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.


Bonus rewards for new Barclays customers

Friday, 08 January 2016 | News

Barclays is offering double rewards, worth up to £16, in January to people signing up to its Blue Rewards scheme, as banks compete to win new current account customers in January.

HSBC customers unable to access online banking for second day

Wednesday, 06 January 2016 | News

HSBC customers have been left frustrated after being unable to access their online accounts for a second day running.

RBS customers to be reunited with 'lost' cash

Monday, 14 December 2015 | News

Thousands of RBS customers are to be reunited with ‘lost’ cash after the bank wrongly told some users their accounts were closed. But you need to actively go in branch to get what you’re owed.

Savings update: Shawbrook moves to challenge Metro Bank as rates increase

Wednesday, 18 November 2015 | News

Rates on offer from new banks are edging up. Shawbrook Bank has raised the rate on its one-year fixed rate bond for new savers to a top 2.15 per cent before tax (1.72 per cent after tax).

Revealed: Best current account for UK customers

Monday, 02 November 2015 | News

The Halifax Reward Current Account has been named the most popular among people looking at ‘personalised’ best buy tables from

Consumers let down by lazy banks should switch

Thursday, 22 October 2015 | News

Banks must make it easier for customers to switch bank accounts, according to the Competition and Markets Authority.

Tesco Bank axes current fee after Santander's hike

Tuesday, 15 September 2015 | News

Tesco Bank is to axe its £5 monthly current account fee for new and existing customers from Thursday 17 September.

Santander more than doubles its 123 fee

Tuesday, 15 September 2015 | News

Some 3.6 million Santander customers will be hit by fee increases on the bank's flagship 123 range.

Halifax offers £125 to account switchers

Monday, 07 September 2015 | News

Halifax is trying to tempt in new current account customers with a new £125 sign-up offer.

Should you move to a new bank?

Tuesday, 01 September 2015 | Article

Ever since the banking crisis in 2008 there has been plenty of talk about a new wave of banks that will bring competition to the sector.