Tide business account review

Tide bank account aims to give small business owners their time back, by simplifying expenses and invoicing. We look at the features and fees of this business bank account.

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The Tide business account is designed for SMEs (small and medium sized enterprises), and comes with invoicing and expenses management features, as well as the option to connect to a wide range of accountancy software packages.
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CASHBACK
Tide Cashback
£49.99 per month
Free
150 free per month
0% AER
FreeAgent, KashFlow, QuickBooks, Reckon One, Sage, Xero
Online & app
Get 0.5% cashback with your Tide card. Plus register your limited company for free (usually £12) and open a Tide account in one go: choose 'Register a company' from the Tide homepage menu.
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Tide Plus
£9.99 per month
Free
20 free per month
0% AER
FreeAgent, KashFlow, QuickBooks, Reckon One, Sage, Xero
Online & app
Register your limited company for free (usually £12) and open a Tide account in one go: choose 'Register a company' from the Tide homepage menu
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OFFER
Tide Free
Free
£0.20
Free if both accounts are with Tide
0% AER
FreeAgent, KashFlow, QuickBooks, Reckon One, Sage, Xero
Online & app
Register your limited company for free (usually £12) and open a Tide account in one go: choose 'Register a company' from the Tide homepage menu
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What is Tide?

Tide is a fintech app which offers business accounts to small businesses and freelancers, hoping to relieve them of some of the financial stress that comes with a growing company.

Tide’s business accounts come with a number of features that address some of the most stressful aspects of working for yourself and offer all of this for no monthly fee. Tide has been featured as one of our best business bank accounts for small businesses, sole traders and freelancers.

How does the Tide business account work?

Like many other fintech online-only business apps, the majority of Tide’s features are found on your smartphone. The card you’re sent in the post is the only physical aspect of your Tide account.

The Tide app offers a number of resources to help freelancers nurture their businesses and organises them into a series of easily accessible pages.

The app at its core is simple and streamlined, with some more advanced and decorative features present to help exaggerate its convenience. The pages of features include:

  • Accounts: The introductory screen for your Tide app. Here you can see your Tide account plus any other accounts you have linked through Open Banking, along with their balances and transaction records.
  • Easy accounting: Each Tide card has a record of its transactions. File these transactions under a selection of different categories, e.g. travel, insurance, health, food.
  • Invoice: Manage invoices, see a description of the job and its pricing, see which invoices are active or paid and create new invoices. Invoices can be issued in minutes.
  • Pay: You get issued a virtual card immediately upon registration, then you will be posted a physical card with which to make payments.
  • Help: Issue enquiries and requests to the Tide team. This page also displays several questions frequently asked by users.
  • More: Manage your personal and security details and learn about more Tide services including accountancy software, direct debits and customisable invoice templates.

How can Tide help your business? CEO Oliver Prill answers

Tide CEO Oliver Prill on how the company developed its business account: “The Tide team found that banking itself was not really working well for SMEs, but they also realised that it’s not just banking but all the things around it, like accounting, payroll and invoicing. So they set out on a journey to solve all of that for small businesses.”

Tide fees and limits

One of Tide’s other big selling points is it’s competitive fees. The main charges come in the form of:

  • A 20p charge on all transfers in or out of your Tide account. Tide-to-Tide transfers cost nothing.
  • Post Office cash deposits come with a fee of £1. PayPoint cash deposits are charged at 3% of the transaction value.
  • UK ATM withdrawals cost £1 each.
  • UK card transactions are free.
  • International card spending has no additional fees and foreign ATM withdrawals cost £1 each.
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Product NameTide
Account feeFree
FSCS protected
UK ATM charge£1
Account software integration
Accounting integrationsFreeAgent, KashFlow, QuickBooks, Reckon One, Sage, Xero
Additional cards35 additional cards
Additional card feeFree
Requires credit check
Credit check
Credit check detailsNo - Tide performs an electronic check but no credit check
Key benefitsRegister your limited company for free (usually £12) and open a Tide account in one go: choose 'Register a company' from the Tide homepage menu
Overdraft
Freeze card from app or online banking
Instant notifications
Interest rate0%
Current account switch guarantee
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Using Tide abroad

Your Tide card has the same fees whether you use it in the UK or abroad – so no charges for making purchases, but a £1 fee per ATM withdrawal. This means that any transactions or withdrawals you make while you’re overseas will only be subject to exchange rates, and no additional charges.

The only international hurdle you will face will come from bank transfers, which as of yet are not possible with the standard Tide account.

Doing business overseas with Tide

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Product NameTide
Overseas transaction chargeFree
Overseas ATM charge£1
International transfer chargeNo international transfers

The new company registration service from Tide

Tide now offers a service that allows new customers to register a limited company at the same time as opening a Tide business account. Tide pays the £12 incorporation fee on the customer’s behalf, with the certificate of incorporation arriving from Companies House in around 3-6 hours.

