The mobile bank was created in 2015, making it possible for people all over Europe to open a UK account in minutes. Monese is proud to accept pretty much any customer that applies to them, even if they’re new to the country or don’t have an established credit history. UK-registered businesses can set up an account in minutes and receive customer support in 10 languages.
Monese Business Banking Services
A Monese account is entirely mobile, meaning you can manage it 24/7 on the app. When you apply, you’ll get your account number and sort code in a few minutes, and full access in hours. If you have any problems with your account at any time, you can get customer support from real people in 10 different languages.
You’ll see all your transactions in one place so expenses and payments are easy to manage. Paying into other UK-based accounts is free and international transfers are low cost. You’ll also get a contactless Mastercard debit card with your account, so you can spend normally. Account holders can also pay cash into your account at 40,000 locations around the UK.
A Monese account costs £9.95 a month, which includes a business account and a personal account with full access to all the features.
Business finance and loans
Currently not available. According to the Monese support forum, business loans are coming soon.
Monese Reviews and Ratings
Trustpilot reviews are excellent and there are loads of them too. 78% of reviewing customers rate Monese 5/5, commenting on fast, convenient features and good value. A few people are unhappy because their accounts have taken a while to open or transactions have been blocked, but Monese are always quick to respond to their reviews.
Reviews on Smart Money People and Reviews.co.uk are also very positive on the whole.
Monese isn’t included in the Which? list of ‘Best & Worst Banks’.
Monese founder Norris Koppel won the Rising Star award at Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year Ceremony in November 2019.
According to Capgemini’s World Retail Banking Report 2019, half of us will be using challenger banks like Monese in 3 years’ time. Conventional banks are apparently ‘lagging behind’ and new banks are attracting new customers with their fast, intuitive features.
- Transparent charges. The monthly fee includes everything.
- Smart, intuitive features that are easy to manage 24/7.
- Excellent reviews from lots of customers.
- Still a fairly new service, which could put traditionalists off.
- A few critical reviews mention blocked transactions and accounts.
Website: Monese Business Banking