CompanyName of AccountAERMinimum DepositType of AccountCompensation scheme (see below)
Business E-Saver Account (Issue 6)1.02%£10,000InternetFSCS
Business Access Account
(Issue 2)
1.01%£1InternetFSCS
Business eSavings Account
(Issue 4)
For Internet enabled business current account customers who live in the Society's operating area.
1.00%£1Internet
Branch
FSCS
Easy Access
(Issue 7)
1.00%£1,000InternetFSCS
Business Instant Access1.00%
0.15%
£5,000
£1 - £4,999.99
Internet
Telephone
Branch
FSCS
Business Savings Account1.00%£10,000 - £5,000,000PostFSCS
Kent RelianceBusiness Savings Account
(Issue 1)
0.90%£1,000InternetFSCS
Business Instant
(Issue 2)
0.90%£1,000InternetFSCS

Disclaimer: All rates are subject to change, please check with the bank or building society before investing.

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Applicable compensation scheme

The accounts featured in the above table are covered by a number of different compensation schemes.

For banks and building societies who are members of the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) you should check whether your business meets the qualifying criteria. The following information is taken from the FSCS website:

FSCS was set up mainly to assist private individuals, although some smaller businesses are also covered. Larger businesses are generally excluded, although there are some exceptions to this (for example for claims in respect of certain compulsory insurances). Our rules tell us which claims are eligible and form part of the FSA’s Handbook of rules and guidance, under Redress, Compensation.

As an indicative guide only, for the purposes of deposit and investment claims, smaller companies are protected. A smaller company must meet two of the following criteria (as set out in section 247 of the Companies Act 1985 or section 382 of the Companies Act 2006 as applicable):

  • Turnover: not more than £6.5 million
  • Balance sheet total: not more than £3.26 million
  • Total number of employees: not more than 50

The same levels of compensation apply whether the claimant is a private individual, small business, or a small company.

More information about the various compensation schemes can be found by clicking on the links below:

Financial Services Compensation Scheme
Isle of Man’s Depositors’ Compensation Scheme
Guernsey Banking Deposit Compensation Scheme
Eligible Liabilities Guarantee Scheme

Instant Access Business Deposit Accounts

Most business current accounts pay little, if any interest. Moving money, which isn’t needed on a day to day basis, to a business Instant Access account, could help to improve the return on any spare capital your business holds.

Most Instant Access accounts for business, link to your business’s current account, meaning that electronic transfers of money can be made as and when you need to use your capital.

As with personal savings accounts Instant Access business accounts will pay a lower rate of interest than if you were to tie up your capital in a Notice or Fixed Rate account, however for many, the fact that immediate access to savings can be gained is important.

Instant Access accounts often have a bonus, or introductory, rate of interest, which can mean that initially the interest rate looks attractive. However, when the bonus or introductory rate is removed after a set period of time the rate can be uncompetitive, which means business owners should shop around periodically for the best rates of interest.