You can pay funds into your account at the following locations. Please remember to include a completed paying-in-slip for any payment you make:
Paying in by post - cheques or postal orders only
The deposit envelopes provided should be used to post your cheques or postal orders to our processing centre - for security purposes please do not enclose any cash. If you need more freepost envelopes, please call your Customer Service Centre.
Please remember to include a completed paying-in-slip with your payment, postal orders must be completed on a separate paying-in slip. Write your sortcode and account number on the reverse of each cheque, and allow a minimum of 4 working days before you draw against the payment.
You can make use of the network of Post Office branches to pay in cash and cheques over the counter. Cash can be deposited at any Post Office by debit card or cash deposit slip up to a maximum of £10,000 per week (of which a maximum of £250 per day can be coins) without prior arrangement. There are over 11,500 Post Office branches across the country so there should be a local one near you.
Please be advised that some Post Office® branches can only accept Cash Deposits of up to £2,000 per day.
If you are likely to deposit over £10,000 cash per week and/or require a Change Giving facility you will need to call your Customer Service Centre to register with the address of your preferred Post Office branch. Please allow up to three weeks for the arrangements to be made. There may be a nominal charge for this service, please refer to your tariff.
For more information on how to utilise Post Office services, please read the Post Office® Guide - PDF.
By standing order/Faster Payments
If you receive electronic payments from customers, you can arrange for them to pay direct into your business account by standing order or by Faster Payments.
Cash machines (ATMs)
You can use your business debit or cash card at any LINK ATM cash machine to withdraw up to £500 per day (in two lots of £250), provided sufficient funds are in your account. Co-operative Bank and most LINK machines are free of charge. However, some LINK ATMs in shops, nightclubs, amusement arcades etc. and some bank's do charge an additional fee for the service. You will be advised of this charge before you make your transaction.
If you use an ATM that is not a LINK machine, or if you use your business credit card in the UK to obtain cash from any ATM, LINK included, then you will be charged a 2% handling charge on the amount withdrawn, minimum £2.
Some shops/supermarkets now allow you to get cash at the same time as paying for your goods. If the shop does offer this facility they usually ask you if you want cashback before the payment is authorised; alternatively you can ask the cashier for cashback before paying for the item.
You can use your business account cheque book to pay bills and suppliers, and to cash cheques at any Co-operative Bank branch, subject to sufficient funds.
To start using this service call your Customer Service Centre to request a bill payment mandate. Complete the details, sign it, and return to us. Then each time a payment is required call us with the name of the beneficiary and amount and we will pay the bill directly from your business account.
Standing orders/Direct Debits
Any regular payments you make can be set up on either standing order for fixed amounts, or Direct Debits if the amounts vary. Low transaction charges make this one of the most cost-effective ways of dealing with your regular outgoings.
You can now quickly and easily download the forms below to help you make changes to your account more effectively.
Simply print the form that you need, complete the relevant sections and send back to the specific address.
1. Change of account signatories
If you would like to change the signatories on your account, you will need to select the form below:
2. Change of Authorised Account Persons
(Important: This form cannot be used to request a change of authorised signature on your account - please use the relevant form in Section 1)
If you would like to change the Authorised Account Persons on your account, please select the following form:
Once you have completed the relevant form, please send to:
Business Account Signatories Team
The Co-operative Bank p.l.c.
P.O. Box 250
To help speed up the processing of your application we need the following additional information from the following entity types:
Limited companies - All directors are required to have provided their details within the mandate, regardless of whether or not they are to be signatories on the account.
Unincorporated associations (including political parties, schools and
trusts) and mutuals – Please provide an up to date copy of your governing document and a list of your committee members including name, date of birth, address and nationality for each, regardless of whether they are to be signatories to the account.
Unincorporated registered charities/CIO/SCIO – Please provide an up to date copy of your governing document ensuring all trustees have provided their details within the mandate.
Incorporated charities (whereby a charity is registered as both Ltd & Registered Charity) – All trustees/directors are required to have provided their details within the mandate, regardless of whether they are to be signatories on the account.
3. Change of account title
If you want to inform us of a change of name to your account you will need the form below.
Change of account title - PDF
Once you have completed the checklist that is on the form and you have any supporting documentation that might be needed please send to:
Business Account Title Team
The Co-operative Bank p.l.c.
P.O. Box 250
4. Closing your account
If you wish to close your account you will need to complete the form below.
Business account closure form
Payment Transaction History
From 2 February 2018, as part of the Competition and Markets Authority Retail Order, we are required to provide you with up to five years’ worth of your payment transaction history, following the closure of your account. This information will show all of your payment related transactions that have been made through your account up to a period of five years.
We won’t provide this for any period where there has been no payment related transactions i.e. your account has only attracted charges, if your annual turnover is greater than £6.5m or if the account was closed due to:
- fraud or other unlawful activity;
- the death of the account holder;
- or in certain circumstances whereby the account holder's business or the business has closed
We will write to you and ask you to complete and sign a form in accordance with your Bank mandate.
Once we have received and successfully verified your signed document, we will send the payment transaction history to you within 10 working days. This will generally be sent to the address we held on file for you at the point your account was closed, unless requested otherwise by you or we require further information.
If you do not require this information you can tick the appropriate box on the form and return this to us.
Please note: The number of years’ worth of payment transaction information we will provide to you will depend on the time between your account being closed and you submitting your request. For example, if you closed your account 2 years ago you will be provided 3 years’ worth of payment transaction history. If your account has been open for less than five years, your transaction history will only cover this period.
If you changed your current account product and retained the same account details, your payment transaction history will cover all transactions made during that period.
Can I request a copy of Payment Transaction History after my account has closed?
If your account was closed after 2 February 2018, you can request a copy of your Payment Transaction History any time up to five years after your account has closed. In certain circumstances there may be a charge for this request.
Requests for Payment Transaction History after your account has closed will be sent to you within 7 working days following us being able to complete our reasonable identification requirements.
To request this, please write to us, signed in accordance with your Bank mandate at the following address.
Business Account Closure Team
The Co-operative Bank p.l.c.
P.O. Box 250
If you require information prior to the 5 year limit, this would need to be requested via a formal Subject Access Request. To request this, please write to us at the address detailed above enclosing a cheque for £10.00 made payable to The Co-operative Bank.
If your debit, credit or cash card or cheque book has been lost or stolen, or if some one else knows your Personal Identification Number (PIN) please ring our Lost and Stolen telephone number immediately on 0345 600 6000^.
Your cards and/or cheque book will be blocked immediately to prevent any unauthorised use. New cards/cheque books/PIN numbers will be ordered and sent to you as soon as possible.
Credit card accounts - please note
If you are reporting your credit card lost/stolen and you have secondary cardholders on the account then all the cards will be blocked. Please ensure you advise the other cardholders as any purchases made after the card has been blocked will not be authorised for any cards on the credit card account.
Also, If you have any regular automated payments being claimed from your credit card account, you will have to contact these companies to advise them of your new credit card account number details when you receive your new card.