About us


We know currency… and we know it inside out. We've been around since 1996 so we've had plenty of practice. Most importantly, we've developed a good understanding of what foreign exchange means to you and what you want to achieve.
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 in the UK outside the banking industry to offer specialist currency services. We’ve now helped more than 150,000 corporate and personal clients, and we process $4.5 billion in currency payments every year. These transfers happen around the world, as we have offices in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East 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
– Currencies Direct is founded

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
– 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
– 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
– we appointed PricewaterhouseCoopers as our auditors
– 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
– 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
– we launched our Multipay and e-tailers services to business clients
– our employee numbers exceeded 250
– we received permission from the FCA to launch Currency Options
– we expanded our operations to Scandinavia, Malta, Ireland and Florida

2014
– we launched our new brand (big smiles all round)