Business credit cards can be used to make purchases on a card held in the name of a company instead of an individual.
Their benefits include:
They keep your personal finances separate from your business' funds.
Credit cards are widely accepted.
Most offer extra protection when you spend in the UK and abroad.
You can also improve your cash flow because you can spend even when you are still waiting for incoming funds. You then pay it back when you receive your monthly credit card bill.
Can you get one?
You may be able to get a business credit card if:
You run a small business
You are a sole trader
You are setting up a new business
You make purchases for a larger company you work for
Some credit cards are only available to businesses that have a minimum or maximum annual turnover. Some providers will also need to see to see your company's accounts covering a period of up to two years.
Check the cost
The main costs that come with business credit cards are:
Annual fees, which are sometimes around £30 (but not all cards charge these and some are free for the first year)
Choose a card
If you want to use a card to borrow money and spread the repayments over several months, keep down how much interest you have to pay by looking for a card with a low APR or a 0% period on purchases.
However, if you repay your balance in full every month you will not be charged interest. Look for a card with benefits like a low annual fee or a reward scheme.
Our comparison shows each corporate credit card's annual fee, APR and any 0% periods on purchases. You can also use the filters to only include cards that offer:
No annual fee
Business credit card FAQs
Whose credit record will they check?
Credit card providers will usually check your business' finances and credit record, but they may check your own if you are a sole trader.
Will using a business credit card affect my personal credit record?
No, your business' card should not show up on your own credit record.
Can I get a business credit card with rewards?
Can several employees have their own card?
Yes, you can get several credit cards all linked to one account. That means you could give several empoyees their own card but pay just one bill.
Do I need a business current account to apply?
No, you do not need a business current account to get a credit card, but having one could make paying your bill and handling your finances easier.
Are my purchases protected on a business card?
What is a credit limit?
The maximum amount you can owe on your credit card at any point, set by your provider. Here is how they work and how much it costs if you exceed it.
Can I use my business credit card abroad?
Yes, but it could can be expensive. Here are the fees they charge and how to find a card that is cheaper to use abroad.
What are interest free credit cards?
Some cards come with an interest free period of several months, so you can spread the cost of a purchase without paying interest.
Where can I use my card?
You can use a credit card in person (in shops, restaurants or other businesses), online, by phone, by mail order, in other countries or in ATMs.