Steps to Switching
Switching your business current accounts to Bank of Ireland is simple. We have business advisers in every branch who will be happy to take you through each of the six easy steps outlined below.
- 6 Easy Steps to Switching your Business Current Account
Step 1: Drop into a Bank of Ireland Branch
- You just need to let us know that you want to switch accounts and when you want to do so. Our experienced staff at your local branch will help you choose the right package and take you through the application to open your new bank account.
- We can usually open your new account(s) for you straight away if you have all of the required documentation.
Step 2: Choose the best options for your business
- We will help to ensure you choose the most suitable products and services for your business. For example, whether you need online banking, cash handling and commercial cards.
- You must complete a separate application in your new bank if you wish to apply for an overdraft. If you have an overdraft on your old account, it must be cleared/approved before you can switch to Bank of Ireland.
- If you have special arrangements (for example automatic daily transfer of credit balances from one account to another) with your old bank remember to let your new bank know if you wish similar arrangements to continue on your new account(s).
Step 3: Let your old bank know you are moving your account
Note: Ensure that you fill in the date you want us to send your switch request to your old bank. We recommend that you pick the first day of a period when there is least activity on your account. In other words, avoid payroll day or dates when standing orders or direct debits are paid out.
- Once your new account has been opened and is fully operational and you have received your new cheque book(s) and bank card(s) you should complete the Account Transfer Form in full (included at the back of the Switching Application pack). The Account Transfer Form gives you two options:
- Option A– Close your existing account(s) and switch your balance and all of your active standing orders and direct debits to your new bank.
- Option B– Leave your existing account(s) open but switch all of your active standing orders and direct debits to your new bank.
Step 4: Make sure all bills will be paid on time
- You should ensure that you have sufficient funds in your account(s) to meet any standing orders, direct debits or cheques presented to your account(s) during the switching process.
- Your old bank will send us a list of your existing direct debits1 and/or standing orders and a copy will also be sent to you. You should check this list and let us know immediately if there are any changes you want to make to your standing orders. We will set up your standing orders on your new account using this list.
- Your old bank will inform your direct debit originator(s)2 of your new account details on your behalf. Your direct debit originators will change your account details immediately after they receive them and will present the next direct debit, when due, on your new account.
- You can request your old bank to provide you with statements on your account for the previous 12 months, if necessary, free of charge.
- You should notify any direct debit originator(s)1 abroad of your new account details yourself, if you have SEPA direct debits.
Step 5: Let customers and suppliers know you’re switching bank accounts
- You should let your customers and suppliers know you’re switching bank accounts.
- Check your payroll system and change the relevant account number(s).
- Re-direct any other regular incoming payments to your new account(s), e.g. customer direct credits
- Change the details on your invoice documentation to include your account number, sort code, new Bank Identifier Code (BIC) and International Bank Account Number (IBAN). (A sample letter is available for you to send to your direct credit originators).
- If you are the recipient of standing orders, you should notify your customers and suppliers of your new account details. However, if you are in receipt of standing orders from more than twenty sources, you should notify us so that we can facilitate the switch.
- If you are a direct debit originator, you should arrange to change your sponsoring bank and join the SEPA scheme, if applicable.
Step 6: Close your existing account (if applicable)
The following will also need to happen…
- Your old bank will close your account and send any balance to your new account.
- Your old bank will issue you with a statement showing your account closing details.
- You should return your old bank card(s) and cheque book(s) to your old bank to receive a refund of any Government Duty that might be owed to you. Details of any debit card, ATM transactions or cheques presented on your old bank account(s) after it has been closed will be returned to the presenting bank(s), advising that your account(s) has been switched, transferred or closed.