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Identification requirements for Business Account customers

We need to confirm the identity of the company and each signatory in order to protect you against fraud and to comply with legislation. You are required to provide the following documentation to open a Business Deposit Account:

• A Board Resolution on company headed paper authorising named signatories to open the account.

• A list of all the Directors and any senior persons responsible for its operations, including names, titles, addresses, dates of birth and nationalities.

• We need to confirm the identity of each authorised signatory operating the account. We use an electronic verification system, and if this is successful, that’s all we need to do. However, in certain cases (for example if you are not listed on the electoral roll or you have recently moved house) you will be asked to provide additional proof of identity.

If you are required to provide additional identification you must supply two items acceptable to the Society to verify your name and address. If you think you will need to provide identification, please click here for details of acceptable documentation or contact the Society’s Business Account Helpline 01455 894060.  The Society will be unable to open your account until we have completed identification procedures.

• Name of individuals who own or control over 25% of the company shares or voting rights, or who otherwise exercise control over the management of the company, or otherwise exercise significant influence or control over the company (persons of significant control). We need to confirm the identity of any individuals listed who are not authorised signatories on the account and will do this using electronic verification if authorisation is provided on the application form.

Please note that in addition we will also verify the identity of the company with a search at Companies House.