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SMEs urged to take action on moving bank account as latest figures show some 23,000 business current accounts remained opened with exiting banks at end of October 

SMEs urged to take action on moving bank account as latest figures show some 23,000 business current accounts remained opened with exiting banks at end of October

  • BPFI host round table with key business bodies including ISME, SFA and Chambers Ireland to strengthen coordinated approach for businesses establishing new banking arrangements   
  • Minister of State Damien English launches BPFI’s Top Tip for Businesses Moving Bank Account 

Tuesday 15th November 2022 – Small to medium size businesses are being urged to take action on moving bank account and establishing new banking arrangements as the latest Central Bank figures show some 23,000 main business current accounts remained opened at the end of October. 

Banking & Payments Federation Ireland (BPFI) today hosted a roundtable with key business representative bodies and stakeholders including ISME, SFA and Chambers Ireland to strengthen the coordinated approach for business customers moving bank account and to ensure SMEs continue to be supported.  

Damien English, Minister for State at the Department of Enterprise Trade and Employment, attended today’s event to launch BPFI’s Top Tips for Businesses Moving Bank Account which highlights the key actions that businesses need to take to help make the process of moving account as straightforward as possible.  

Speaking ahead of the roundtable, Brian Hayes, Chief Executive, BPFI stated: “There has been significant progress made by the industry in transferring hundreds of thousands of customer accounts over the course of the year, including more than 63,000 business current accounts. There is undoubtedly still a lot of work to be done, especially in the migration of SME customers. Last week’s figures from the Central Bank of Ireland show that while the number of primary accounts held by SMEs and other business customers fell by 20% between the start of July and the end of October, some 23,000 main business current accounts were still open at the end of October. That is why today BPFI has brought together key business bodies and stakeholders to discuss how we can all step up our efforts to ensure businesses and in particular smaller and micro businesses are fully supported through the migration journey.”  

“Today we are urging businesses who have yet to take action to do so as soon as possible and engage with their new banking provider, particularly given the account transfer process can be a longer and more complex process for business customers than it is for personal customers. While some businesses may just require a straightforward account with an online business banking capability and perhaps a deposit account, more businesses will require cash management facilities or payment facilities. Of particular importance for a large portion of businesses is to ensure that credit facilities such as overdrafts, loans or credit cards are put in place, as these do not automatically transfer to a new provider and may require some time to establish.”  

“We fully appreciate the challenges faced by many smaller businesses in particular who can be time and resource poor and today we are highlighting the range of supports and information available to help customers through the process. In addition to BPFI’s ‘Top Tips’ leaflet launched by Minister English today, there is a host of information and support available from each of the remaining banks in addition to BPFI’s site and through the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CPCC) at” 

BPFI’s Top Tips for Business Customers Moving Bank Account is available here with BPFI comprehensive Guide to Moving Your Business Account available here.  


Note: Banking & Payments Federation Ireland (BPFI) represents the banking, payments and fintech sector in Ireland. Together with its affiliates, the Federation of International Banks in Ireland and the Fintech & Payments Association of Ireland, BPFI has over 100 member institutions and associates, including licensed domestic and foreign banks and institutions operating in the financial marketplace here. 

Contact: Jillian Heffernan, Director of Public Affairs, 087 9016880