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Need a UK bank account but based in US?

     

olimits7

6:46 pm on Aug 26, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Hi,

Can anyone recommend any good UK banks in which I can open an account from the US?

Thank you,

olimits7

BeeDeeDubbleU

7:46 am on Aug 27, 2009 (gmt 0)

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If it's a business account I can recommend the Alliance and Leicester, which I use myself. I am in the UK but I have dealings with companies in the US and Australia and they make it very easy to transfer funds between international accounts.

Alliance & Leicester Commercial Bank

The only problem may be that you may have to have a UK address.

[edited by: lorax at 11:06 am (utc) on Aug. 27, 2009]

Leosghost

10:25 am on Aug 27, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Business HSBC ..you can open it from any branch ..there are many in the USA and elsewhere.

olimits7

8:15 pm on Sep 2, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Has anyone had any experience using "Worldfirst" or "AFEX (Associated Foreign Exchange)" for accepting international payments?

Thank you,

olimits7

jackgordon

9:01 pm on Sep 2, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Can I ask why you need a UK bank account? Is it to receive Sterling payments?
If so, many USA banks will offer a sterling account.
I am based in the UK, but buy from abroad alot and have both Euro and Dollar accounts with my UK bank

olimits7

11:25 pm on Sep 2, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Yes, I need to receive payments in Sterling.

I asked my bank and they do accept Sterling payments, but for each deposit they charge $15; so if I receive weekly/bi-weekly deposits this can add up very quickly.

That's why I'm looking to setup a UK bank account this way I can accumulate money in the account and then do one transfer every 2 months.

But I emailed my bank again to see if there is a way to setup a UK bank account instead.

olimits7

Realbrisk

6:10 am on Sep 3, 2009 (gmt 0)

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When i was a student in the UK I had an Lloyd's Tsb account all i needed was my us passport

with other banks you'll need a PO box

that was back in 1998

bakedjake

6:13 am on Sep 3, 2009 (gmt 0)

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HSBC is pretty good at getting accounts in local currencies.

piatkow

8:41 am on Sep 3, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Approach a US branch of any of the major high street banks in the UK. These are LloydsTSB, Royal Bank of Scotland (includes NatWest), Barclays, HSCB and Santander (uses the Alliance and Leicester and Abbey names in the UK).
 

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