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Plastic £5 note launches: what you need to know

Tuesday, 13 September 2016 | News

A new £5 note featuring former Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill launches today, becoming the first Bank of England note to be printed on polymer – a thin flexible plastic.

Looking to switch current account? Get £200 with HSBC

Wednesday, 07 September 2016 | News

HSBC has revived its £200 sign-up offer for people who switch to its Advance or Premier current...

Deal of the week: Fed up with overdraft fees? This could be the account for you

Wednesday, 17 August 2016 | News

Every week Moneywise’s product researcher Tom Wilson picks out his favourite deal. This week – Virgin Money’s genuinely fee-free current account.

Double blow to 123 account holders as Santander announces rate cut and overdraft fees hike

Tuesday, 16 August 2016 | News

Santander customers have been hit with a double blow as the bank has announced it will cut the interest rate on its flagship 123 account from 1 November, while it will also hike its overdraft fees in early 2017.

Overdraft fees to be capped in current account market shake-up

Tuesday, 09 August 2016 | News

Consumers are being stung with unauthorised overdraft charges totalling £1.2 billion a year, according to a two-year investigation into the current account market by the competition watchdog published today.

Time to change bank? Current account switchers flock to Halifax

Friday, 05 August 2016 | News

More than three million people have moved bank account using the guaranteed switching service since it launched in 2013, and Halifax has gained the most customers.

Santander launches '123 Lite' bank account paying 3% cashback

Wednesday, 20 July 2016 | News

Current account switchers have more choice over where to move their money following the launch of Santander’s new ‘123 Lite’ account.

Get paid £220 in M&S vouchers to switch bank

Tuesday, 19 July 2016 | News

M&S Bank has brought back its leading introductory offer, in an attempt to lure new current account customers with up to £220 in M&S Vouchers.

New plastic £5 note to launch

Friday, 15 July 2016 | News

A new £5 note featuring former Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill will soon become the first Bank of England note to be printed on polymer – a thin flexible plastic.

Metro Bank named Most Trusted Financial Provider of 2016

Friday, 24 June 2016 | News

Metro Bank has been voted Most Trusted Financial Provider by the biggest survey of financial services customers in Britain.