Business banking

Everything you need from a current account, from mobile app banking to a local branch, and the first year is FREE*. Now includes Xero cloud accounting integration.
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Our business banking options are available within our core operating area.

For businesses in our operating area with a high proportion of cash and cheque transactions
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Higher automated transaction charges
Lower manual transaction charges
Credit interest
Monthly fee
Operating area only
For businesses in our area with a high proportion of electronic transactions
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Free automated transactions
Higher manual transaction charges
No credit interest
Monthly fee
Operating area only
Which option is best for you?
Business Banking Calculator
Use our online calculator to work out which account option would be best for your business and how much money you could save by switching your banking to us
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Online Savings Account
The account offers instant access via Internet Banking
Free Schools Banking
Completely free day-to-day banking for schools
Free Schools Banking
Available to cheque book and academy status schools i.e. schools which control their own finances, within our operating area
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Here's all you need to know in a handy five minute guide and more information about switching to The Cumberland
Bruce and Luke's, Coffee and Donuts

Our accounts are run on Xero which is why we bank with The Cumberland. We also benefit from having a local branch to cash up, and have a great relationship with their Business team.

Bruce and Luke's, Coffee and Donuts

Business Current Account Reviews


Everything you’d expect from a bank account, without the bank. Be more than a number with the Cumberland.

Local Branches
34 branches throughout our operating area
Find A Branch
When you're out and about, a friendly local branch team are nearby to help you
Local Customer Service Team
Here for you 7 days a week
About The Team
Our friendly team based in Carlisle are here to take your call and reply to your messages
Switch In 7 Days
Our Current Account Switch Service
Current Account Switch Service
Our team based in Carlisle are here to switch your account smoothly and quickly, guaranteed


Making your life that little bit easier

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Internet Banking
On computer, tablet and smartphone
View your balances and transactions, view statements, transfer money between your accounts, make payments, manage your balance text alerts. Safely and securely.
Receive money using a mobile number
Pay2Mobile and Paym FAQs
Pay2Mobile is part of Paym, which connects over 40m current accounts and mobile numbers in the UK and allows you, as a business, to receive payments from your customers using just your mobile phone number
Xero Accounting Software More about Xero
Xero’s cloud-based accounting packages allow businesses to manage their finances from anywhere, at any time, and now all our business banking users can sign up to have their account transactions automatically imported into the software.
Contactless Visa Debit Card
To make purchases in shops and online
Contactless Visa Debit Card
Use to make payment in pounds (including to suppliers) and withdraw cash at a cash machine. Where the Contactless symbol is displayed for purchases up to £30, you can carry out a Contactless payment with your card and Apple Pay. Available to all signatories.


How we can work together to make your money safe and secure

How To Protect Yourself
Keeping yourself and your money safe
Our Fraud Protection Tips
We do a lot to help protect you from fraud; so take 5 minutes to read our top tips on what you can do to protect yourself even better from fraud.
How We Protect You
Keeping you and your money safe
How We Protect You
We do a lot to help protect you from fraud; find out more about our services which help keep your money safe and secure.

CASS.pngCurrent 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 your new bank or building society agrees, bank accounts that include an overdraft can switch using the Current Account Switch Service. And if you’d like to have an overdraft with your new bank account, speak to your new bank or building society before starting your switch. Your new bank or building society will be able to advise if you’re eligible for an overdraft, dependent on their lending criteria and your credit status.
  • Crystal_Mark_Small.pngIf 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.

Fee Information (Charges)

Fee Information Documents
The Fee Information Documents provide details of the fees for using the main services linked to our business current accounts (known as payment accounts).
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More Information

  • Who can apply

    We welcome new applications from new and existing customers who live within our branch operating area, however, we do not accept new accounts from new customers who live outside our branch operating area.

    Some restrictions may also apply to new accounts available to existing customers who live outside our branch operating area. Contact us for more information.

