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Opening a UK bank account

Opening a UK bank account is notoriously difficult for newcomers, even once you’re in the country. With our excellent relationships with major UK banks, we’re able to make it considerably easier for our clients.


As anyone who has tried to open a UK bank account will tell you, it’s a more complicated process than you might hope for.

Red tape, residency requirements as well as mountain of forms and documents make opening a UK bank account incredibly difficult. Apart from the admin, most banks won’t even open an account for you unless you have lived in the UK for at least three months.

We’ve established great relationships with top UK banks, which allows our customers to open UK bank accounts on the spot, hassle-free.

We’ve been assisting people with opening UK bank accounts for more than a decade. Loads of our team members have lived and worked in the UK themselves; they understand the frustrations of relocation. We go out of our way to make your move to the UK as easy as possible.

The 1st Contact Kickstart team can help you:

  • Prepare the necessary documents
  • Book an appointment for you with a high street bank
  • Take care of any related admin

You’ll then be able to open your bank account on the spot, hassle-free.

More Kickstart UK packages

uk kickstart pack
Classic Kickstart Package Our iconic all-in-one package, with everything you need to kick-start your UK adventure.
  • UK bank account
  • Free money transfer
  • NI number service
  • Discounts and vouchers
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Tier 5 visa Kickstart Package combo The Tier 5 youth programme lets 18 to 30-year-olds from designated countries live and work in the UK for up to two years.
  • Tier 5 visa application
  • UK bank account
  • Free money transfer
  • Discounts and vouchers
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UK bank account only
Bank account only Only want a UK bank account, with none of the extras? We have a bank account only option.
  • You choose a high-street bank
  • We book the appointment
  • We take care of the admin


We have some exciting news
for all our Kickstart clients...

Kickstart is rebranding to 1st Contact Sable International! For the last 18 months we've been slowly merging with our big brother, Sable International. Over the next few months we're going to complete that merger.

This will in no way affect your relationship with us. We're not going anywhere, as the entire Kickstart team will be in the same roles at Sable International. You'll still get that great Kickstart service, just under a new name.

We'll be keeping you in the loop as we prepare for the next exciting phase in this rebranding.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us directly.

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