Business fixed rate bonds are available to all businesses, although some accounts have qualifying conditions related to turnover or the type of business (some bonds may only be available to charities, for example).
Typically, they work in much the same way as fixed rate bonds for personal use – there’ll usually be restrictions regarding further additions and you’re unlikely to be allowed to access your money before the end of the term, at least not without incurring a hefty penalty. As such, they’re more suited to business owners looking to set aside a lump sum for a fixed amount of time, but the advantage of this commitment is that interest rates tend to be higher on fixed rate business bonds than their variable rate (and more accessible) counterparts.
It’s important that you make a note of the bond maturity date, as if you forget to give instructions to your bank or building society ahead of time the funds will generally be transferred to a lower-paying variable rate account.
Money held in a business bond may fall under the protection of the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS).
A ’small business’ will be protected by the FSCS if it meets one of the following criteria:
Larger businesses will not be covered by the scheme.
The FSCS protects the first £85,000 an eligible business has held under a single UK banking licence.
If you suspect you may need access to your funds it may be better to choose a business deposit account with easy access – the interest you earn may be a bit less but you won’t incur any penalties if you do need to withdraw funds during the term.
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