Current accounts

first direct 1st Account

  • £100 signup fee - and £100 if you choose to leave after six months*
  • First £250 overdraft is interest and fee free
  • Multi award winning customer service


The cheque could be saved

Thursday, 14 April 2011 | News

The future of cheques could be saved by the powerful Parliamentary Treasury Select Committee.

One to watch: bank apps

Tuesday, 15 March 2011 | Article

There isn't much you can't do with an iPhone these days. Need to toss a coin? There's an app for that. Want to find out listings for your local cinema? Again, there's an app for that. But how about banking?

Northern Rock reports hefty full-year loss

Wednesday, 09 March 2011 | News

Northern Rock, which was nationalised at the height of the financial crisis in February 2008 to prevent its collapse, reported losses of £232.4 million in 2010.

John Lewis bond closes after less than two weeks

Tuesday, 22 March 2011 | News

John Lewis has closed its 6.5% bond after reaching its investment target of £50 million within less than two weeks.

Beware the cost of switching current accounts

Tuesday, 02 April 2013 | Article

After a less-than-satisfactory banking experience with Alliance & Leicester (Santander), I thought I'd vote with my feet and change banks. However, this was a lot easier said than done.

Nearly one in two Brits struggle to cope financially

Wednesday, 02 March 2011 | News

Nearly half (44%) of the British population struggle to cope financially, and the same number of people expect their finances to worsen over the next six months.

Give to charity at the cash machine

Thursday, 25 August 2011 | News

People could give to charity every time they use their bank cards at cash machines and the shops, under government proposals announced in its recent 'Giving' green paper.

Why is Santander's service so poor?

Tuesday, 28 June 2011 | Article

For the past few months, I've been up to my ankles in complaints - not of my own making, I hasten to add.

The great overdraft con

Tuesday, 30 November 2010 | Article

Banks are charging extortionate levels of fees and interest on nearly £10 billion worth of overdrafts in a bid to claw back lost profits.