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thinking of switching

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28/06/2012 at 16:51

I've been with the Royal Bank of Scotland for about 20 years, but following recent events I'm thinking of switching. I wasn't affected personally, but from what I've read of it on The Register I'm not sure I'd trust them to organise a piss-up in a brewery.

I've looked at various review sites, but the reviews for banks aren't very helpful. It's just people whining about overdraft charges. Looking at Which, my best bets seem to be First Direct, Smile / Co-Op or Nationwide. Anyone have any opinions on those?

Oh, and if you got charged 50 quid for going 12 pence overdrawn for 3 femtoseconds I don't really want to hear about it 

28/06/2012 at 17:06

First Direct. I have NEVER been anything other than totally satisfied with every aspect of their service. It's a joy to call them! They're not automatons, you can have a giggle with them, or if necessary they can be sensitive, understanding and helpful.

(And no, I have no interest in them other than the fact that I've been an exceptionally satisfied customer for more than 15 years.)

28/06/2012 at 17:15

From your post, I get the feeling you want to quit RSB because of their recent IT cockup. So the question is which banks have invested in their networks over the years, and which haven't. No idea how to find that out.

That said, I've always been with Lloyds and have no issue with them. Their online banking is good so I rarely visit the branches and have to endure sales pitches.

28/06/2012 at 17:38

I'm with Nationwide and they've done nothing in 10years to offend me. Which I suppose is what you need from a bank.

28/06/2012 at 17:46

+1 for First Direct

been with them since just after they started up and they have never caused me any problems.  but I rarely have a need to talk to them and when I do, as Jj says, they have a very human face and are good at sorting matters out

oddly, their parent, HSBC, who we have our business accounts with, are a bunch of arseholes but probably no different to all the other big banks on the business side

OW
28/06/2012 at 19:42

+1 for First Direct

OW
28/06/2012 at 20:37

I use Nationwide. Never had an issue with them and they've been very supportive.

I wouldnt go with Barclays (they caused me so many headaches)

28/06/2012 at 20:48
The Barclays Bank in Brighton is like a cathedral. It's makes me wonder how much money they are making to have such a huge building.
28/06/2012 at 20:56

Smile. Very good. Customer service v good. Been with them since they started. Will be with them until a derivative trader brings them crashing down.

Have heard good things about F Direct from real people, so they are doing something right.

28/06/2012 at 20:58
Real people eh? beats recommendations from cartoon characters any day!
28/06/2012 at 23:32
Sussex Runner (NLR) wrote (see)
Real people eh? beats recommendations from cartoon characters any day!

No. it is a way of saying that in addition to the recommendations that are on this thread there are people who I know that use FD that are very happy with the service they get.

You give off a strong impression of someone who only gets to use the english language on the internet.

29/06/2012 at 10:17
Alybea wrote (see)

I'm with Nationwide and they've done nothing in 10years to offend me. Which I suppose is what you need from a bank.

I had months of grief with Nationwide a couple of years ago.  Months of it, over a simple thing like replacing a debit card.

The major issues were never getting to speak to the same person twice to sort it out, and their refusal to send a new card to my work address, or to a Nationwide branch.  They insisted on sending it by courier to my home, time after time, but of course I was never in as I have a job!

I switched to Halifax, and I've had no problems with them.  Internet banking is fine, and branches open in London early enough for me to pop in on the way to work if I need to.


 

29/06/2012 at 12:10

First Direct Defo! Me and the wife are with them and are pretty good. Changed from Halifax and Santander

29/06/2012 at 12:23

Had hellish difficulties with Lloyds about 15 years ago and so switched to Natwest (who I chose because of a career development loan I needed).  Not had any significant issues with Natwest in the last few years but whilst I was still tied into the loan (and therefore couldn't move my current account under the T&Cs) had real problems, which funnily enough were related to some glitches in their previous IT system.  Although I've always toyed with moving to Co-op as it fits with my lefty, tree-hugging tendencies, they did manage to misplace my sister's money for several days when she switched to them (albeit the best part of 20 years ago), so I'm a bit wary.  Which is a long winded way of saying that I suspect most banks, manned as they are by human beings, have a tendency to c*ck up...

29/06/2012 at 14:15
"You give a strong impression of someone who only uses the english language on the internet" Impressive use of confusing jargon, slightly masking that you are calling me a foreigner who shouldn't be allowed on here.
29/06/2012 at 14:18

Thanks for all the replies, very useful.

I think I'm going to go with Smile rather than First Direct. My parents have had a fair amount of difficulty with HSBC. I also noticed in the news that HSBC (along with Barclays, Lloyds and RBS) have been doing some more mis-selling. Hopefully the Co-Op are less inclinded to screw their customers...

debbo    pirate
29/06/2012 at 16:18
I've had a co- op account for over 30 years and have never had a problem - they are reasonably ethical too
30/06/2012 at 18:40

One thing I would say about smile/co-op in the south is that they dont have a massive branch network. So if there is need for old-fashioned things like bank drafts or deposits then it isnt the best. There are more branches availible now that they have taken over Britannia.

30/06/2012 at 18:42
Sussex Runner (NLR) wrote (see)
"You give a strong impression of someone who only uses the english language on the internet" Impressive use of confusing jargon, slightly masking that you are calling me a foreigner who shouldn't be allowed on here.

Wrong. Try again. I am a foreigner here and am indifferent as to where you should be allowed.

01/07/2012 at 12:21
How about you calling me a non English speaker who shouldn't be allowed on here. It's really tough to translate all this stuff from Congolese you know?
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