Starling Bank: business account for contractors

Join over 500,000 UK businesses, and apply for a free business bank account in minutes, from your phone.

Business account & sole trader account

        Starling Bank

We’re recommended by 82% of business customers – no other bank is recommended by more. And here’s why:

  • Absolutely no monthly fees or UK payment charges
  • 24/7 customer support from our UK-based teams
  • Real-time integration with Xero, Quickbooks and FreeAgent
  • Instant notifications when you spend or get paid
  • Track spending, and upload receipts to transactions
  • Saving Spaces and Bills Manager make managing money easier
  • Earn 2.5% interest (AER) on savings with a 1-Year Fixed Saver
  • Deposit cash at any Post Office branch for a 0.3% fee, and deposit cheques in the app just by taking a photo
  • An easy-to-use app that just works, and a desktop portal too
  • Access to free business guides written by experts
  • Your money is protected up to £85,000 by the FSCS
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Banking and bookkeeping all in one place

Starling’s Business Toolkit lets you manage invoices, bills, tax and VAT from your bank account:

  • Seamlessly create and send invoices directly from your desktop. Quickly see what’s owed to you and, when you get paid, just match your invoices in a single click.
  • Record VAT on your transactions, and set defaults if you’re happy to automate some of it. Connect to HMRC and submit your returns through Making Tax Digital.
  • Create Savings Spaces for VAT and tax directly from Toolkit. These Spaces automatically compare your tax estimates to the amounts you have set aside for them
  • Toolkit is free for your first month, and then costs just £7 a month. You can cancel at any time.

Business, euro, USD, personal, joint and even kids: we’ve got a whole host of accounts ready to go. And they’re all seamlessly managed from the same app.

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Connect to accounting software in real-time

Connect your Starling account to accounting software, payments platform, pension provider and more with Marketplace:

  • Share your banking data with Xero, QuickBooks and FreeAgent securely, automatically and in real-time. For free.
  • Link to leading point-of-sale platforms, Zettle by PayPal and SumUp. Get detailed summaries on transactions, fees and VAT.
  • Make life easier by connecting to pension providers, HR platforms, legal help and insurance brokers.

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It's showtime.

Here’s everything you’ll need to apply for an account:

  • A smartphone (and signal)
  • Valid photo ID such as a passport or UK driving licence
  • You'll need to be a sole trader or the Person with Significant Control (PSC) of a Limited Company (LTD) or Limited Liability Partnership (LLP)
  • About 10 minutes of your time (if you have documents which confirm the nature of your business at hand this will be easier)
  • If you already have a personal account and want to open a business account or sole trader account, simply click on the button in the top right hand corner of the Starling app, select your personal account and then click ‘Open a new account’

When your account is open, use the Current Account Switch Service in app to move all your money, Direct Debits and standing orders over in one go.

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Business banking shouldn’t cost the Earth

We’re a paperless bank, which means we won’t send you paper statements or chunky welcome booklets and our debit cards are made from recycled plastic.

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