Banking for Non-UK Residents
As a non-UK resident, you will face no obstacles when setting up your UK registered company. Directors and shareholders are not required to be UK residents. However, the same cannot be said about setting up a bank account for your company. The large high street banks are reluctant to take on companies controlled by non-UK residents. For this reason, our links to the UK High Street banks that are promoted on our website only work if the owners of the UK company are resident in the UK. However, there are a few solutions available to non-UK residents.
We now have an affiliation agreement with the online business banking app: https://www.tide.co/. Tide will accept applications for a business bank account for companies controlled by residents in most European countries. As with all banks, there are stringent requirements regarding ID and some high-risk or anti-social business activities will not be accepted. For the Tide app to work you will need a UK mobile number; please contact us if you need help with this. The application to Tide is online, and there is no requirement to attend personally. Other online banks occasionally will open business bank accounts for companies owned by European residents. It is worth checking with us if our online referral has been unsuccessful.
We may be able to assist you with a referral to an offshore bank. We charge £20+vat for this referral. If the bank with which we put you in touch fails to offer you an account or you decide not to proceed with an application or offer, our fee is refundable. Banks frequently change their customer profile requirements, and for this reason, we can never be entirely sure that we will be able to make a successful referral.
Operate without a bank account:
There are no legal obligations to open a bank account for your UK company. So, if you can use a personal Paypal account or something similar, you may avoid the need to operate a bank account.
Approach a UK High Street Bank
Although our referral system is not available for companies controlled by non-UK residents, our high street banks may still offer you an account if you meet their various requirements. You will have to approach them yourself, and you may even have to visit a branch of the bank in the UK to complete your application.
Approach a branch of an international bank, local to you
If your bank or a bank local to you has a presence in the UK, they may be willing to open an account for your UK company through their UK branch. The local bank may even process your ID and proof of address documents on behalf of the UK branch so that you are not required to visit the UK.