55+ bank feeds across the UK and Ireland

Great ideas succeed where others fail because among other things they are disruptive. One such idea; the practice of running software applications in the cloud, is growing so rapidly because it is disruptive in two important respects; economic and innovation.

Online apps share a common economic disruption because rather than paying for them up front like classic software, you pay as you go and you can easily scale your spending up and down as your needs change plus you are not locked in to lengthy contracts. And in the world of small business accounting we also see huge disruption along the axis of innovation with the elimination of multiple datasets, provision of access from anywhere and from any device, and an awesome platform for instant collaboration between business owners and their financial advisers.

And so today we’re thrilled to be adding a new chunk of innovation disruption to the list in the UK with the release of the second phase of automated bank feeds from more than 55 UK banks and financial institutions. This phase caters for customers of UK banks such as Lloyds TSB, Nat West, Santander, Bank of Scotland, Royal Bank of Scotland and for customers across the Irish Sea, Ulster Bank and Bank of Ireland, with more to follow.

It’s taken us a while to get here and we’re grateful for your ongoing patience as we continue to roll-out this new service powered by Yodlee, last month it was Australia, and from today in the UK and Ireland. Our Help Centre has more detail about these new banks feeds and how to set them up. It also shows you how to find out if your bank is supported.

And we’re also feeling chipper today because Xero is the first accounting system in the UK to seamlessly couple banking with accounting, with daily banking transactions from UK high street banks now automatically flowing straight into Xero.

Our experience with bank feeds in New Zealand and Australia is that this is a game-changer. Having near real time accounting information is transformational and we believe all small businesses will demand bank feeds in their accounting software over the next few years. And with bank feeds there is also a huge opportunity for the UK accounting profession to upgrade, add value and be competitive. Having launched our first UK bank feed in May 2009 for HSBC customers, what we do know is that there is a real appetite for bank feeds in the UK as you’ll see in the video above.

Next stop is bank feeds for banks in the US and Canada. We’ll be releasing these as soon as the new UK and Irish feeds have bedded down, which is expected to be within the next couple of weeks.


Chris Weed
October 12, 2011 at 1:56 am

Can you please let me know if Lloyds Business is available and if so why I can’t get past the postcode stage or is there something else I should be doing ?

Gary Turner
October 13, 2011 at 2:23 am

Hi Chris – yes that feed is now available, if you’re experiencing problems the quickest way to get a resolution is to open a ticket or drop a note to bankfeedhelp@xero.com with your Organisation name. We also have a status page that we update with issues as they arise – you can get to that here – http://blog.xero.com/bank-feed-status/

November 24, 2011 at 3:21 am

Hanging out for the AIB business banking feeds!! spoke with their technical support yesterday to see if it was in the pipeline and they hadn’t a clue what I was on about

November 24, 2011 at 3:25 am

@ruairi, conversion tool has just sorted that .csv import, thanks a million!

February 19, 2012 at 9:46 pm

If anyone in Ireland is still struggling to import their bank feed to Xero then please check out http://xero.kro.ie/. We have been helping AIB users for a while now, but over the weekend we added support for Ulster Bank users. We have only tested it with one client so far so any feedback on issues encountered will be very welcome.

Billy O'Dwyer
April 5, 2012 at 4:07 am

Hi can someone please tell me when there will be a feed available from Bank of Ireland.

Matt Vickers
April 5, 2012 at 9:06 am

@Billy – Hi Billy – I answered your question over here, but you may not have seen my reply: http://blog.xero.com/2011/05/1000-more-bank-feeds/#comment-20196

If you’re in the Republic of Ireland and using Bank of Ireland personal banking (365 Online), the feeds should work. However, if you’re using Bank of Ireland business banking (Business Online), Yodlee’s advice to us is that they are unable to support these accounts at this time.

If you’re trying to setup Business Online accounts, you have a few options available to you:

– You can ask the bank to make the accounts available through 365 Online
– You could import transactions manually
– You could contact the bank and request that they talk to us about supplying data to us directly.

Amy Lazzerini
April 26, 2012 at 7:49 am

Any idea when bank feeds will be available for Co-operative Business accounts?
Personal ones seem to be up and running but that’s no good for me!

Timothy Sutton
July 3, 2012 at 11:37 pm

Spoke to Co-operative Business Bank and the girl admitted that their Business banking works on an old system incompatible with modern Bank Feeds. She said they were aware of the problem and were hoping change to the modern system that their Personal Banking was on, but not dates as to when this would be done. She also gave me their technical department number, 0870 600 0328, but that was on answer machine. Not very reassuring.

Mark Strong
July 5, 2012 at 1:18 am

That’s a real pain about the Co-op. Is there anyone we can complain to? If enough customers write in maybe we can persuade them to hurry up…

November 17, 2012 at 3:07 am

Are there any options available for HSBC Commercial Card feeds?

Richard Martin
April 24, 2013 at 1:11 am

You used to do the Northern Bank in Northern Ireland – it’s now been sole to the Danske Bank (Danish) – can we have feeds from their eBusiness Banking system at all please?

April 27, 2015 at 11:45 pm

Is there any updates in relation to Danske Bank (previously Northern Bank) in Northern Ireland? Considering changing banks and the fact there is no feed with Xero is definitely helping to inform my decision…

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