The Cumberland

The Cumberland business bank account comparison and review

The Cumberland building society has two business banking options available for customers within its operating area. Find out what they offer, including all the fees involved.

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The Cumberland offers a range of services to businesses located within its operating areas, including current accounts, savings accounts and mortgages, with a business team that specialises in hospitality and commercial lending.

Compare The Cumberland’s business accounts

Name Product Account fee Bank transfers Interest (AER) Accounting integrations Arranged overdraft Account management Key benefits Link
Business Current  - Option B
£3 per month
Free
0% AER
Xero
Branch, online & app
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Business Current  - Option A
£5 per month
Free
0% AER
Xero
Branch, online & app
View details
Business Current - Schools - Standard Free
Free
Free
0% AER
Xero
Branch, online & app
View details
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What is The Cumberland business banking?

The Cumberland is a building society based in Cumbria, with branches operating in Cumbria, South West Scotland, West Northumberland and North Lancashire.

What type of business accounts does The Cumberland offer?

The Cumberland has two types of business accounts, depending on your type of business and daily transactions:

  • Option A. For businesses with a high proportion of cash and cheque transactions.
  • Option B. For businesses with a high proportion of electronic transactions.

Before applying, you are directed to The Cumberland’s business banking calculator. When you have filled in details about credits to and payments from your account, as well as current arrangements, you are directed to the option that is most suitable for your business.

The Cumberland business banking features and charges

Below are the details for each of The Cumberland’s business banking options:

Option A:

  • Cost of maintaining the account – £5 per month.
  • 35p fee for making direct debit and standing order payments.
  • 35p fee for sending money within the UK using online banking, £1.50 for sending money in branch.
  • £25 for CHAPS payments.
  • Cash withdrawal in the UK – £1,500 per quarter free, then 40p per £100.
  • Arranged Overdraft – 3.04% per quarter (12.73% EAR* variable).
  • Unarranged Overdraft – 5.659% per quarter (24.63% EAR* variable).

    Option B:

    • Cost of maintaining the account – £3 per month.
    • No fee for making direct debit and standing order payments.
    • No fee for sending money within the UK using online banking, £1.50 for sending money in branch.
    • £25 for CHAPS payments.
    • Cash withdrawal in the UK – 75p per £100.
    • Arranged Overdraft – 3.04% per quarter (12.73% EAR* variable).
    • Unarranged Overdraft – 5.659% per quarter (24.63% EAR* variable).

      The Cumberland international business banking

      Both business banking options from The Cumberland offer international banking.

      Cost of international banking:

      • Cash withdrawal in foreign currency outside the UK – free.
      • Foreign currency payment outside the UK to another European country in euros – £12.
      • Foreign currency payment outside the UK in currencies other than euros and/or to non-European countries – £20.
      • Receiving money from outside the UK (automated credits) – 20p and up to £60.

        The Cumberland business banking contact details

        The Cumberland customer care team can be reached on 01228403141.

        You can book telephone appointments and request a callback by filling in a form in the contact section of The Cumberland’s website.

        The Cumberland business banking reviews

        Online customer reviews are for The Cumberland as a building society, not specifically its business services.

        On Trustpilot, The Cumberland has 3.6 out of 5 stars and a rating of “Average”, based on just a handful of reviews. On similar platform Feefo, it has 4.8 out of 5 stars, based on more than 1,500 reviews made in the last year.

        Customers praise the fast, efficient and personal service, but some complain about problems with communication and obtaining certain products.

        Pros and cons of The Cumberland business banking

        Pros

        • Choice of two business accounts depending on your payments mix.
        • Integration with Xero accounting software.
        • Overdrafts available.

        Cons

        • Branch network limited to the local region.
        • International banking is an option, but fees for this could be cheaper elsewhere.

        Our verdict

        The Cumberland business banking offering comes with online and mobile banking, but if you’re looking for a branch network then it’s limited to the local region. International banking is also available, but fees are on the expensive side. The general business account fees are fairly middle of the road – there are cheaper accounts out there, plus ones with better digital features. But The Cumberland does have a choice of two business accounts depending on your most-used payment methods, and local businesses may prefer to go with a local banking provider.

        Get started by visiting The Cumberland’s website and sign up for an account. If you have read this review and decided that The Cumberland’s account is not for you, you can also compare other business bank accounts on the market.

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