Santander Business Account: Overview for the UK

Paola Faben Oliveira

Santander is a large UK retail and commercial bank which has been around for more than a century. Since its entry into the UK market in November 2004, Santander UK has transformed, moving from its heritage of three former building societies to a full-service retail and commercial bank.

However, if you’re wondering whether or not Santander is the best solution for your business banking, this article will help you eliminate some of the biggest questions and help you decide further. We will also present you Wise Business account, an alternative to Santander and other banks in the UK.

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Santander business account review

Choosing the right bank account for your business should be the first rule in financial management, as the account will be your primary tool for making business transactions including payments to suppliers, vendors and employees.

It's also very crucial for your cash flow management and accounts receivables - reasons why you should do a thorough research before committing to a bank. Here are the things to consider during this process.

1. Santander business account fees

Santander’s fees vary depending on the type of account. Here’s a quick rundown of the fees:

Fees1 -2 -3 Business Current Account¹Business Current Account²
Monthly fee£12.50£7.50
CHAPS payments£25£25
International payments out£25£25
Faster and SEPA paymentsFreeFree
Local cash withdrawals at Santander ATMsFreeFree

Santander business overdraft

As part of your current account application, you can apply for a business overdraft from £500 to £25,000 (subject to acceptance) if:

  • You have a good credit history;
  • You haven't been declared bankrupt;
  • You haven'’t been a disqualified director or a director of a failed business within the last 6 years; and
  • Neither you, nor any of the directors, owners (shareholders) or partners, have had an Individual Voluntary Arrangement.
Fee typeCost³
Arranged overdraft annual fee1% of arranged overdraft (minimum fee £50)
Arranged overdraft interest rate10% EAR (variable)

2. Santander business internet banking

Going to the bank branch to make any transaction has been unimaginable since banks adopted online banking. Most banks offer online banking via the app or website and even the most crucial transactions can now be done online.

With Santader business banking, you can perform the following transactions online:

  • Check balances
  • BillPay
  • Transfers
  • Alerts
  • Create/Change debit card PIN
  • Santander Instant Card Hold
  • View statements

3. Santander business account security

Banks and financial institutions are obliged to provide a secure service to their customers. This includes keeping your money and information safe.

Santander conducts fraud detection tests and has security features in place to ensure that your account is safe.⁵ This includes:

  • Secure account authentication for mobile banking through Touch and Face ID for Apple and fingerprint for Android.
  • Activate debit and credit cards, put misplaced cards on hold, report them lost or stolen, and request replacements online.
  • Also change or create your ATM, debit, or credit card PIN right from your mobile device.
  • Get alerts when transactions are made
  • Digital Banking Guarantee protects you from loss resulting from fraud, which means that they'll cover any loss you incur due to unauthorised activity when you promptly notify them.
  • Industry-standard security protocols for data encryption


Wise Business: a cost effective alternative for international transactions

We mentioned early on the fees for international payments with Santander. If you do business overseas and are looking for a cost effective way to pay, get paid and manage your finances across currencies, Wise Business can be an alternative!

Providers like Wise Business help cut the cost on international transfers. It's a service that is tailored to your global business needs. You can receive, send and hold different currencies in one account and convert between them. Here are some additional benefits that you could take advantage of:

  • Employee expense cards - with no foreign transaction fees for spending in 160+ countries, plus spending limit controls and 0.5% cashback
  • API integration with business and accounting tools
  • Bulk payments - batch pay up to 1,000 people at once
  • Bespoke permission levels to control team access.
  • Option to earn a return on the balances you hold on GBP, EUR and USD

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Sources used in the article:

  1. Business Banking General Terms and Conditions and Important Information
  2. Business Banking General Terms and Conditions and Important Information
  3. 1|2|3 Business Current Account
  4. Secure Online Banking - Santander
  5. Privacy and Security | Santander Bank

Sources last checked September 15, 2023

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