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Alternative to Co-op bank

Post: #273927 Thurston Garden
Tue May 14, 2013 1:57 pm

I have banked happily with smile.co.uk, part of the Co-op for a number of years. I recently tried to open a basic business current account with the Co-op and it has been a complete debacle on their part. They lost the first application, lost part of the second application and have promised bank account details 'within 48 hours' and they are still to arrive.

In desperation, I spoke to the Manager of business account openings who was less than apologetic. She then announces it would be a further 4 weeks until I was able to deposit cash as I intended to use the local post office. This would mean that form beginning to end, the application process would have taken 3 months. I told them politely to shove their account. Annoyingly due to lack of local facilities, I have no alternative to open a business account with RBS.

I am so annoyed, I am considering moving my personal banking from them too. Does anyone have experience of an ethical bank other than the Co-op? Triodos does not seem to have a current account, only savings accounts. There's no credit union nearby. Online banking is all I require.

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Post: #273930 Zech
Tue May 14, 2013 3:30 pm

Have you considered a building society? I had very good service from the Nationwide, though it was a few years back and I can't remember what their online banking was like.
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Post: #273932 Green Aura
Tue May 14, 2013 3:34 pm

No, but when you find one let me know. Our only option is RBS too.
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Post: #274028 Thurston Garden
Wed May 15, 2013 9:35 pm

Thanks both. I have almost calmed down and feel that the potential upheaval of moving from smile might outweigh the (now) minimal benefit. I am just so disappointed the Co-op could muck up my account opening so badly, and not care much about it.
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Re: Alternative to Co-op bank

Post: #274034 herbalholly
Thu May 16, 2013 7:01 am

I had a similar experience with the co-op years ago. I wanted to open my student account with them and they lost the application and took eons with the second application and didn't seem to give a damn.

I'm afraid I can't offer an alternative but I do sympathise.

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Re: Alternative to Co-op bank

Post: #274039 Crickleymal
Thu May 16, 2013 7:49 am

I had a similar experience with a normal account with the Co-op in the early 90s. They were so bad I went back to Lloyds. They closed the local branch in Cheltenham (of all places), they wouldn't give me a cheque guarantee card for over a month and only gave us a cash point card. So we were unable to buy anything without forward planning, they put my name first on the joint account and told my wife they wouldn't deal direct with her because my name was first, then denied having said that!

Mined ewe, Lloyds can't seem to get my online banking to work, my wife can do it but not me.
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