To avoid any delays, please have the information below to hand before applying. Private limited companies and limited liability partnerships need to provide some additional information as outlined below.

Business details

  • Business start date and your current trading address
  • A detailed description of what your business does, including your business activities and specialist areas, who you work with, the countries in which you operate and confirm if you import or export
  • Anticipated annual turnover for the next 12 months

Personal details (for anybody named in the application)

  • Full name, date of birth and nationality
  • 3 years' address history and current residential status (owned/rented/other)
  • Length of time with current personal bank and number of personal credit cards
If you have a private limited company or a limited liability partnership, you'll also need your registered name and address, date of incorporation and company registration number. Please make sure these match Companies House before applying.

After you apply, we may need to carry out some additional checks to verify your personal identity and the existence of your business. Please check you've got the ID you'll need (pdf).

Everything you need to know before you apply

Important contractual information is included in documents which can be accessed via the links below. We advise that you should read and consider these documents before proceeding with your application. You should print or save copies of these documents for further reference and records. If you have any questions regarding the agreement or you require further information please contact us.

If you do not understand any of the details about your chosen product or terms then please contact us before applying.

If you have recently applied, please call us on 0800 731 6666 to check the progress rather than applying again. Lines are open Monday to Friday 8am to 9pm and Saturday 8am to 2pm.