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


HSBC launches £200 current account switch offer - but you need £21k to get it

Thursday, 02 June 2016 | News

Current account users who switch to HSBC’s Advance or Premier accounts by 10 July can bag £200 cashback, but there is a catch.

Android Pay launches for UK mobile users

Thursday, 19 May 2016 | News

Android mobile users can now link their credit and debit cards to their mobile handsets and use their phones to pay for good in shops.

Banking costs to fall for small businesses

Wednesday, 18 May 2016 | News

Small businesses should find it easier to compare bank accounts to find the best price and service, in light of new proposals from the competition watchdog.

Current account market: Watchdog looks to cap £1.2 billion overdraft fees

Tuesday, 17 May 2016 | News

Banks may be forced to cap overdraft charges, give customers annual reminders to shop around for the best value current accounts and make comparing and switching accounts easier under a series of proposals put forward by the...

Meet B: the new digital bank from Clydesdale and Yorkshire

Friday, 06 May 2016 | News

The latest digital bank and banking app, B, launched earlier this week, promising to “take the fear out of finance” with a range of tools and features to make managing money easier.

Can’t get a bank account? Here’s what to do

Wednesday, 27 April 2016 | Article

Its research says 12% of people have been turned down for basic banking services in the past two years, denying them access to current accounts, direct debits, and online shopping.

Your shortlist for the Moneywise customer service awards 2016

Thursday, 21 April 2016 | Article

Over the past three months, Moneywise readers from all over the UK (and a few further afield) gushed and griped about hundreds of firms, across 16 

City Survivors: Overcome the fear of switching – it could save you £100s

Friday, 15 April 2016 | Blog | By Helen Knapman

Switching. It’s a simple enough concept, yet many of us don’t do it – whether through fear, laziness, or simply because we don’t realise we can.

Students face interest rate hike as inflation rises

Tuesday, 12 April 2016 | News

Students and graduates are likely to pay more interest on their student loans from September as inflation rises.

Say cheese: Mastercard's new security measures

Wednesday, 24 February 2016 | News

MasterCard will let customers confirm their identities using selfies and fingerprints, starting in the summer.