NatWest Business Plus Credit Card review 2020

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Existing Business Bank Account customers can earn cashback on day-to-day spending and benefit from no foreign transaction fees.

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Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 14.816% (variable) p.a. with a fee of £70 per annum, your representative rate is 29% APR (variable).

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Balance transfer fee

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Foreign transaction charge

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Yearly account fee

Details

IssuerNatWest
NetworkMastercard
Annual/monthly fees£70 per annum
Balance transfers14.816%
Balance transfer fee0%
Purchases14.816%
Purchases interest-free periodUp to 56 days
Cash advances14.816%
Min credit limit£500
Max credit limitNot specified
Incentive0.5% after £1 of yearly spend. Maximum of £400 cashback paid per month. Cashback paid Monthly into Card Account. 2% cashback on eligible trade and business supplies, 1% cashback on eligible fuel and hotel accommodation and 0.5% cashback on all other business spending. Max £400 per annum.
Cashback details0.5% after £1 of yearly spend. Maximum of £400 cashback paid per month. Cashback paid Monthly into Card Account. 2% cashback on eligible trade and business supplies, 1% cashback on eligible fuel and hotel accommodation and 0.5% cashback on all other business spending. Max £400 per annum.

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Expert review

If you already use NatWest Business Banking, then a £70 per annum might be a small sum to pay in return for the significant perks this card has to offer. Just bear in mind that that fee is per cardholder however.

In return for that £70 per annum fee, you’ll enjoy 0% fees on non-sterling transactions, 0.5% cashback on everything you buy plus a well-below-average standard rate of 14.816%. So if you’re currently paying more elsewhere, you could take advantage of the fee-free balance transfer facility (no 0%-interest offers here, sadly) to save on the interest you’re paying each month.

As with almost all credit cards, provided you clear your balance in full each month, you’ll benefit from up to 56 days of 0% interest on your purchases each billing cycle (this doesn’t apply to cash advances). If you don’t clear your balance in full – say if you only make the minimum required payment – you’ll be charged interest on each transaction from the day on which it occurred.

All-in-all, this is a respectable and versatile option, and NatWest’s new “ClearSpend” app makes for a straightforward and pleasant way to track your spending in real time. For the hardcore perk-seekers out there, a few other business cards on the market (from the likes of American Express or Capital on Tap) can offer a little more excitement.

Pros and cons

Pros

  • 56 days to spread the cost of purchases (provided you pay off your balance in full each month).
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  • Avoid currency conversion charges when spending abroad.
  • Earn cashback on day-to-day spending.

Cons

  • £70 annual account fee.
  • Applicants with low credit scores are unlikely to be eligible.

NatWest business credit cards use the Mastercard network, so they can be used at more than 35 million merchants and ATMs worldwide.

How does this deal compare?

Table: sorted by interest rate on purchases.
Data indicated here is updated daily
Name Product Purchases Annual/monthly fees Rewards earn rate Rep. APR Link Incentive Representative example
Capital on Tap Business Credit Card
39.41%
£0
N/A
39.9% (variable)
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Upgrade to Capital on Tap Business Rewards Card for £99 pa to earn 1 point for every £1 spent. 1 point can be redeemed for either 1 Avios or 1p in cashback. 10,000 bonus points when £5,000 spent in first 3 months. Up to 20 free supplementary cards available.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 39.41% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 39.9% APR (variable).
Capital on Tap Business Rewards Credit Card
39.41%
£99 p.a.
1 point per £1 spent
39.9% (variable)
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Earn 1 point for every £1 spent. 1 points can be redeemed for either 1 Avios or 1p in cashback. 10,000 bonus points when £5,000 spent in first 3 months. Up to 20 free supplementary cards available.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 39.41% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 39.9% APR (variable).
British Airways American Express Accelerating Business Card
22.2%
£210 per annum
1.5 points per £1 spent
80.3% (variable)
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Earn 1.5 On Business Points for every £1 spent with BA on eligible flights and 1.5 Avios for every eligible £1 spent on credit card. Earn an extra 3,000 On Business Points annually when £20K or more spent by card anniversary.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 22.2% (variable) p.a. with a fee of £210 per annum, your representative rate is 80.3% APR (variable).
American Express Gold Business Card
N/A (this product is a charge card).
Year 1 - £0, Year 2 onwards - £125
1 point per £1 spent
N/A (this product is a charge card).
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Earn 20,000 bonus Membership Rewards® points when you spend £3,000 in first 3 months of Card membership. Earn 1 Membership Rewards® point for every £1 spent thereafter.
American Express Platinum Business Card
N/A (this product is a charge card).
£595 p.a.
1 point per £1 spent
N/A (this product is a charge card).
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Earn 40,000 bonus Membership Rewards® points when you spend £6,000 in first 3 months of Card membership. Earn 1 Membership Rewards® point for every £1 spent thereafter.
Metro Bank Business Credit Card Mastercard
14.9%
£0
N/A
14.9% (variable)
More Info
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 14.9% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 14.9% APR (variable).
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Repayment options

When it comes to repayments, you can make manual repayments online or over the phone (0345 711 44 77), or alternatively set up a direct debit. A direct debit is a great idea because it protects you from forgetting to make a repayment and either damaging your credit score, getting hit with a penalty fee or losing any promotional rates as a result. You can arrange a direct debit for repayments when you apply for the credit card. The table below shows the options available.

Choose from the following direct debit options for your monthly repayments:

Minimum amount Fixed amount Fixed percentage Full amount

Am I eligible?

Interested? Before going any further, check you meet the following requirements:

  • Your business will need to be registered in the UK and have an annual turnover below £6m.
  • You’ll need to already hold a business current account with NatWest (in the same legal entity name).
  • You’ll need to be a director of the business, aged over 18 and resident in the UK and not have been declared bankrupt or received a County Court Judgement (CCJ) or Court Decree.

How to apply for the NatWest Business Plus Card

If you’ve compared cards and want to apply, you can download an application form from the NatWest site. You’ll then need to submit the form in one of the following ways:

  • Scan and email the form.
  • Post the form to NatWest.
  • Drop the form in at a branch.

To help speed up your application, it’s a good idea to have a few key details to hand. You’ll need your business address, trading address (and registered address if different), and company number if you have one. You’ll also be asked for financial information such as your business turnover, net profit before tax and bank details. Finally, NatWest will need details of each business partner/owner, including their date of birth and three years’ UK residential address history.

If you want to transfer a balance, you’ll need to phone the NatWest business team (0345 711 44 77).

Our verdict

If you simply want a card to help manage an irregular cash flow, then this card’s little sister can do that too, without the annual fee. But for most businesses with an annual turnover of up to £6m, this card is likely to offer more in benefits than it costs. However, you could potentially access even more rewards through the likes of American Express or Capital on Tap

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