Independent service quality survey results

Business current accountsPublished February 2019

As part of a regulatory requirement, an independent survey was conducted to ask customers of the 5 largest business current account providers if they would recommend their provider to other small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs*).

These results are from an independent survey carried out between January 2018 and December 2018 by BVA BDRC as part of a regulatory requirement.

Bank of Ireland UK have published this information at the request of the Competition and Markets Authority so you can compare the quality of service from business current account providers. In providing this information, we are not giving you any advice or making any recommendation to you and we can only give you information about our own products and services.

SME customers with business current accounts were asked how likely they would be to recommend their provider, their provider’s online and mobile banking services, services in branches and business centres, SME overdraft and loan services and relationship/account management services to other SMEs.

The results show the proportion of customers of each provider who said that they were ‘extremely likely’ or ‘very likely’ to recommend each service.

Participating providers: Bank of Ireland UK, Danske Bank, First Trust Bank, Santander UK, Ulster Bank.

Approximately 700 customers a year are surveyed across Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland for each provider; results are only published where at least 100 customers have provided an eligible score for that service in the survey period.

3,510 people were surveyed in total.

Results are updated every six months, in August and February.

*SMEs include businesses, clubs, charities and societies with an annual turnover/income of up to £25m (exclusive of VAT and other turnover-related taxes).

To find out more visit BVA-BDRC.com/business-banking-service-quality

The requirement to publish the Financial Conduct Authority Service Quality Information for personal current accounts can be found here, and for business current accounts here.

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