Global Accounts

Open a GBP business account from the US

Open a GBP account online from the US with Airwallex. Your account will come with local UK bank and branch codes and a dedicated account number. Use your GBP account to receive, manage, and send GBP with no hidden fees.

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Hassle-free currency accounts with local bank details

Skip the queues and excessive paperwork usually involved in setting up international bank accounts. Open accounts online and collect payments from your global customers in their preferred currency. Spend your proceeds later in the same currency, eliminating unnecessary conversion fees.

Save on unnecessary bank charges

There are no account opening fees, monthly maintenance charges, or minimum transaction requirements.

Streamline your global cash management

Convert held balances to different currencies in just a few clicks and review your global transactions in a single view.

Know your funds are safe and secure

Relax knowing that your money is secure and protected with end-to-end encryption and bank-level security.

Avoid costly conversion fees

Eliminate unnecessary conversion fees by receiving payments in the same currencies that your customers pay in.

Global Accounts

How to open a GBP account from the US?

Businesses can open a GBP account from the US easily with Airwallex. Simply sign up online and, once onboarded, you can open multiple domestic and foreign currency accounts in minutes. Your GBP account will come with local bank account details, making it easy for you to receive payments in GBP which you can either spend or convert at the interbank exchange rate. Avoid bank queues and endless paperwork, and open your GBP account online with Airwallex today.

Your GBP account

How will your GBP account work?

Get your GBP account details

Open your GBP account online and receive a local United Kingdom account number and branch code. Share these details with your clients and customers in the United Kingdom and start receiving payments in GBP via local bank networks. You can also link your GBP account to eCommerce platforms such as Amazon and Shopify.

Spend in GBP

Once you have funds in your account, you can spend them using Airwallex Borderless Cards, or transfer them to your recipient’s bank account. Use your GBP to pay suppliers and employees in the United Kingdom and elsewhere efficiently, without being subject to needless currency exchange fees.

Convert currencies at market-beating rates

Airwallex gives you access to the interbank exchange rate (sometimes known as the mid-market rate). That means that if you need to convert currencies, you’ll enjoy market-leading foreign exchange rates no matter the transaction size. You can also hedge against currency exchange risk by only converting currencies when the exchange rate is favourable.

Global Accounts

Who is the Airwallex Global Account for?

The Airwallex Global Account is ideal for companies that operate across borders. Including companies that invoice overseas clients, sell globally on platforms such as Amazon and Shopify, and work with international suppliers. Our platform allows businesses to centralise their financial operations in one place, even when managing multiple global entities. From expense management to bill payments, payment acceptance, and FX, Airwallex has you covered. We make global money management simple and cost-effective for businesses of all shapes and sizes - that’s why we’re trusted by over 100,000 businesses worldwide.

FX & Transfers

End-to-end global money management

When a payment gets sent to one of your Global Accounts, those funds are instantly visible to you in your Airwallex Account. Easily convert currencies at interbank rates and use Airwallex to make fast, cost-effective domestic and international transfers.

Frequently asked questions

What documents are required as proof of identity and address to open a GBP account in the UK as a non-resident business?

The key documents required to open an Airwallex account are similar across regions and will enable you to open a GBP account. We typically ask for the certificate of incorporation or equivalent document, as well as information on the business, its activities and anticipated transaction volumes. We are also required to collect details and IDs for certain individuals - this includes any beneficial owners but can extend to directors and authorised signatories signing up for the account. Non-resident businesses may be asked to provide proof of address for their operations, which can be established through utility bills, contracts or other correspondence.

How can I open a British Pound Sterling account in the US as a non-resident business?

Opening a British Pound Sterling account online from the US is easy with Airwallex. Simply sign up via our website and, once onboarded, you can open multiple domestic and foreign currency accounts online in minutes. These accounts function as local currency accounts in your name that come with local bank and sort codes and dedicated account numbers. They make it easy to receive funds domestically and internationally.

What are the advantages of opening a GBP account as a the US resident?

Opening a GBP account enables non-resident businesses to conduct transactions and hold funds in GBP, eliminating the need for currency conversion along with the associated costs and the risks posed by currency fluctuation. Opening a GBP account in the UK can streamline financial dealings with UK-based entities and those that operate in GBP, facilitating smoother transactions and payments. For example, for businesses receiving income from UK sources, a GBP account simplifies the process and expedites the receipt of payments.