Around one in five current account customers are considering investigating new providers, according to research from Consumer Intelligence.
Nearly a third of people (31 per cent) who plan to switch bank account in the coming year will do so for the specific benefits of the account such as in-credit interest, SMS alerts or longer branch opening hours, according to research from Santander Current Accounts.
Forty-four per cent of UK adults have never switched their current account and a further 27% have only moved their banking once, according to research by first direct.
A new YouGov customer survey released this month has revealed that the Co-operative Bank, along with its internet arm, smile.co.uk, has come out on top of its high street competitors.
The Post Office has launched three new current accounts offering customers choice, good value, fair and transparent products with no hidden charges and access to the largest branch network in the UK.
British travellers are wasting an average of £5.99 on charges imposed by some debit card providers every time they make an ATM withdrawal in the most popular foreign destinations.
One in four (26%) consumers check their bank account daily in a bid to keep on track of their finances, according to research from M&S Bank. This rises to 27 per cent for 18 - 35 year olds and reduces to 24 per cent for over 55s.
Halifax has announced the return of its market-leading switching initiative for people who move their current account to the bank.
Lloyds TSB customers who were expecting to see their current accounts transferred to the Co-Op have been reminded they can still opt for a mutual alternative to the big banks.
More than half (58 per cent) of people have been with their current account provider for more than a decade, with the average bank relationship lasting just over 16 years and one month, according to research from Santander Current Accounts.
With the Post Office announcing last week that it will launch into the current account market, following on from a number of other providers such as M&S Bank, nearly half of Brits (46 per cent) say it has encouraged them to switch their current account, according to MoneySupermarket.
A third of current account customers in Britain are not earning any interest on their balance, and a further 30 per cent don't know how much interest their current account pays, according to research from Santander Current Accounts.
The number of added value (or packaged) current accounts on the market has increased by two-thirds since April 2008 - and, with the growing choice available, it is critical for people to focus on the benefits offered by these accounts when comparing the different options.
The Post Office has announced it will launch into the current account market during Spring 2013 in a move that will make it one of the largest providers of financial services on the high street.
Nationwide Building Society now has three different current accounts, each designed to meet the varied needs of consumers who either want to open their first current account or who wish to move away from their existing provider.
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