Frequently asked questions
You are not required to have business associations with Access Bank Plc in Nigeria or Africa to have a Banking relationship with us in the UK.
You are required to be a business entity and also to provide registration or incorporation details of your business. For more details, please contact our Relationship Managers directly on 0333 222 4516.
Yes, you can open different Accounts to suit your specific business requirements.
The minimum initial deposit is £5,000. This needs to be deposited into your Account within 14 days of the Account being opened.
There is a monthly charge of £10 for maintaining the Account, which will be debited to your Account at the end of each month. Other charges are transaction-specific. For other charges that may apply to your Account, please check the Fee Information document.
You can have Business Accounts in the following three currencies: GBP (£), USD ($) and EUR (€).
You can either send money outside the UK through the Online Banking service or by contacting our Relationship Managers via telephone. If you make the transfer via Online Banking, you will be charged 5% of the transfer amount up to a maximum charge of £35.
For further details, please check our Fee Information document.
When you pay a cheque into your Account it is sent to the drawer’s bank for payment. This process is known as the central cheque clearing cycle and normally takes three working days. We also need to allow two extra days to ensure that the cheque is paid.
Yes, you will receive a letter informing you of any cheque that is returned unpaid. Also, if you check your Account statement online, you will see that you have not been credited for the value of the returned cheque.
A Direct Debit is an instruction to allow an organisation or an individual to collect regular payments from an Account – such as gas, electricity, rent, phone bills etc. Direct Debits may be for fixed or variable amounts.
The Direct Debit Guarantee Scheme protects you in the rare event that there is an error in the payment of your Direct Debit.
To arrange a new Direct Debit, you will need to sign a Direct Debit instruction provided by the organisation that you would like to pay.
A Standing Order is an instruction to pay a fixed amount to someone from your Account at regular intervals. The money is taken from your Account automatically on a fixed date.
To arrange a new Standing Order, you will need to complete a Standing Order form.
A Bank Identifier Code (or BIC) is used to identify your bank when receiving payments, including when receiving money from outside the UK.
International Bank Account Numbers (IBANs) have been introduced to standardise the identification of bank accounts around the world. It does not replace your existing Bank sort code and Account number(s).
Your Account number and branch details are the primary way in which the Bank identifies your Account. Your IBAN is used when receiving money from outside the UK in your favour to identify your Account in a uniform way. It allows the sending bank to validate that the IBAN data provided is in the correct format.
It is a legal requirement for all bank accounts in the EU and EEA to have an IBAN and for a BIC to be associated with the IBAN. Due to new regulations, IBAN and BIC codes are now required when sending money outside the UK and receiving money from outside the UK within Europe.
You should advise the beneficiary that the payment may be delayed or subject to additional charge if this information is not provided. Please note that, from 01/01/2007, the beneficiary’s bank is entitled to reject the payment if the IBAN and BIC codes are not specified.
The security of your financial information is very important to us, and every effort is made to protect you online. We use the latest technology to ensure that our online service is safe and secure.
If you suspect fraudulent transactions on your Account, you need to report this directly to us on 0333 222 4516. We will investigate immediately.
Our Relationship Managers are able to help. Please contact them on 0333 222 4516.
Our UK-based Relationship Managers will be pleased to answer any of your questions. You can contact them directly on 0333 222 4516 or on +44 1606 813020 if you are calling from outside of the UK.
You can contact our Relationship Managers directly on 0333 222 4516 or send your written complaint to: Customer Services, The Access Bank UK, 4 Royal Court, Gadbrook Way, Gadbrook Park, Northwich, Cheshire, CW9 7UT.
We would be delighted to hear from you to discuss our range of products and services and show you how they may be of benefit to you.
Our experienced team will be happy to assist if you have any queries or require further information relating to our services.
Please contact our Relationship Managers on:
Alternatively you can email us: firstname.lastname@example.org
On 13 th January 2018 the second Payment Services Directive (PSD2) came into effect and replaced the original Payment Services Directive 2009 (PSD1) for the regulation of payment services in the EU.
PSD2 was introduced to bring regulation up to date in respect of developments in the market for payment services and promote further innovation. It also aims to improve consumer protection, make sending money within the UK and sending and receiving money from outside the UK, within Europe safer and more secure, and drive down the cost of services.
The changes include the following:
Increased transparency to payment fees and charges
For European Economic Area (EEA) transactions in EEA and non-EEA currencies, the payer will only pay their bank’s charges and the payee will pay the beneficiary bank’s charges.
The amount customers are liable for in respect of an unauthorised payment transaction arising from the use of a lost or stolen payment instrument has been lowered.
Enhanced consumer protection and security
PSD2 introduces measures for strong authentication in order to increase security in relation to payment services.
Regulation of Third Party Payment Providers (TPPs)
PSD2 introduces new ways of sharing data and sending money both within the UK and outside the UK, within Europe direct from online ‘payment accounts’. This is to allow customers to have more control in respect of their information and the way money is sent both within the UK and outside the UK within Europe.
If you have a payment account that is accessible online, you can authorise certain types of regulated businesses to access and collate information regarding your accounts, or initiate payments to third parties from your account without the requirement to provide payment card details. These businesses are referred to as ‘Third Party Payment Service Providers’ (‘TPPs’).
Further information in respect of PSD2 can be found in a factsheet published on the European Commission website: http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_MEMO-15-5793_en.htm?locale=en.
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Applying to use our APIs
If you are an Account Information Service Provider (AISP) and/or Payment Initiation Service Provider (PISP) you can apply to use the Bank’s APIs. Prior to commencing your application to access and use the Bank’s APIs, please ensure that you have registered with the FCA as an Account Information Service Provider (AISP) and/or Payment Initiation Service Provider (PISP).
Contact TPP@theaccessbankukltd.co.uk to express your interest in using the Bank’s APIs and provide details of your FCA registration. We will then contact you to progress your application.
What we Provide
In accordance with the Payment Services Directive 2 (PSD2), the Bank provides access to a Sandbox environment which delivers mocked responses for each of the APIs that have been made available. This will allow you to test that your API calls receive the documented response. Please note the Sandbox is not transactional.
The Bank is working to provide access to the live banking system in line with the PSD2 directive.
Full documentation in respect of the Bank’s APIs can be accessed at https://accounts65.docs.apiary.io/
Yes, the Bank has a duty to protect the confidentiality of its customers under the Data Protection Act 1998. However, in certain circumstances (such as if obliged by law) we may have to provide information. Please refer to our Terms and Conditions for more information.