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Online payments are an integral part of most people’s lives and as such automated payments need to be made as straightforward and efficient as possible using bank codes that can smoothly direct funds to where they are intended. GBO provides an online Sort code checker so that before money is transferred the recipient’s bank and bank branch can be validated. By checking that you have the correct Sort code that correlates with the intended receiving bank you can reduce the risk of failed or misdirected automated payments. GBO’s Sort code checker also lets you check whether Fast Payments (FPS) are possible. Please visit our
Finding your SWIFT Code
To find the SWIFT code of a bank use an online SWIFT code checker; ask your bank; look for your SWIFT code featured on checking account cheques or on your bank/building society card. Validate that you have the receiving bank’s correct SWIFT code using the SWIFT code checker to avoid failed, canceled or misdirected money transfers. Internet SWIFT code checkers can also provide industry trends and other bank codes such as IBAN, routing numbers and BSB numbers.
What are SORT codes?
Sort codes are associated with each bank and bank branch in Britain. The Sort codes are used for precise directing of domestic transfers within the UK via a clearing organization. There are 6 digits in each Sort code representing banks, branches, regions, clearing banks, clearing systems, financial institutions or groups of financial institutions.
The same UK sort code structure was historically used in the Republic of Ireland; Sort codes still form an underlying part of Irish bank codes. In 2014 the Irish electronic clearing systems entered liquidation and were replaced by SEPA. Since entering the Eurozone the SEPA system has been implemented into Irish banking and bank transfers within Ireland are made using IBAN through SEPA. The UK Sort code system is used by Northern Ireland but under the authority of the IPSO (Irish Payments Services Organization). Northern Ireland Sort codes can be identified as they start with the digit 9.
Sort codes consist of 6 digits formulated in pairs with the first two digits identifying the bank and the second and third pair of figures identifying the branch location. Sort codes are imbedded in IBANs but not in SWIFT codes.
Make use of a Sort code checker to confirm Sort codes in UK and Irish banks. Verify that the Sort code is not outdated or incorrect so that payments reach their desired destination. Using an incorrect Sort code can result in delayed transfers, failed transfers or even in funds reaching the wrong account. A Sort code checker can stop you falling prey to a scam that tries to redirect your funds to an illicit account. Use the Sort code checker that features on the website of Cheques and Clearing Company. To make safe money transfers with confidence verify bank Sort codes using a Sort code checker.
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