Setup: High street banks generally require new business customers to complete many complex forms, provide loads of financial reports and then ask you to wait up to a few weeks for approval. Opening an account with a digital bank is simple- there are no paper forms, the application is all done online, and approval is often the same day.
Fees: Traditional banks make money in two ways, by investing your money elsewhere and by charging you excessive fees on every type of transaction you perform. With no physical brick and mortar location, mobile business banks can pass their savings on overheads to you, and therefore only charge minimal fees on transactions, payments and withdrawals. Leading business bank Revolut, for example, offers free domestic and international transfers.
Access: High street banks have restricted opening times (often during your own business hours), limited weekend trading and when you can finally make it to the bank, you are faced with long wait times. With mobile or web app accessibility, your digital bank account is accessible instantly- 24 hours a day, from your office, home or on the go.
Features & Services: Brick and mortar banks offer businesses a full suite of banking features, including account managers and private banking. Digital banks are quickly catching up, offering current and savings accounts, prepaid MasterCards, fast money transfer and payment services as well as integrations with accounting software to assist with financial reporting.
Security & Regulation: Digital banks feel strongly about the security of your funds. The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), European Central Bank (ECB), French Prudential Supervision, The Resolution Authority (ACPR) and The Federal Financial Supervisory Authority (BaFin) cover most EU countries digital business banks, and the majority of the digital banks don’t reinvest your money, which means it’s always available to withdraw, should something untoward happen.