Zurich Bank information

Zurich Bank closed on 31st March 2003. For alternative accounts, see our Finance page.

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In an email sent to customers on 5th September 2002,
Zurich Bank plc stated that their online banking service will cease in the Spring of 2003, following their undertaking of "a global strategic review of its businesses and altered its strategy - deciding to refocus its energies and its capital on its core insurance activities, to the benefit of the majority of its customers, staff and shareholders". This follows publication of their half-year results.

Compensation update: Customers will be offered a one-off goodwill payment as compensation for the closure. This has been announced as 5% of cleared net balances on 4th September, or £200 - whichever is greater.
I received my final payment electronically transferred to my first direct account on 18th December 2002, followed up by a letter received on the 20th December confirming account closure, and enclosing a statement. Credit included the goodwill payment as expected.
This followed a letter from Zurich dated 19th November regarding closure of the account - The instructions were to return the destroyed Zurich bank card, to destroy cheques and paying-in books, and supply details of an alternative bank account. This would allow the account to be closed, and the outstanding balance, plus the one-off compensation fee, to be transferred to the specified alternative account. The letter states this may take up to a month.

It was still possible to use existing accounts until around Spring 2003. The number 0870 9042409 is available to customers who require more details of the closure.

The Zurich Bank selling points were:
Selling points Access to your money at over 35,000 Link cash machines.
Up to 6 Sub accounts to help budget or save.
You can call anytime (and speak to a real person).
Simple account transfer process.
Interest ratesInterest rates that track the Bank of England base rate. As at 1st August 2002, the rate is 3.5%, compared to 0.1% for the main high street banks
OverdraftAutomatic £250 fee-free overdraft.
Signup offersNo minimum balance - open your account with just £1.
Special sign-up offers include a case of 12 bottles of wine

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