About us

We know currency… and we know it inside out. We've been around since 1996 and have plenty of practice. Most importantly, we've had time to be able to understand what it means to you.

It’s important that you know who you’re dealing with, irrespective of the size of the deal. So whether you’re embarking on a new life abroad, buying new property, or just transferring money to a family member… you’re in safe hands.
 
Rather than taking our word for it, we’d like to tell you a little bit about ourselves.
 
We’re one of Europe’s oldest (and largest) foreign exchange specialists. In fact, we were the first company of our kind to be established in the UK. Since then, we’ve helped more than 150,000 corporate and personal clients, and process $4.5 billion in currency payments each year. These transfers happen throughout the world, as we have offices in Africa, Asia, Europe and the United States.
 
It’s this kind of global presence and scale of business (all underpinned by our commitment to personal service) that led to us becoming a World Economic Forum recognised Global Growth Company.
Take a look for yourself at the journey we’ve been on since 1996:

Currencies Direct over the years...

1996 – we founded Currencies Direct
1999 – we opened the first of our six mainland European offices in Torrevieja, Spain
2004 – we opened our office in Cape Town, South Africa
2005 – we expanded our operations and opened our office in Mumbai
2005 – we made it onto the Sunday Times Fast Track 100 list
2006 – we were finalists in the National Business Awards
2007 – we opened our office in Georgia, USA
2007 – we were finalists in the Fast Growth Business Awards
2008 – we launched our online money transfer service
2009 – the Financial Conduct Authority authorised us to provide payment services
2010 – we achieved the highest possible credit rating, level 1, with Dun & Bradstreet
2011 – our number of global offices increased to 12, with new premises in the Algarve, Portugal and Manchester, UK
2012 – we agreed on a partnership with national banks in Spain, making opening accounts there even easier
2012 – we appointed PricewaterhouseCoopers as our auditors
2012 – we committed substantial funds to renew our IT infrastructure and core systems, with a new suite of online and mobile products to be launched in 2014
2012 – our group was recognised as a Global Growth Company by the World Economic Forum
2013 – our new telephone and customer relationship management systems went live, enhancing our customer service
2013 – we launched our Multipay and e-tailers services to business clients
2013 – our employee numbers exceeded 250
2013 – we received permission from the FCA to launch Currency Options
2013 – we expanded our operations to Scandinavia, Malta, Ireland and Florida
2014 – we launched our new brand (big smiles all round)