Pick of the week

Check out this week’s best new financial deals


Kent Reliance has reviewed its one-year fixed-rate Isa, which now pays 1.2% on maturity. Savers can invest from £1,000. Earlier access is allowed, subject to a penalty of 180 days’ loss of interest. Transfers-in from other cash Isas & stocks and shares Isas are permitted. This deal is for savers aged 16 and over and can be operated in branch, by post, by telephone and online.

It’s good because: This is a highly competitive rate and sits within the top 10 of its sector.


Manchester Building Society has launched a 45-day notice account, paying a variable rate of 1.36% yearly. Savers can invest between £1,000 and £75,000. Unlimited withdrawals are permitted, subject to 45 days’ notice being given, and additions are allowed. This deal is for savers aged 18 and over and can be operated in branch and by post.

It’s good because: With a good rate and a reasonably short notice period, this could be a great account for savers looking to stash away their nest eggs.



West Bromwich Building Society has reviewed and updated its mortgage range, including its three-year fixed rate, which is now priced at 3.09% until the end of August 2019. This deal is for first and second-time buyers who borrow from £40,000 at 90% loan-to-value (LTV). There is a fee of £199, which can be added to the advance. Incentives of a free valuation (worth up to £445) and a £1,000 cash rebate are available. There is the flexibility to make overpayments of up to £999 every month.

It’s good because: Borrowers with 10% deposits might like this deal. With a low fee and a great incentives package, this could appeal to those looking to keep initial costs down.


Woolwich from Barclays has launched a five-year fixed-rate mortgage, which is priced at 2.19% until mid-2021. This deal is for applicants who borrow between £5,000 and £1m at 60% LTV. There is a fee of £1,499, all of which can be added to the loan advance. Incentives for remortgage customers of a free valuation and a choice of either free legal fees or a £200 cash rebate are available. Overpayments of up to 10% are allowed.

It’s good because: This is highly competitive, and with a decent incentives package, it could be a cost-effective choice for borrowers with 40% deposits who are looking to borrow with a high-street lender.


Credit cards

Tesco Bank has increased the length of its introductory interest-free term for balance and money transfers on its Clubcard Credit Card for Balance Transfers Mastercard. This deal now offers a market-leading interest-free term of 40 months for both balance and money transfers. There is an introductory balance transfer fee of 2.69%, while money transfers will carry a fee of 3.94% (minimum of £3). Standard purchases are charged at 18.9% APR. To be eligible for this deal, customers must be 18 and over and have a minimum income of £5,000. Customers can open the card by post, by telephone and online.

It’s good because: Borrowers looking to consolidate their credit-card debts for a significant amount of time might be tempted by this update from Tesco.