Should you sign up for a Starling business bank account? We’ll compare the pros and cons of this popular account, so you can make the best decision for your business.

Starling Business Account Overview

Starling is a major UK challenger bank that has offered business accounts since 2018.

Their motto is ‘free, uncomplicated and quick,’ which tells you a bit about their offering. There’s no account set-up fee, and they don’t charge for withdrawing or paying in money. The mobile APP is well-designed and intuitive, and the account is open to limited companies, and sole traders.

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Pros and Cons


  • Fast account set-up
  • No monthly fees or fees overseas
  • Integrations with Quickbooks, Xero & FreeAgent
  • Fully regulated and FSCS protected
  • Phone and App based customer service 24/7
  • Pay Cash in via Post Office
  • Euro and Dollar accounts are available


  • No overdraft facility
  • No branches
  • Charge for paying in money
  • Can’t earn interest
  • depositing cash comes with a fee

About Starling Business Banking

Starling Bank was founded by Welsh tech entrepreneur Anne Boden, with the intention of bringing a ‘smarter, fairer and more human’ bank to the marketplace. Formerly COO of Allied Irish Banks, the bank launched its beta in March 2017. It’s been hugely successful with now over two million accounts, including more than 300,000 small business accounts. A new customer joins Starling every 39 seconds.

Rates and Fees

Account NameStarling Business Account
Account Application FeeFree
Account ChargesFree
Bank transfersFree
Overseas card transaction feesFree
FSCS protectedYes
ATM Use (UK)Free
Requires credit checkYes
Interest (AER)0% AER

Contact Number

You can contact Starling 24/7 via telephone, In-App or email.

Telephone – 0207 930 4450

Starling Business Bank Account Reviews and Ratings

Starling has generally excellent reviews and ratings. It won the Best British Bank award in the British Bank Awards for four consecutive years – 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021.

Starting has over 30,000 reviews on Trustpilot with an average rating of ‘excellent’ and a 4.4-star average.

Smart Money People gives them a rating of 4.94/5, based on 4,986 reviews.

Starling is Which Magazines ‘Recommended Provider’ for Business accounts with a customer score of 85%.