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


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.

NatWest has Britain's most expensive overdraft fees

Thursday, 02 April 2015 | News

NatWest Bank has been found to have the UK's most expensive authorised overdraft fees, at almost 1,500% - or 15 times - more than the cheapest available through a mainstream bank.

Banks launch 'Midata' current account comparison tool

Thursday, 19 March 2015 | News

Current account holders will soon be alerted to whether they could be getting a better deal with another bank.

12% jump in people switching to better current accounts

Thursday, 22 January 2015 | News

Faster current account switching rules helped bring about a 12% rise in the number of people moving to new accounts in 2014.

Last-minute guide to student accounts

Wednesday, 27 August 2014 | Article

Some 55,000 students found a last-minute university place through the clearing system last year.

Graduates warned to review their student bank accounts

Wednesday, 06 August 2014 | News

If you're enjoying the summer as a new graduate, spare a thought for your bank account.

Lloyds Bank biggest loser from easier switching

Friday, 01 August 2014 | News

Lloyds Bank shed 20,065 current account customers in the three months after the arrival of the seven-day switching guarantee in late...