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.


Co-op to offer £200 to current account switchers

Wednesday, 02 November 2011 | News

The Co-operative Bank has announced that new customers who switch to its current account will receive £200 - double the incentive offered by two other banks.

How I made £100 from my bank

Wednesday, 08 May 2013 | TV /Video

I always talk about how easy it is to switch current accounts, but have to confess I've never done it myself. So after years of being unhappy with Barclays I've finally taken the plunge.

Buyers' Guide - Current Accounts

Friday, 07 October 2011 | TV /Video

Your starting point is to work out what you want from your account. If you're always in credit, look for one that pays interest.

How your bank account can survive freshers’ week

Monday, 12 December 2016 | Blog | By Rebecca Rutt

I remember this week as a bit of a blur traipsing from one hall to another, signing up to far too many societies and spending way too much money on novelty items to decorate my room.

Poorest customers barred from using 80% of ATMs

Thursday, 25 August 2011 | News

Lloyds, Royal Bank of Scotland and NatWest have announced that they will bar any basic bank customers from using rival banks' ATMs.

Charged by Santander for phantom bank account

Tuesday, 11 October 2011 | Article

I recently received a letter from Santander informing me that I had an overdrawn balance on an account I didn't even realise that I had.

Will increased competition improve banks' poor customer service?

Wednesday, 06 July 2011 | Article

Competition. Good old competition. We need more of it in personal banking services if downtrodden customers (you and me) are finally going to get a better deal from our banks.

The best and worst current account providers for customer service

Thursday, 30 June 2011 | Article

Currents accounts are central to most people's financial lives, allowing us to do everything from set up a direct debit to pay the gas bill to accessing the readies to splash out on a treat.

Coventry BS launches new issue of 3.05% saver

Friday, 03 June 2011 | News

Coventry Building Society has launched another issue of its popular eNotice online savings account.

Is it worth paying for your current account?

Thursday, 25 August 2011 | TV /Video

The number of fee charging current accounts on the market is increasing.