The streamlined process means both applications can be carried out at the same time, with business owners able to choose their limited company’s name at the time of sign-up. Tide is only able to process applications from single company shareholders, although it notes that you can add additional shareholders and directors to your limited company at a later date by contacting Companies House directly.

Is Tide safe?

Not only do you have to authenticate your account using a password, you also have to authorise all payments through your phone. Tide also requests a selfie every time you log onto a new device to make sure it’s actually you.

Tide isn’t a licensed bank, but it is authorised by the Financial Conduct Authority to operate in the UK as an electronic money institution. This means that customer funds are not specifically protected by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS), which protects deposits of up to £85,000. But Tide customers’ money must be held in segregated accounts at a licensed UK bank, meaning your funds are safeguarded should Tide go bankrupt.

Tide customer reviews

Out of 5, Tide has a rating of 4.8 from more than 27,000 reviews in the App Store, while over on Google Play it has a score of 4.6 from around 3,700 reviews (March 2021).

On consumer review platform Trustpilot, Tide has recorded 4.0 out of 5 stars and a rating of “Great”, based on almost 7,000 reviews. The quick account opening process and easy-to-use mobile banking app were a hit with the Tide users providing feedback on Trustpilot, although some complained about slow response times when contacting customer support.

Pros and cons of Tide

Pros

  • No monthly account fee.
  • Sort your transactions into a number of categories.
  • Connect your Tide account with external accounting technology.
  • Invoice directly from your Tide app.
  • Link your other bank cards to the app to see the balance and a spending record for each one.

Cons

  • No international money transfers.
  • Can’t deposit cheques.
  • No overdrafts or business credit cards available.
  • Digital-only banking, so maybe not for you if your prefer face-to-face contact.

Our verdict

Tide is specifically built for small businesses, which means you’ll get a lot of features to help you manage your finances and keep on top of everything even if you don’t have a big accounting team. It’s also easy to use and set up.

The fees are pretty reasonable, all things considered (especially if you don’t often need to withdraw cash). However, keep in mind that if you use your account a lot and make several transfers and withdrawals a week, you might be better off with an account that only charges a fixed monthly fee. Also, the downside of Tide’s expertise in business current accounts is that you don’t get any other products such as credit cards or personal current accounts.

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

All in all, Tide is a sound option for a small business owners. It’s comparatively cheap, has plenty of useful features, can be used both from the app and from desktop, and it helps you track your spending and manage your business finances, saving you from spending an age studying your account statements.

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    SimonJune 20, 2019

    Can a Tide account be set up with two people having access to the business account

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      nikkiangcoJune 21, 2019Staff

      Hi Simon,

      Thanks for getting in touch! Tide account is not available for multiple users but you can Team Cards. It is an app available to iOS users where you’ll be able to order a Tide Mastercard for up to 35 team members per account. Team Cards will be managed through a single app belonging to the main account holder. They’ll be able to fully manage access for the team – freezing and cancelling cards, and sharing and holding PIN codes. And they’ll be able to see who has spent what, straight through the app.

      You can find more information about this when you visit the Tide App.

      Hope this helps!

      Best,
      Nikki

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    BarryMarch 1, 2019

    Hi!
    I’m a Sole trader and need an account like Tide for small day-to-day transactions. I also need to be able to transfer to/from my Santander current account and all with low fees and allow iZettle payment receipts. Can you advise, please?

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      JoshuaMarch 5, 2019Staff

      Hi Barry,

      Thanks for getting in touch with Finder. I hope all is well with you. :)

      The Tide app allows you to do money transfers from your account to another bank account and vice versa. For this reason, moving funds to and fro Santander current account could be possible with Tide.

      Regarding, iZettle payment receipts, while Tide mentioned they simplify issuing and recording receipts, I can’t find specific mention of iZettle on their website. Best is to directly ask Tide’s customer support to learn more about the app.

      I hope this helps. Should you have further questions, please don’t hesitate to reach us out again.

      Have a wonderful day!

      Cheers,
      Joshua

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    PaulFebruary 25, 2019

    Does the app allow me to add files such as photos of receipt or paper invoice?

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      JoshuaFebruary 27, 2019Staff

      Hi Paul,

      Thanks for getting in touch with Finder. I hope all is well with you. :)

      Yes, the Tide app allows you to add files like photos of receipts and documents. You can add files by visiting the particular transaction in the app, or by ‘sharing’ a file in your phone storage with Tide.

      I hope this helps. Should you have further questions, please don’t hesitate to reach us out again.

      Have a wonderful day!

      Cheers,
      Joshua

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    SteveDecember 7, 2018

    Is a tide account suitable for receiving credit card payments?

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      JoshuaDecember 12, 2018Staff

      Hi Steve,

      Thanks for getting in touch with finder. I hope all is well with you. :)

      At the time of this writing, it is not possible to receive credit card payments through your tide account.

      I hope this helps. Should you have further questions, please don’t hesitate to reach us out again.

      Have a wonderful day!

      Cheers,
      Joshua

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