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Apply for a business bank account

Online: If you’re a limited company or a sole trader we’re now taking business bank account applications online. Applications open at 10am each day. We’re dealing with a very high volume of customers, so you may need to join a queue. When it’s your turn you will have 10 minutes to start your application. When we reach our limit the queue will close until the next day.

In Store: If you’re a limited company or a sole trader you can also apply for a business bank account in person. Due to demand and Covid-19 restrictions it will take longer than usual to open an account in store, and we are operating an appointment system. Please contact your local store to register your interest and we will explain the account opening process in more detail.

Move your Business accounts quickly

Switching your account to Metro Bank is simple – as long as your business has less than 50 employees and an annual turnover below £6.5 million, we’ll guarantee to have everything transferred within 7 days.

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Moving your payments

All your payments, including direct debits and standing orders, will be transferred to your new account

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Nothing left behind

We’ll make sure that any payments made to your old account after the switch date make it to you

And it’s done

As soon as everything has been transferred, your old account will be closed and the new one ready to go


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 Making it happen is simple

All we need are the details of your old account, including the account number, sort code, card number and the date you want the transfer to take place

Making the switch

Making the switch

Just pop into one of our stores. Once you’re done, we’ll print your debit card and cheque book in store, so you can get up and running straight away.

To switch your account all we’ll need is:

  • Proof of your name and address
  • The details of your old account, including the account number, sort code and card number
  • The date you want the transfer to take place - 7 working days in the future or later

We will attempt to match your existing overdraft limit (where we can, depending on your financial status).

It couldn't be simpler. Find your nearest store to make the switch.

Current Account Switch Service guide

Behind the scenes

Behind the scenes

Here’s what our switching team will take care of for you:

  • Transferring your Direct Debits, standing orders and incoming payments such as salary
  • Moving money from your old account to your new one
  • Closing your old account

Once everything is in order and the switch is complete, we’ll let you know by email.

Current Account Switch Guarantee

Current Account Switch Guarantee

We have designed the Current Account Switch Service to let you switch your current account from one bank or building society to another in a simple, reliable and stress-free way. It will only take seven working days. As your new current-account provider we offer the following guarantee:

  • The service is free to use and you can choose and agree your switch date with us.
  • We will take care of moving all your payments going out (for example, your Direct Debits and standing orders) and those coming in (for example, your salary).
  • If you have money in your old account, we will transfer it to your new account on your switch date.
  • We will arrange for payments accidentally made to your old account to be automatically redirected to your new account. We will also contact the sender and give them your new account details.
  • If there are any issues in making the switch, we will contact you before your switch date.
  • If anything goes wrong with the switch, as soon as we are told, we will refund any interest (paid or lost) and charges made on either your old or new current accounts as a result of this failure.



Got a question about moving your accounts to Metro Bank? Find the answer here.

Do I need to have a Metro Bank Current Account to switch?

Yes. If you don’t have one yet, you can find out more or open a Current Account now. If you already have a Current Account with us, go straight to our switching form or visit us in store.

I’ve sent you my switching form online, but haven’t heard anything?

We aim to reply within two working days of receiving your form. If you haven’t heard from us by then, please call 0345 08 08 500.

What happens if I change my mind?

If there are still seven working days before your scheduled transfer date, we can cancel the switch. Call 0345 08 08 500 and our switching team will let you know what you need to do. If you’re within seven working days of the transfer date, the switch process will have already started and we can’t cancel it. You would then need to switch back.

What happens if someone makes a payment to my old closed account?

Future payments that are sent to your closed account with your old bank will be automatically redirected to your new account with us. We’ll also let the sender know your new details.

What happens if I’m overdrawn at my old bank and want to switch?

Using your overdraft doesn’t mean you can’t switch – you just need to ask whether you’re eligible for an overdraft with us. If you meet our lending criteria and we agree to the switch, your account can move to Metro Bank. If you’re not eligible, you’ll need to repay your overdraft before switching.

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