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


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.

Get £150 by opening a First Direct current account

Tuesday, 08 September 2015 | News

First Direct is offering new customers up to £150 to switch to its current account.

Top student bank accounts

Monday, 24 August 2015 | Article

If you or your children are joining them, finding the right student bank account is vital. And while the freebies that often come with them can be tempting, it's important to think about the bigger picture.

Confusion about value puts customers off switching banks

Wednesday, 05 August 2015 | News

Consumers are put off switching current accounts because they cannot meaningfully compare the value offered by different accounts.

Challenger banks winning current account war

Thursday, 21 May 2015 | News

Bank customers who use the government-backed current account comparison tool 'midata', are overwhelmingly rejecting the big high street banks in favour of smaller challengers.

Barclays biggest loser from current accounts switching

Thursday, 23 April 2015 | News

The number of customers who switched current account provider in the last 12 months has jumped by 7%, new figures have revealed, with Barclays experiencing the biggest net loss of customers.

RBS and NatWest customers face overdraft rate hike

Thursday, 16 April 2015 | News

Thousands of RBS and NatWest customers face paying more in overdraft fees after being automatically switched to current accounts with higher charges.

Barclays to launch new reward scheme - but it'll cost you

Wednesday, 15 April 2015 | News

Barclays is to launch a paid-for new rewards programme on Monday 20 April, called Barclays Blue Rewards.