Business Banking customers the latest to win from competitive banking market


 

The Australian business banking sector is the latest to benefit from an increasingly competitive banking industry, with the launch of a revolutionary new everyday banking account for SMEs.

 

Following on from the increased competition in the Retail Banking sector and the changes in fee structures in this area, Bank of Queensland has announced a simplified, low-fee business banking product.


In a first for Australian banking, BOQ’s Everyday Business Account offers one low monthly account maintenance fee with FREE BOQ withdrawal transactions.

 

The launch of the new product reinforces BOQ Managing Director David Liddy’s commitment to the SME market, which had been ‘ignored by the major banks for too long’.


Mr Liddy said that the new product would revolutionise the way banks structured their fees on business accounts, and assist BOQ’s push to become a major contender in this market.


“With our new Everyday Business Account, we are offering SME customers something no other financial institution is – a product that they can use for their everyday banking with significantly fewer fees to worry about.


“This is a first in the banking industry and feedback we’ve received through market research has been very positive. 


“We believe that the launch of this new product will make the other banks sit up and take notice, and will revolutionise the way banks price their business transaction accounts. 


“The first visible sign of the increase in competition occurred when all of the banks simplified the way they charge their retail customers fees, and our new product brings the same transparency, low cost, simplicity and convenience to the business sector.


“We are also introducing a highly competitive new Business WebSavings Account, which we believe will be very well-received in the SME market.”


The Business WebSavings Account offers customers high interest on balances over $10,000, with in-branch and Internet Banking access.


The two accounts will spearhead the Bank’s aggressive SME acquisition strategy and, BOQ hopes, make it a national leader in this space.


“As no other financial institution currently ‘owns’ this space, we believe that these two new products will make us the obvious choice when SME customers come to review their banking arrangements,” said Mr Liddy.


“We believe our new product offering and our personalised customer service are truly a winning combination.”


The announcement by BOQ comes in the wake of research by East & Partners which found that business banking sentiment fell 0.9 index points in August to a score of 43.8 out of 100. 

Bank of Queensland was one of the few banks to buck this trend, actually improving its sentiment score during this same period.


BOQ’s two new products are supported by a recently upgraded Internet Banking offering, and an alliance with Keycorp to replace, and then provide managed payment services for the Bank’s entire fleet of EFTPOS terminals.

 

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Product snapshot

  • Everyday Business Account
  • FREE BOQ withdrawal transactions*
  • One low monthly account maintenance fee
  • Can be packaged into Business Privileges Package with a Business Term Loan
  • No interest paid on account
  • Full access

 

Fees

Account

Everyday Business Account

Minimum Monthly Balance

Less than $5,000

$5,000 and over

Monthly Account Maintenance Fee

$10.00

Nil

Over the Counter – Deposits

5 FREE per month

then $0.60 per item

Over the Counter - Withdrawals

FREE

Cheques Written

FREE

Cheques Deposited

5 FREE per month

then $0.60 per item

Direct Debit Fee

FREE

Direct Credit Fee

FREE

ATM & EFTPOS Transactions*

 

Bank of Queensland ATM/EFTPOS withdrawals/transfers

FREE

Bank of Queensland ATM Balance Enquiry

FREE

Other Bank ATM Withdrawals/Balance Enquiry

$2.00 each

Enhanced Internet Banking

 

Funds transfer and BPAY

FREE

Single Pay Anyone Payments or Funds transfer to third party Bank of Queensland accounts

FREE

Multi Payment

$1.30 (for up to 10 payments)

then $0.15 for each additional transaction

Balance Enquiry/Transaction History Enquiry

FREE

* BOQ Fair Use Policy applies
 

Business WebSavings Account™

  • Earn high interest on balances from $10,000
  • In-branch and Enhanced Internet Banking access only
  • Interest rates are tiered:

 

Balance

% p.a.

$1 - $4,999

0.00

$5,000 – $9,999

0.00

$10,000 - $49,999

5.90

$50,000 - $99,999

5.90

$100,000 - $249,999

5.95

$250,000 and over

5.95

 

Fees

Account

WebSavings Account™

Minimum Monthly Balance

N/A

Monthly Account Maintenance Fee

Nil

Over the Counter – Deposits

$2.50

Over the Counter - Withdrawals

$2.50

Cheques Written

No access

Cheques Deposited

$1.00

Direct Debit Fee

No access

Direct Credit Fee

FREE

ATM & EFTPOS Transactions

 

Bank of Queensland ATM/EFTPOS withdrawals/transfers

No access (no card issued)

Bank of Queensland ATM Balance Enquiry

No access (no card issued)

Other Bank ATM Withdrawals/Balance Enquiry

No access (no card issued)

Enhanced Internet Banking

 

Funds transfer and BPAY

FREE

Single Pay Anyone Payments or Funds transfer to third party Bank of Queensland accounts

FREE

Multi Payment

$1.30 (for up to 10 payments)

then $0.15 for each additional transaction

Balance Enquiry/Transaction History Enquiry

FREE