Switch to a Royal Bank of Scotland business bank account

Let us take the headache out of switching

All about switching

If you’re switching your business account from another bank, we can do all the work for you. With the Current Account Switch Service, we’ll move everything from your old account to your new one. And that includes moving Direct Debits and Standing Orders too.

To switch to us, just apply for a business account and tell us you’re switching during the application. Then choose the Current Account Switch Service you need, give us your old bank account details and tell us when you want the switch to start.

How do I choose the right switching service?

The service you'll need depends on whether you need to keep your old account open, your eligibility (based on business circumstances), the mandate authorisation with your old bank and whether your old bank is part of the Current Account Switch Service.

  • A full Current Account Switch Service is done within 7 business days, backed by the Current Account Switch Guarantee (PDF, 60KB)
  • A partial Current Account Switch Service allows customers to select a date up to 90 days and is not backed by the Current Account Switch Guarantee

You can find out more about each service from the FAQs below, or in our Switching Guide (PDF, 538KB).

What can I expect to happen?

Day 1 and 2

The Current Account Switch Service will contact your old bank and they confirm if the switch can go ahead.

Day 3

Your new account will be set up and regular payments, like your salary will be moved across. We will also advise you how to set up your bill payments.

Day 6

We talk to your old bank about transferring your balance over.

Day 7

Your balance will then be transferred and your old account will be closed. And that’s your switch complete.

Choose your account...

Startup account

Trading less than a year?

For accounts with turnover of less than £1m

Save money with no transaction fees for the first 24 months (then Standard Tariff applies)

Join a community of other start-up businesses who can help and support*

Access to borrowing options (subject to status) if you need it



Business account

Trading over a year?

A simple charging model - only pay for certain transactions, unarranged borrowing, international payments and Bankline charges.

A Relationship Manager to look after your business*

Grow your business with our specialist programmes*

Access to borrowing options (subject to status)


Community account

Are you a not-for-profit organisation, like a charity or club?

Existing Royal Bank personal or business banking customers are eligible to apply for free banking if your community account's annual credit turnover is less than £100,000*

Useful cheque and paying in books

Everyday support from texts and email alerts

Make banking easier by authorising up to four individual signatories 

What you’ll need to open an account

Participating providers of UK business bank accounts have agreed to a basic set of information that they will need from you to set up your UK business current account. Find out what you’ll need to provide using the simple business banking checklist from UK Finance, the UK’s leading trade association for financial services.

Useful information for when you switch business bank accounts

Third Party Provider (TTP) Permissions

If you have given permissions to Third Party Providers to make payments on your behalf, or to access your financial data, access to these services won't be transferred automatically to your new account as part of the Current Account Switch Service.

1. Before you close your old account, check whether you have any Third Party Provider permissions set up and if so, who with.

2. Once your new account is open, you can give your permission to the Third Party Provider to access your new account by providing them with your new account details. You will need to contact the Third Party Provider directly yourself to set this up.

3. If you are unsure as to whether your new bank will support Third Party Provider permissions on your account, you will need to discuss this ahead of your switch with your new provider who will be able to advise you of this.

Please check your new provider's terms and conditions for more information about Third Party Providers.

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