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Credit building cards

Looking to improve your credit rating? Below is a selection of cards that are designed for people with limited or poor credit history. Repaying a credit card each month can help you build your credit rating, which in turn can help when you apply for mortgages, loans or other credit cards in the future.

Provider Balance transfer intro period & rate Purchases intro period & rate Rewards Representative APR Likelihood of acceptance Actions
Credit Building

Barclaycard Initial

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No 0% intro on transfers

N/A fee

3 months 0% interest on purchases

No rewards

34.9% APR

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Representative Example: Representative 34.9% APR variable. Based on assumed borrowing of £1,200. Rate of interest 34.9% (variable) annual.
Get 0% interest on new purchases for 3 months from account opening

Capital One Classic Mastercard

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No 0% intro on transfers

N/A fee

No 0% intro

No rewards

34.9% APR

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Representative Example: Representative 34.9% APR variable. Based on assumed borrowing of £1,200. Rate of interest 34.94% (variable) annual.
Capital One will consider applicants with a history of CCJs or defaults- you could get a credit limit from £200 to £1,500

Vanquis

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No 0% intro on transfers

N/A fee

No 0% intro

No rewards

39.9% APR

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Representative Example: Representative 39.9% APR variable. Based on assumed borrowing of £500. Rate of interest 39.94% (variable) annual.
You could get a credit limit of up to £1000

aqua Classic 29.7%

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No 0% intro on transfers

N/A fee

No 0% intro

No rewards

29.7% APR

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Representative Example: Representative 29.7% APR variable. Based on assumed borrowing of £1,200. Rate of interest 29.71% (variable) annual.
You could get an initial credit limit of £100 - £1200 and a possible increase after 4 months

Granite

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No 0% intro on transfers

N/A fee

No 0% intro

No rewards

34.9% APR

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Representative Example: Representative 34.9% APR variable. Based on assumed borrowing of £500. Rate of interest 34.95% (variable) annual.

Aquis Credit Card

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No 0% intro on transfers

N/A fee

No 0% intro

No rewards

29.8% APR

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Representative Example: Representative 29.8% APR variable. Based on assumed borrowing of £1,000. Rate of interest 29.84% (variable) annual.
Can help to build up your credit history to improve your credit rating. Credit is provided by Vanquis Bank Limited

Capital One Classic Extra

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No 0% intro on transfers

N/A fee

No 0% intro

0.5% cashback

34.9% APR

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Representative Example: Representative 34.9% APR variable. Based on assumed borrowing of £1,200. Rate of interest 34.94% (variable) annual.
Earn 0.5% cashback rewards on everything you buy

aqua Advance

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No 0% intro on transfers

N/A fee

No 0% intro

No rewards

34.9% APR

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Representative Example: Representative 34.9% APR variable. Based on assumed borrowing of £1,200. Rate of interest 34.9% (variable) annual.
You could reduce your interest rate from 34.9% APR variable to 19.9% APR variable

Luma Credit Card

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No 0% intro on transfers

N/A fee

No 0% intro

No rewards

35.9% APR

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Representative Example: Representative 35.9% APR variable. Based on assumed borrowing of £1,200. Rate of interest 35.94% (variable) annual.

Black Diamond

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No 0% intro on transfers

N/A fee

No 0% intro

No rewards

59.9% APR

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Representative Example: Representative 59.9% APR variable. Based on assumed borrowing of £1,000. Rate of interest 59.9% (variable) annual.

Argos Credit Card

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No 0% intro on transfers

N/A fee

No 0% intro

No rewards

39.9% APR

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Representative Example: Representative 39.9% APR variable. Based on assumed borrowing of £1,000. Rate of interest 39.9% (variable) annual.
You could get a credit limit between £150 and £1,000. Credit is provided by Vanquis Bank Limited

Argos Card

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No 0% intro on transfers

N/A fee

No 0% intro

No rewards

29.9% APR

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Representative Example: Representative 29.9% APR variable. Based on assumed borrowing of £1,000. Rate of interest 30% (variable) annual.

aqua Classic Card (29.7%)

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No 0% intro on transfers

N/A fee

No 0% intro

No rewards

29.7% APR

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Representative Example: Representative 29.7% APR variable. Based on assumed borrowing of £1,200. Rate of interest 29.7% (variable) annual.

aqua Classic

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No 0% intro on transfers

N/A fee

No 0% intro

No rewards

39.9% APR

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Representative Example: Representative 39.9% APR variable. Based on assumed borrowing of £1,200. Rate of interest 39.9% (variable) annual.
Available to applicants with CCJs or a low income- start with a credit limit between £100 and £1200

Capital One Classic Platinum

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No 0% intro on transfers

N/A fee

No 0% intro

No rewards

29.8% APR

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Representative Example: Representative 29.8% APR variable. Based on assumed borrowing of £1,200. Rate of interest 29.84% (variable) annual.
Capital One will consider applicants with a history of CCJs or defaults

aqua Rewards

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No 0% intro on transfers

N/A fee

No 0% intro

0.5% cashback

34.9% APR

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Representative Example: Representative 34.9% APR variable. Based on assumed borrowing of £1,200. Rate of interest 34.91% (variable) annual.
Build your credit rating while earning 0.5% cashback on everything you buy

Luma Credit Card

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No 0% intro on transfers

N/A fee

No 0% intro

No rewards

35.9% APR

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Representative Example: Representative 35.9% APR variable. Based on assumed borrowing of £1,200. Rate of interest 35.94% (variable) annual.
Can help build your credit- you could get a credit limit up to £1,500

Ocean Finance Credit Card

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No 0% intro on transfers

N/A fee

No 0% intro

No rewards

34.9% APR

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Representative Example: Representative 34.9% APR variable. Based on assumed borrowing of £1,200. Rate of interest 34.94% (variable) annual.
 

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Credit cards terms

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