Just wanted to share my experience of applying for a BBL from Metro Bank and hopefully give some hope.
Like most on this forum, I have been registered on the Tide BBL waiting list for two months when they decided to suspend the process.
So I looked at options and noticed that Metro Bank were still allowing accounts to be opened, so decided to give them ago.
Contacted them Friday 10th July with regards to opening an account. They got back to that day and I completed an initial inquiry form and sent it back.
Metro contact me Monday 13th and organised for me to attend the Guildford branch for a KYC and account application meeting. This took the bast part of 2 hours. I let the meeting with the account opened and a debit card for processing against the account.
Applied for my loan today (Thursday 16th July), approved (in seconds - put this down to the KYC session the day before) and the funds will be deposited into the account tomorrow (Friday 17th July).
I am not saying that this process will work for everyone, but I think this it is truly an exceptional level of service.
I hope fellow Tide account customers find this post useful.