RBS Business Plus Credit Card review 2020

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RBS Business Bank Account holders can enjoy cashback on day-to-day spending and benefit from no foreign transaction fees on purchases abroad.

Finder rating: ★★★★★

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

IssuerRoyal Bank of Scotland
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 Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) Business Banking (or are interested in switching), then this card could help your company manage an irregular cash flow while offering some appealing perks.

In return for a fee of £70 per annum (per cardholder), you’ll enjoy 0% fees on non-sterling transactions, cashback on everything you buy (see table below) plus a well-below-average standard rate of 14.816%. So if you’re currently paying more elsewhere, you could take advantage of the balance transfer facility (no 0% offers here, sadly) to save on the interest you’re paying each month.
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 card is a nice option if you’re planning to use it constantly, both in the UK and abroad. If you do, the cashback and the lack of foreign transaction fees will make the annual fee well worth it.

RBS business business credit cards are issued on the Mastercard network, so you can use them at more than 35 million merchants and ATMs worldwide.

How does this deal compare with other business cards?

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 Rewards Credit Card
22.9%
£99 p.a.
1 point per £1 spent
22.9% (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 22.9% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 22.9% APR (variable).
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).
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 6 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 18,000 Membership Rewards points for each approved referred friend.
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).
HSBC Commercial Credit Card Visa
15.9%
Year 1 - £0, Year 2 onwards - £32 per annum
N/A
22% (variable)
More Info
Identity Theft Assistance helpline and online tool. Liability Waiver for companies who have two or more cardholders. 24 hour customer service support.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 15.9% (variable) p.a. with a fee of Year 1 - £0, Year 2 onwards - £32 per annum, your representative rate is 22% APR (variable).
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Repayment options

When it comes to repayments, you can make manual repayments online or over the phone (0345 307 0900), 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 RBS (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.

Applying for the RBS Business Plus Credit Card

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

  • Scan and email the form
  • Post the form to RBS
  • 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, RBS will need details of each business partner/owner, including their date of birth and their UK residential address history for the past three years.

If you want to transfer a balance, you’ll need to phone the RBS business team (0345 307 0900).

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