have been refused the foundation account, Natwesticon & RBSicon as a limited company and they have both done several credit checks on us personally

    We thought that we would have a better chance of getting the business account if we were a ltd co, as we had heard that they cant credit check directors, however this hasn't proven to be the case.


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    Default Re: How Can You Open A Business Account With No Credit Score

    Go to HSBCicon and see the business advisor there, tell him your predicament and if he/she is okay they will tell you how to open the account as a limited company. My friend told me he could open the account no problem but being a limited company means audited accounts and other changes that would not suit our business.


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    Default Re: How Can You Open A Business Account With No Credit Score

    Try the Nationwideicon FlexAccount or the Coop Basic account. Good luck


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    Default Re: How Can You Open A Business Account With No Credit Score

    Hi Steve,
    Nationwideicon and the CO-OP do not do basic 'business' accounts and apparently running a business through a personal account is 'frowned' upon. I have been advised however that the HMRC are not against a business running their financial affairs through a personal account and it is not against the law. However if anyone is considering doing this then they should open a totally separate account for transparency in case they are ever investigated.
    The banks do not want business's running their finances through personal accounts has the majority do not charge for putting cash/chqs through which they do on a business account.


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    Default Re: How Can You Open A Business Account With No Credit Score

    Hi Exasperated just seen this thread.
    I know of a Foundation account operated by Lloydsicon.
    The criteria is that you dont owe the Lloyds banking group any money,and are not a discharged bankrupt.
    I reported that assistance to get one of these can be through inbiz which is an organisation that helps new business start ups.
    Well worth also you contacting your local chamber of trade -they can give you info free.Organisations such as these can pull strings with banks and its their business to get people up and running.

    I will move your thread into the business bank forums.
    The pros and cons of using a personal account have been discussed there many times.


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    Default Re: How Can You Open A Business Account With No Credit Score

    Thanks Martin,
    I did not know this forum existed,how can I find out who owns Lloydsicon and who they own?
    Exasp


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    Default Re: How Can You Open A Business Account With No Credit Score

    Well we are talking of HBOSicon (halifaxicon Bank of Scotlandicon) and subsidiary companies such as Black Horse Finance.
    I have no doubt that you will get some response in this forum-not just on the account deciding issues-but any other business related question.


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    Default Re: How Can You Open A Business Account With No Credit Score

    I have a debt to HBOSicon so Lloydsicon is not a bank who will do business with me. However I very much apprecaite the site team taking the time to answer my thread and resolve my isssues
    Thanks Martin
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    Default Re: How Can You Open A Business Account With No Credit Score

    Quote Originally Posted by exasperated View Post
    Crockie,
    They dont credit score company directors and thats definite, when I went to see an old friend who works for HSBCicon he told me that was the way around it. However we are not a limited company so if your are you 'home and hosed' as they say
    Sorry to tell you this is not true, I have all my accounts personal/mortgageicon/business with HSBC, I tried to open a new business account today (both our current company and new company are LTD and there are 2 directors - the same in each) and I was unable to due to bad personal credit of the directors. We have never had bad credit within any of our HSBC accounts.


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    Default Re: How Can You Open A Business Account With No Credit Score

    Hi Neeta,
    I was sat in front of the business advisor in the branch where I live, I had told him my personal details and he told me that it was a waste of time trying to open a partnership account with HSBCicon. I assure you he told me that they only credit check the company not the directors as they are not liable as its a limited liability arrangement.
    However as we are not a limited company I could not proceed down that route, so I cannot vouch for it personally. That said he wanted to open the account as we have an healthy business and everything else he told us was correct so I dont understand why he would give that advice knowing it would be rejected.
    Thanks for your input.


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    Default Re: How Can You Open A Business Account With No Credit Score

    How annoying is it that things can be so different then at different branches of the same branch, my business advisor was adamant yesterday that there is nothing she could do, it's all automatic and after she'd put all my details through it was simply a case of 'computer says no' I find myself in a horrendous situation now with the potential of losing a massive contract because I can't open a new business bank account... p.s. wasn't saying you were fibbing was just adding my experience in, came to your thread in a desparate search for a way out of my problem.... am still searching



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