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  • First £250 overdraft is interest and fee free
  • Multi award winning customer service.


The death of local banking

Thursday, 26 May 2011 | Article

Local bank branches outside major city centres are an increasingly rare sight.

Give to charity at the cashpoint

Thursday, 25 August 2011 | News

UK banks, building societies and cash machines have all come out in support of government proposals to charity giving at...

Premium bonds increasing in popularity

Friday, 20 May 2011 | News

More premium bonds have been sold in the last seven years alone than in the previous 48 years, according to figures from National Savings & Investments (NS&I).

Santander voted worst for customer service

Friday, 24 June 2011 | News

Spanish-owned bank Santander has been voted as the worst financial services company for the second year in a row by Moneywise readers.

NS&I index-linked bonds back on sale

Tuesday, 17 May 2011 | News

Index-linked bonds from National Savings & Investments are now back on sale but savers should hurry to snap these up before they're taken off the market.

Customer Service Awards prize draw winners

Thursday, 25 August 2011 | News

In just a few weeks we'll be revealing the winners of the third annual Moneywise Customer Service Awards.

Cheque guarantees to be scrapped

Monday, 09 May 2011 | News

The cheque guarantee system, which protects payments made using cheques, is soon to be abolished.

Customer Service Awards shortlist revealed

Thursday, 25 August 2011 | News

Good customer service is like gold dust.

Santander relaunches £100 offer for new customers

Tuesday, 03 May 2011 | News

Santander has reintroduced its £100 offer for new customers who switch to a 5% current account with the bank.

Unique cash savings platform launched

Tuesday, 26 April 2011 | News

A unique platform allowing customers to actively manage several cash savings accounts has launched.