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Metro Bank Business Banking

About Metro Bank

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Metro Bank are retail and commercial bank that launched in London in 2010 and have since spread across the South East of England, gaining more than a million business customers. When they opened their doors Metro Bank were the first bank to do so in more than 150 years, giving them the status of a challenger bank.

See our full Metro Bank business bank account review of features, fees and how they compare against other online and high street bank accounts.

Metro Bank pros & cons

Pros of Metro Bank

  • Free banking with balances over £6,000
  • Highly rated for in-branch services & business centres
  • Offers savings & current accounts
  • Mobile, desktop & in-branch management
  • Switch your banking in 7 days
  • Everyday banking at the Post Office
  • Overdrafts, credit cards & finance available
  • FSCS protected & fully regulated
  • Dedicated local business manager
  • Business insurance provide by Churchill Expert

Cons of Metro Bank

  • Branches only in the Midlands, South & East of England
  • Complicated fee structure
  • Card purchases outside Europe are not free

Metro Bank current accounts

These are some of the main features of Metro Bank business banking:

  • Top rated customer service - Metro Bank are known for their customer support, offering 24/7 help from a UK contact centre as well as having their branches open 362 days a year for a more personal face-to-face
  • Industry specific support - receive tailored sector services, from healthcare to financial services.
  • Relationship managers - dedicated account managers offer hands-on help and are available as your first point of contact
  • Bank your way - find the best way for your to bank, from in-branch and by phone to online and mobile banking

Metro Bank offer two business bank accounts:

  • Business Current Account - account for small businesses that turnover less than £2 million per annum.
  • Commercial Current Account - this account is for businesses that make more than £2 million turnover each year and require a complex banking solution.

Here's a summary of fees for the Metro Bank business current accounts:

Account nameMetro Business Bank AccountMetro Commercial Current Account
Annual turnover requirement£2 million or lessMore than £2 million
Application feeFreeFree
Account fee£6*Free
Bank transfers30p50p
Card purchases30p50p
ATM withdrawals30p50p
Cash deposits0.70% the value0.70% the value
Cheque deposits30p50p

*for balances of more than £6,000, the account maintenance fee is reduced to zero and you're given 30 free transactions (a total of 30, combining all transactions in the table above) each month.


To be eligible for a business account with Metro Bank, you and all directors must:

  • Be over 18
  • Be a UK resident & taxpayer
  • Be registered with Companies House or HMRC as self-employed (applying as a sole trader)
  • Turnover less than £2 million (Business Bank Account)
  • Turnover more than £2 million (Commercial Current Account)

This is what you'll need to apply for Metro Bank:

  • Business or personal email address
  • UK mobile number
  • In-date, original photo ID
  • Mobile device with a camera

Limited companies are subject to a credit check upon application, though may not need any of the documents above.

Opening an account

Here's how to open a Metro Bank business account:

  1. To open online download Metro's app from the App Store or Google Play, or sign up from their website
  2. To open in store find your nearest Metro Bank and head on in
  3. Complete their application, available from 10am each day - Metro Bank will confirm your eligibility
  4. Verify your ID - with photo ID such as a passport or photocard driving licence
  5. Once approved, you can start banking

Switching accounts

If you already have a business bank account you can switch to Metro Bank hassle-free.

You won't need to do anything except for applying as usual and Metro Bank's switching team will take care of the rest - transferring all incoming and outgoing payments, moving the balance across and finally closing your old account.

To successfully switch you will need to provide:

  • Proof of identity & residence
  • Previous account details, including account number & sort code
  • The date you want to be switched over by


Metro Bank offer arranged business overdrafts from £100 up to £25,000. The typical interest rate is 11.82% EAR with arrangement fees of 1.75% of the agreed limit, or £50 should that be more.

There are no fees on overdrafts with limits up to £500.

You'll need a Metro account to be eligible and will undergo a credit check.

For businesses that require an overdraft of more than £25,000, rates and fees can be agreed upon application.

Metro Bank savings accounts

Metro Bank offer three different options when it comes to business savings. These are the accounts:

  • Business Instant Access Deposit Account- an easy access account that can be opened with as little as £1, offering an interest rate of 0.50% AER.
  • Business Fixed Term Deposit Accounts - there are two fixed terms you can choose to save for, one or two years, from £5,000. Saving for one year gives an interest rate of 2.20% and 2.30% AER for two.
  • Business Notice Accounts - you can choose between three periods to lock your money away for, 35, 60 or 95 days. You can't withdraw until after the notice period and doing so rewards interest rates of 0.80% to 1.00% AER.

Here's a summary of Metro Bank's business savings accounts:

Metro Business SavingsAccount TypeInterest Rate (AER)Minimum DepositMaximum Balance
Business Instant Access Deposit Account Instant acess0.50%No minimumNo maximum
35-Day Business Notice AccountNotice0.80%No minimumNo maximum
60-Day Business Notice AccountNotice0.90%No minimumNo maximum
95-Day Business Notice AccountNotice1.00%No minimumNo maximum
1-Year Business Fixed Term Deposit AccountFixed term2.20%£5,000No maximum
2-Year Business Fixed Term Deposit AccountFixed term2.30%£5,000No maximum

Metro Bank reviews

Metro Bank get 2.4 out of 5 stars on Trustpilot, from over 4,000 reviews, with 49% rating them 5 stars.

On the App Store Metro have an excellent score of 4.8 stars, based on nearly 800 ratings.

Metro also have a good rating on Google Play with 4.5 out of 5 from over 35,700 reviews.

Information correct as of 9th January 2023.