Tide Bank leaves customers without use of their cards due to ‘maintenance’


Business current account customers of Tide hit out at ‘shambolic’ update which has left many being unable to make card payments

  • Essential maintenance was only supposed to last a few hours 
  • Customers have been unable to use cards and advised to find ‘alternatives’
  • Tide cannot confirm when services will be restored, leaving customers stranded

Challenger business account provider Tide has come in the firing line from angry customers who have been unable to make card payments in recent days.

Tide, which boasts of more than 400,000 customers having only launched six years ago, warned of ‘essential maintenance’ and in an update yesterday, said cards should be working again.

However, many have taken to social media website Twitter today stating they are still unable to use them. 

Tide had told customers to ‘use alternative payment methods’ while the maintenance was taking place. 

Frustrated customers have taken to Twitter to vent their anger with Tide bank which has left them without the use of their cards for three days.

According to the status page on Tide’s website, all card services resumed at 17.15 yesterday. 

But this morning the page reports an ‘unresolved incident’ requiring additional work. It appears this has caused further service outages for card users.

Stranded customers who are unable to carry out any transactions with their Tide cards have taken to social media to voice their frustration with the service and customer care they are receiving.

Tide got in contact with customers to let them know about the outage and suggest they use alternative payment methods

Tide got in contact with customers to let them know about the outage and suggest they use alternative payment methods

Twitter user Frankie Attwater took to the site this morning to vent about the ongoing issues, labelling the service from Tide ‘disgusting’ and asking about coverage of the loss of earning resulting from the inability to conduct business transactions.

The SME Club, a free and independent resource for UK small and medium businesses, similarly criticised the bank on the social media site questioning why Tide opted to carry out the maintenance during business hours and saying that they would no longer recommend the bank to their members.

In response the bank simply said they were unable to confirm when the services would resume but they were ‘doing everything to resolve it as soon as possible’.

Frank Attwate was one of several customers who took to Twitter in response to the service outage

Frank Attwate was one of several customers who took to Twitter in response to the service outage

The SME Club is a national club operating to support, advise and connect all UK small & medium businesses

The SME Club is a national club operating to support, advise and connect all UK small & medium businesses

The club posted from its Twitter account saying that it would not recommend Tide to its members

The club posted from its Twitter account saying that it would not recommend Tide to its members

Tide bank has over 400,000 customers accounting for around 7% of the UK's SME market

Tide bank has over 400,000 customers accounting for around 7% of the UK’s SME market

After initially appearing comfortable with the service outage Twitter user Patrick returned to the site the next day to express frustration that cards still weren't working

After initially appearing comfortable with the service outage Twitter user Patrick returned to the site the next day to express frustration that cards still weren’t working

Posting on Twitter James Allen said the bank has been ‘shambolic many times’ and in the past has taken month to respond to complaints. 

He used his public account to ask for recommendations for alternative small business banking providers.

And Patrick Pryce who yesterday appeared to accept Tide’s rationale for the outage, returned to Twitter to question why services were still down this morning. 

Again the bank’s social media account apologised for any inconvenience caused and said the team was working to resolve the issue.

This is Money has approached Tide for comment.

Tide bank has rapidly grown its customer base since launching in 2016 and and picked up 100,000 customers in 2021

Tide bank has rapidly grown its customer base since launching in 2016 and and picked up 100,000 customers in 2021

A new bank on the block

Tide is now the 7th largest provider of banking services to small and medium sized businesses in the UK. 

It doesn’t have a banking licence and instead relies on partner Clearbank.

The business provides business current accounts and smart financial admin services to over 400,000 small-business owners through its mobile-first platform.

It saw its business grow rapidly in 2021, with over 100,000 new customers. Tide says it has built a 7 per cent share of the UK SME market – up from 4.75 per cent at the end of 2020.

The Government has been keen to boost competition in the SME banking space and believes that challengers without legacy IT systems would be the way. 

In 2019, Tide picked up 16 per cent of the of the £775million RBS Alternative Remedies Package – a government initiative set up to bolster competition in the business current account market after the state-backed bank scrapped plans to sell off its 300-strong Williams & Glyn branch network. 

Has your business been impacted by the Tide service outage? Get in touch: editor@thisismoney.co.uk

Read more at DailyMail.co.uk