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To protect all our customers, and to prevent money laundering we must request proof of identity and address for certain parties before you open a new business account. This is required by law. If you make any changes to an existing account, we will need to identify new signatories and all Key Account Parties. We may also carry out a search with fraud prevention and credit reference agencies.
These procedures ensure we're not only complying with the law, but we're doing our best to protect all of our customers. Please help us prevent financial crime.
All Key Account Parties need to be identified. This will include anyone who has control or influence on the business for example:
If you are a UK citizen living in the UK, you can identify yourself by taking one of the following documents to your local branch:
If you are a citizen of an EU country or from one of the following countries, please take your current passport to a local branch:
Citizens of other countries will need to provide a copy of their passport and one piece of address verification from the list below.
UK/EU/EEA citizens (includes Gibraltar, Iceland, Liechtenstein, and Norway) and citizens from Switzerland* who do not possess one of the documents above, will need to visit a branch with one piece of identification and one piece of address verification from the following lists.
Documents appearing on both lists can only be used once for either identification or address verification.
If your business trading address is different from your home address, we will require confirmation in the form of one of the following documents:
If you can't show us any of the items listed, don't worry. There are other ways of proving who you are or where you live. A Relationship Manager will be pleased to tell you what these are so that you can help us meet our legal obligations without traditional forms of proof.
So that we can tell you about products and services that may assist your business, we need to understand the nature of the business you are planning to start. This doesn't have to be in writing, but if you have already completed one of our business planning tools or produced a business plan, we'll be happy to talk through the ideas and questions you have identified. The information that we are likely to request is:
* Citizens of EU/EEA countries and Switzerland can provide their National ID card as proof of identification.
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