Credit Card Issuers

Who are the main UK credit card issuers and how do these credit card issuers affect balance transfers?

There are currently over 85 balance transfer credit cards available online in the UK, with many more cash back and rewards credit cards also available.

However there are far fewer UK credit card issuers, with many of the credit card companies issuing a large number of credit cards, often under different brand names.

Credit Card Issuers

Credit Card IssuersIt is not always immediately apparent who the actual credit card issuer is for each and every different credit card. The actual credit card issuers name can often only be found in the small print of the credit card agreement.

Did you know for example that the M & S credit card and the John Lewis Partnership credit card are actually both cards from the same credit card issuer, HSBC?

Why does this matter?

Well the credit card companies do not allow balance transfer between credit cards which are both issued by the same company.

So a customer who applied for a John Lewis Partnership credit card while looking to make a balance transfer from a M & S credit card, may get accepted for the card, but the balance transfer would be refused.

Here at Balance Transfer Expert, to help cardholders avoid the above issue, we have done all the hard work of finding out which credit card issuers are behind each brand.

  1. Go to our 0% Balance Transfer Credit Card page
  2. Then select the name of your current credit card from the list of available credit cards
  3. We will then show you, only those credit cards from different credit card issuers
  4. These cards will accept a balance transfer from your current credit card*

(*Provided of course, that you are accepted for the new card)

The main UK credit card issuers, at the time of writing, include all of the following credit card companies:-

  • American Express
  • Barclaycard
  • Bank of Ireland (UK)
  • Capital One
  • The Co-operative Bank
  • Bank of Scotland
  • HSBC Bank
  • MBNA
  • Nationwide
  • Royal Bank of  Scotland
  • Sainsbury’s Bank
  • Santander
  • Sygma Bank UK
  • Tesco Bank

Popular featured 0% balance transfer credit cards from these issuers include the following cards:-

Card Offers

Balance Transfers:
0% for 28 Months
Balance Transfer Fee:
0.99%
Purchases:
0% for 6 Months
Representative APR:
19.9% APR (variable)
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Card Details

M&S Transfer Plus*
  • 0% for 28 months on balance transfers made within 90 days of account opening
  • 0.99% balance transfer fee, minimum £5
  • 0% on purchases for 6 months from account opening
  • Collect M&S points every time you shop anywhere in the world with your card
  • Preferential rates when you use your card to order M&S Travel Money
  • Manage account online
  • Annual Fee: None
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Application Criteria

M&S Transfer Plus*
  • You are a UK resident
  • You have a UK bank or building society account
  • You are aged 18 or over
  • You have not held a credit card with M&S Bank within previous 12 months
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Representative Example: 19.9% APR representative (variable). Based on an assumed credit limit of £1,200 and a purchase rate of 19.9% p.a. (variable)

Card Offers

Balance Transfers:
0% for 12 Months
Balance Transfer Fee:
0%
Purchases:
0% for 12 Months
Representative APR:
15.9% APR (variable)
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Card Details

Nationwide Select Credit Card just for Nationwide members*
  • 0% on balance transfers for 12 months from account opening
  • 0% balance transfer fee within first 3 months, 2.4% fee applies after, minimum £5
  • 0% on purchases for 12 months from account opening
  • Unlimited commission free purchases abroad
  • Manage account online
  • Annual Fee: None
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Application Criteria

Nationwide Select Credit Card just for Nationwide members*
  • Our credit cards are just for members. Youre a member when you have a current account, mortgage or savings account with us
  • Our credit card exclusively for members with a main current account
  • You have been living in the UK for the last 12 months
  • You have a gross income each year of more than £5000
  • You have a good credit history
  • You are aged 18 or over
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Our credit card exclusively for members with a main current account
Representative Example: 15.9% APR representative (variable). Based on an assumed credit limit of £1,200 and a purchase rate of 15.9% p.a. (variable)

Card Offers

Balance Transfers:
0% for 32 Months
Balance Transfer Fee:
1.4%
Purchases:
0% for 3 Months
Representative APR:
21.9% APR (variable)
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Card Details

HSBC*
  • 0% interest on balance transfers for 32 months made within 60 days of account opening
  • 1.4% balance transfer fee (minimum £5)
  • 0% interest on purchases for 3 months from account opening
  • At the end of 0% offer period, balance transfers and purchases will revert to standard variable rate
  • home&Away rewards programme giving you instant discounts from well-known brands
  • Online account management
  • Annual Fee: None
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Application Criteria

HSBC*
  • You have an annual income or pension before tax of £8,500 or more
  • You are a UK resident, including Isle of Man and Channel Islands
  • You are aged 18 or over
  • You do not hold an HSBC Basic bank account
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£25 cashback when use card for either purchases or balance transfer for minimum of £300 within 60 days of account opening (terms apply)
Representative Example: 21.9% APR representative (variable). Based on an assumed credit limit of £1,200 and a purchase rate of 21.9% p.a. (variable)
Credit is subject to status

Card Offers

Balance Transfers:
0% for 20 Months
Balance Transfer Fee:
2.9%
Purchases:
0% for 20 Months
Representative APR:
19.9% APR (variable)
More Information

Card Details

M&S Shopping Plus*
  • 0% for 20 months on balance transfers made within 90 days of account opening
  • 2.9% balance transfer fee, minimum £5
  • 0% on purchases for 20 months from account opening
  • Collect M&S points every time you shop anywhere in the world with your card
  • Preferential rates when you use your card to order M&S Travel Money
  • Manage account online
  • Annual Fee: None
More Information

Application Criteria

M&S Shopping Plus*
  • You are a UK resident
  • You have a UK bank or building society account
  • You are aged 18 or over
  • You have not held a credit card with M&S Bank within previous 12 months
More Information
Representative Example: 19.9% APR representative (variable). Based on an assumed credit limit of £1,200 and a purchase rate of 19.9% p.a. (variable)

Card Offers

Balance Transfers:
0% for 15 Months
Balance Transfer Fee:
3%
Purchases:
No offer
Representative APR:
26.2% APR (variable)
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Card Details

Asda Cashback Plus*
  • 0% on balance transfers for 15 months made within first 90 days of account opening
  • 3% balance transfer fee, minimum &£3
  • 0% for 6 months on purchases of £200 or more at George.com
  • 2% cashback on your Asda shopping online and instore
  • 2% cashback at Asda Living, Asda petrol stations and George.com
  • 0.2% cashback everywhere else
  • Annual Fee: £3 monthly fee
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Application Criteria

Asda Cashback Plus*
  • You are a UK resident
  • You have a UK bank or building society account
  • You are able to provide at least one telephone number
  • You have a regular source of income
  • You are aged 18 or over
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Unlimited cashback vouchers - 2% at Asda plus 0.2% everywhere else
Representative Example: 26.2% APR representative (variable). Based on an assumed credit limit of £1,200 and a purchase rate of 19.9% p.a. (variable) with a monthly fee payable of £3

There are a number of other smaller more specialised UK credit card issuers as well, but most credit cards available in the UK today are issued by one of above main companies.

Some of the main credit card companies do issue credit cards using both the MasterCard and Visa branding, with MBNA currently using both MaterCard and Visa as well as American Express branding.


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