    Our operating area is:

    • Cumbria (all CA and LA postcodes)
    • South-West Scotland (all DG postcodes and TD9)
    • West Northumberland (NE45-49)
    • North Lancashire (all PR, FY, LA AND BB1-2 and BB5-7)
  • Withdrawal limits

    You can take up to £300 cash out of your account in pounds at a Link and Visa cash machine, in the UK. If you come into branch you can withdraw up to £500 cash per day.

  • Arranged overdrafts

    An arranged overdraft can be useful for short term borrowing, for example to cover your expenses until income is received. The advantage of an arranged overdraft is it is flexible and you can dip into it at any point over the agreement period.

    Arranged overdrafts are available upon request, subject to status.

  • Opening an account in branch

    You need to arrange an appointment at your local branch (Monday to Saturday). Alternatively, call into your local branch and speak to one of our team.

    Unless you have an account with us already, we will need you to provide proof of your identity and evidence of your address. Please bring one original document of each. Acceptable documents include:

    Proof of identity
    • Current valid signed passport
    • Current UK photocard driving licence
    • Firearms certificate or shotgun licence
    • A blue disabled drivers pass
    • An EU photocard driving licence
    Evidence of your address
    • Recent utility bill dated within the last six months (mobile phone bills cannot be accepted though)
    • A council tax bill valid for the current year
    • Bank, building society or credit union statement dated within the last six months

    We also need to verify your business identity. Please bring one original document from:

    • Certificate of Incorporation (required for all limited company applications)
    • Business Card or Business Letterhead
    • Business statements from a Bank or Building Society which confirms the business name and address
    • Financial Accounts (signed and dated within the last 12 months)
    • Business Plan (new businesses only)
  • Full account details
    Minimum age
    Must be main business current account
    Current Account Switch Service
    Standing Orders & Direct Debits
    Contactless Visa debit card
    Yes. You can use your debit card to make a payment in pounds. This can be in a shop, online or over the phone.
    Verified by Visa and One Time Passcode protection
    Cash Withdrawal in pounds in the UK at Link cash machines
    £300 per day2
    Mini statements from Cumberland cash machines
    Cash withdrawal at Cumberland branches
    £500 per day3
    Cash withdrawal and debit card payment in foreign currency outside the UK
    Cheque book
    Free (on request)
    Use of all Cumberland branches
    Online banking
    Text alerts
    Pay2Mobile (Mobile Payments)
    Yes (receive only)
    Customer Service Helpline
    Overdraft facility available
    Yes, an arranged overdraft is available on request, subject to status
    Arranged overdraft interest rate
    3.04% per quarter (12.73% p.a. variable EAR)5
    Unarranged overdraft interest rate
    5.659% per quarter (24.63% p.a. variable EAR)5

    Interest rates correct at 11/08/14. Charges are correct as at 01/10/15

    (1) A standing order is a way we can make regular transfers, on your instruction, of a fixed amount of money from your account to another account. A Direct Debit is where you permit someone else (recipient) to instruct us to transfer money from your account to that recipient. We then transfer money to the recipient on a date or dates agreed by you and the recipient. The amount may vary.

    (2) You can take cash out of your account in pounds at a Link and Visa cash machine, bank or Post Office in the UK.

    (3) You can take cash out of your account in pounds at any Cumberland cash machine.

    (4) Unlike most banks, we won't charge you for making Cumberland Visa debit card payments in a foreign currency, or for cash withdrawal in foreign currency outside the UK (with most Cumberland current accounts). The provider of a cash machine or retailer may apply a charge.

    (5) EAR – Effective Annual Rate.

Changes to Terms and Conditions

Changes to Cumberland Card Terms and Conditions Summary
We are updating the above terms and conditions with effect from early 2019.
Changes to our Savings & Current Account and Cumberland Card Terms and Conditions Summary
We are updating the above terms and conditions with effect from 31 October 2018.


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Your eligible deposits with Cumberland Building Society are protected up to a total of £85,000 by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme, the UK's deposit protection scheme. Any deposits you hold above the limit are unlikely to be covered.

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