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The Basic One - The Basic One

Why The Basic One?

Moving to live and work in the UK is, without doubt, going to be an incredibly exciting adventure for you. But it can also be stressful, especially if you aren't sure what you need to get done or where to begin! Even knowing what you need and making it happen can prove challenging - eg opening a bank account! Joining BritBound will mean you can 'hit the ground running' and enjoy a stress-free and sociable arrival experience. So you won't have to spend hours, days or weeks trying to get your head around the various formalities. Plus you'll be joining an incredible community who, like you, are here to enjoy the exciting side of living over here.

What's included?

UK Bank Account 

If there’s one area that will have you reaching for the camomile tea, it's the topic of UK Bank Accounts. With opening criteria that changes with the tides, it is no wonder this formality is one of the hardest to sort out! Luckily BritBound has been around for years and has established ties with various banks. As a BritBound member the bank will not ask you for proof of a UK address or confirmation of employment. There are a number of options available; the choice of bank account we recommend will be determined on your passport and visa type. However all options we offer are a same day account.

National Insurance Number

It is a legal requirement when you work in the UK to have an NI Number, so we'll ensure that you get your number set up as quickly as possible. Your NI Number is similar to a Social Security or Tax File Number and works as a unique ID number that you have for the rest of your life. It also gives you access to a whole range of services including the National Health Service.

Unlimited Fee-Free International Money Transfers

This is something you may not even have thought about yet; how do you get your money from one country to another? How do you ensure that when you get here you have a bank account with funds you can access? Using cards from home whilst overseas can be very costly.  Well, the answer is with an International Money Transfer. However, banks usually charge a fee to carry this out for you; then the receiving bank charges too. Ouch! There are lots of options out there, but as a one off transaction you really cannot beat the exchange rate of an online money transfer company.

Choice of UK SIM Card

All of our packages include a UK SIM Card and we provide your number straight away so you can give it out to your family, friends and any employers or recruitment agencies even before you leave. Being contactable from the word go is a huge benefit especially when it comes to getting work here, plus your nearest and dearest will be relieved to know they can get hold of you once you’ve arrived and turned your phone on. Your SIM will be waiting for you to pick up on arrival into the BritBound Base, or you can upgrade and select for it to be posted to you home address before departure.
All of the SIMs are mainstream network providers including 02 and Three. There are a whole host of SIM brands that piggy back off the networks – trouble is many are here today, gone tomorrow brands which look like great deals but are actually riddled with hidden charges and fees. If you are looking to live and work here for an extended period you'll need a network with great coverage and competitive contract offerings. 

Employment Resources & CV Template

The UK is a completely different job market; getting started on the right foot is key! Being a BritBounder means that you have access to our employment resources, handy ”Working In” guides, UK specific CV template, as well as insider tips on how to start working quickly. You will also be able to access our Jobs Board and if relevant request for your CV sent out to our employment partners prior to your arrival here.

Furthermore our accountant and tax partners can assist with Payroll Services and comprehensive tax tutorials to better understand what your options are once you’re working!

Access to ongoing Social Events

Whether you’re travelling to the UK on your own, with a partner, or in a group of friends, meeting new people is one of the most enjoyable aspects of living and working overseas.
As a BritBounder you will also have access to 365 events per year and also discounts on many London, UK and European. 

The BritBound social events calendar will ensure that your diary is the envy of all.


What's not included?

Visa Assistance

For one-on-one personalised visa assistance with a No-Visa No-Fee Guarantee, you'll need to add on Visa Assistance in the next step or choose The All In One Membership package! 

FAQS

  • Do I need to be on a visa to be a BritBounder?

    Of course not! Whether you're on a European passport, a British citizen, or on a visa we can help you start your UK adventure today!
  • When does my BritBound membership end?

    Never! We're here for you whenever you need assistance, whether it's weeks, months, or even years after you arrive!
  • Can I open a bank account before I arrive in the UK?

    No, you must be in the UK to open an account.
  • What are the different types of accommodation available in London?

    There are two main types of accommodation you’ll come across in London; namely shared or private rentals. House/Flat shares are a great way to join a mini community; sometimes sharing a room. It’s a cost-effective way of lowering your expenses, connecting with people, and making friends. These arrangements usually have lower security deposits, include bills and will typically gather people of similar age, backgrounds and goals. Renting private accommodation is more expensive. They can incur costs such as council taxes, bigger security bonds/deposits, and bills aren’t included. You can rent a small space or start your own house share, though your liability and risk are higher.
  • How can I change my CV over to the UK format?

    Not only do BritBounders have access to our fantastic CV template and resources, we also run workshops with our in-house CV experts. While applying for positions in another country can be confusing, our workshops will make sure that you're confident about stepping into whichever role best fits you. You can even get started before you leave! Check out our amazing jobs board at https://www.britbound.co.uk/jobs.
  • Do I have to be in the UK to apply for a National Insurance Number?

    Yes, you must be in the UK, we will start this process for you at your Arrival Info Party.
  • Do I need an NI Number to start work?

    No, you may work up to 3 months without an NI Number. If an employer asks for your NI Number, explain that you're in the process of obtaining one.
  • How long do I need to allow to have my SIM card sent to me at home?

    We need a minimum of 6 weeks to ensure your SIM card will arrive before your departure.
  • How do I get my BritBounder discounts?

    You can get great discounts on events as a BritBounder! Just make sure you’re logged in on our website when you purchase.
  • Can I bring my friends who aren’t BritBounders to BritBound events?

    Of course, the more the merrier! However, for some events there is a slight increase in price for non-members.
  • What festivals does BritBound attend?

    Some of the awesome festivals BritBound take groups to include St Patrick’s Day in Dublin, the Royal Ascot Races, Oktoberfest in Munich, La Tomatina in Valencia, Sziget music festival, and King’s Day in Amsterdam! Visit www.britbound.co.uk/events or head into the Base and flip through our Travel Guide for more inspiration!

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