Joining Tide

Can I open an account? (our eligibility criteria)

To apply for an account with Tide, you will need to meet our eligibility criteria outlined below:

To apply for a registered business account, you’ll need to be registered with UK Companies House as a director of that company.
To apply for a sole trader account, you’ll need to be a UK based sole trader or freelancer.

For both account types, you’ll need to be aged 18 or above, have a valid UK phone number and address, and hold a compatible device registered to a UK App or Google Play store.

We’re on a mission to help businesses owners spend less time on money admin, and we want to enable as many small businesses as possible to do that. It’s a balancing act though, certain company types are more complex to onboard, so the scope of businesses we’re currently able to offer accounts to is a little more focused than your average high street bank.

We hope to broaden this scope as we grow, but currently we’re unable to onboard the following types of companies:

  • Trading of cryptocurrencies
  • Trading of precious metals and stones
  • Money services (such as foreign exchange, loan providers, money transfers)
  • Casinos, prize draws and other betting or gambling activities
  • Sale of unlicensed pharmaceuticals
  • Sale or trade of cannabidiol (CBD) products
  • Trading of weapons, explosives or armaments
  • Unlicensed trading and processing of scrap metal
  • Unlicensed waste management
  • Sale, import and export of used vehicles or heavy machinery
  • Escort services and other services in the adult industry
  • Bidding fee auctions
  • Modelling agencies
  • Travel agencies
  • Car wash services
  • Political parties
  • Charities
  • CICs and CIOs

You can read more about this in our blog post: Providing financial security for our members.