Westpac Business Banking

Westpac business banking

Westpac is a provider of products for business including business credit cards, business savings and transaction accounts, business loans, merchant services for SMEs, superannuation funds, landlord insurance, car insurance, and life insurance, as well as products for personal use.

“Australia – proudly supported by Westpac.” 

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Westpac business banking features

westpac business banking features

Business credit cards

Westpac’s strong performance in business credit cards continued in 2016, with a wider gap between it and the next competitor. The rewards program attached to Westpac business credit cards provides business owners with considerable value. Even businesses with just two credit card holders can achieve a high levels of rewards.

Institutional factors

Relationship Manager numbers continue to be a differentiating factor between the major banks, and this is an area where Westpac shines. They have Relationship Managers able to offer small businesses advice and finance products including business loans.

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Ever thought of installing solar panels on the roof of your office or warehouse? In 2016 Westpac launched the Energy Efficiency Finance Program, in partnership with the Clean Energy Finance Corporation. This helps Australian businesses finance energy efficient equipment so businesses can both lower their energy bills and reduce their environmental impact. Depending on eligibility, business owners can apply for a loan that includes free energy efficiency advice from expert Verdia.

Social enterprise funding

Are you running a business that aims to make a positive difference in your local community or the world at large? As of 2016, the Businesses of Tomorrow program will also be rewarding 200 Australian businesses every year for having qualities the Australian economy needs:

  • Service leadership
  • Business revolution
  • Ground breakers
  • Social change
  • Going global

Entrepreneurs running innovative social enterprises should look into applying for funding from the Westpac Foundation. Community organisations and Not-For-Profit businesses can also benefit from financial solutions designed for their long-term group needs.

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Merchant services

Westpac’s business merchant services include the popular Mobile PayWay app and secure card reader. This means small business owners including tradies and market stall vendors don’t have to miss out if their customers don’t carry cash. Westpac also offers standard, standalone EFTPOS machines and integrated EFTPOS systems for PC for larger merchants.

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Mobile banking app

Westpac’s mobile banking app allows businesses to manage their business banking on the go:

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Professional development resources

On the Westpac website, business owners and entrepreneurs can find information on how to start a business, how to grow a business, and industry-specific resources. Business owners can also benefit from Westpac’s Small Business Innovation Forums series of free “top tips” lectures on YouTube.

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About Westpac

about westpac

Founded in 1817 as the Bank of New South Wales, Westpac in its earliest form was Australia’s first bank and first officially incorporated company. With around 13 million customers today, Westpac remains one of the big four Australian banks, owning a number of other banking brands including St. George, Bank of Melbourne, BankSA, and RAMS.

Westpac’s corporate and social responsibility focus is on disaster relief for businesses and communities, investing in leaders of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, and microfinance for marginalised small business people.

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Westpac’s Lifesaver rescue choppers are also a vital sign on our Aussie beaches. Their Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter Schools Program takes choppers to primary schools around the country to teach students about water safety and the emergency services.

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As for protecting the environment, you can view a full timeline of Westpac’s sustainability milestones on their website. They were the first bank in Australia to publish an environmental policy back in 1992, and the first to publish a sustainability report in 2002. In 1996 they were the first bank to join the Australian Greenhouse Challenge to measure and manage greenhouse gas emissions, and since then they have reduced emissions by 40%.

They also issued the Westpac Climate Bond in 2016.

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Written by: TJ Ryan | Last updated: January 11, 2017