At Mettle, we’d like to offer an account to as many businesses as possible. But unfortunately, there are some business activities and industries we can’t support.
So before you apply for an account, we thought it would be useful to see a summary of who we can and can’t support. We’ve tried to be as clear as possible and do our best to update this list as often as we can.
Your business must be registered and trading in the UK
You’ll need to be a UK resident
You’ll need a UK phone number
You’ll need an iOS or Android device to open and manage the account. For Apple devices, you’ll need to be on iOS 12.2 or later and for Android you’ll need to be on 7.0 or later
Maximum account balance is £100k for limited companies and £50k for sole traders
You have to be 18 or over to open an account
A sole trader is someone who is self-employed and the sole owner of their business. They pay tax on business profits, via a self-assessment tax return.
We support most sole traders (depending on business activities) apart from partnerships where multiple sole traders are working together.
Limited companies are registered with Companies House, and will have at least one director. Here are a few requirements for limited companies:
Only one owner can access the account
There needs to be at least one person of significant control (PSC) listed for your company
The person opening the account must be a director and a PSC
There can't be more than two PSCs, and all PSCs must be individuals
Your limited company must be in an ‘active’ state on Companies House
Here are some examples:
Public limited companies (PLC)
Private company limited by guarantee without share capital
Unlimited companies (Unltd)
Limited liability partnerships (LLP)
Community interest companies
Industrial and provident societies (IPS)
Royal charters (RC)
Charities (registered or unregistered)
Here are some example activities and industries that we currently don’t support:
Alcohol and tobacco manufacturing
Adult entertainment or services
Armaments and defence
Some manufacturers (including manufacturers of rubber products, manufacturers of medical, dental or veterinary equipment, and others)
Embassies and consulates
Trust and company service providers – eg involvement in formation of other companies
Money Service Businesses (MSB) – eg foreign exchange
Virtual currency or crypto-currency
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Available on iOS and Android.
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