Opening UK bank account

Bank account assistance

Opening a UK bank account is a notoriously difficult thing to do, whether you’re attempting to do so from your home country or once you’ve arrived in the UK. The good news is, we’ve found a way to make it considerably easier for our clients.

We have great, established relationships with top UK banks and all the knowledge and experience to help make the process of opening a bank account in the UK a fairly simple task!

1st Contact has been assisting people wanting to open a UK bank account for more than a decade now. Not only are our consultants highly trained and professional, most of them have been through the experience of living and working in the UK themselves. They truly understand the frustrations involved and work very hard to make things as easy as possible.

You can open a UK bank account with a choice of three popular high street banks, including Lloyds. Your 1st Contact Kickstart consultant will do the necessary back-end work and then arrange for your bank meeting when you arrive in the UK.

All you need to bring is your passport and proof of residence in the UK.

Most of our clients will open a UK bank account after they arrive by attending a short meeting with one of our local branches in London or via a postal application if outside of London. This bank account, opened on arrival, is included in the cost of the Kickstart Package and not able to be sold separately due to our introduction agreement with our banking partners in the UK.

However, if it’s only a bank account you need we can still help. The pre-departure bank account can be purchased as a stand alone product without purchasing the Kickstart pack. It’s not our most popular account because it has a minimum earning threshold of £24,000 or deposit amount of £50,000 and does attract monthly fees of £5. However, this account has positive features, like the option to attach a Euro account and debit card, handy for those people travelling Europe before they arrive in the UK. Open this account before you leave and use your free international money transfer to move your money before you leave.

You can buy this pre departure bank account for just £30 or add into onto your Kickstart package for £10.

The 1st Contact Kickstart Package was designed specifically to include everything a first-time traveller to London would need – at a cost effective price. It's about far more than just opening a UK bank account.
Kickstart also includes a UK mobile phone SIM card, various discounts, job and CV assistance, free trial gym membership, free money transfer and more.

Kickstart contains everything you need to kickstart your UK stay and ensure you are prepared for anything.

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UK bank account

Quick and easy best of all no need for proof of address in the UK

get you mobile phone number

UK mobile phone sim card

Cheap international and UK calls. Get your new UK mobile phone number now before you leave home


Accommodation assistance

Get settled into the UK with ease with one of our Accommodation providers

gym membership

Gym membership

Kickstart a healthy lifestyle with 5 days free membership .



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NI number assistance for a national insurance number.

National Insurance number assistance

It’s your personal UK tax number, everyone needs one so they don’t pay too much tax

job and cv assistance

CV and job assistance

Get ahead of the game and start earning. We work with over 100 of the UK’s premier recruitment agencies and they can help to find you a job

free money transfer

Free international money transfer

Transfer your money easily and securely before you leave home and get a better exchange rate at a fraction of the bank’s costs   

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UK information guide

Everything you need to know about living and working in London

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National Insurance number service (Easy NINo)

We take all the hassle out of getting an NI number and help you every step of the way.





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London A-Z Guide

The London street map book.





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Pre-departure bank account

Ready for when you arrive.





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    Please note: You will be able to choose a standalone product or which options you want in your package when you begin the purchase process.
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