We own a UK company along with a UK VAT no and UK reg no. We have tried opening up a bank account remotely, without flying to the UK, via Barclays & HSBC. Both applications failed. Every bank want us to walk into the bank for verification purposes. We tried to convince them to have us verified by visiting the local branch of the bank, but they denied it. Anyone got success in opening a UK business bank account without visiting UK ? My concern is all about visiting a branch in the UK and even after this, getting denied by the bank. Note that everything runs "whitehatly" in our company, but still, there is 80% chance of getting denied due to country of residence (even if we are EU citizens).