• First Rate are the UK’s leading supplier of foreign currency to businesses in financial services, travel and tourism and the retail sector.
  • We are the UK’s leading supplier of foreign currency to businesses in financial services, travel and tourism and the retail sector


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As some elements of foreign travel get more and more difficult, we’re doing all we can to make foreign currency exchange easier for customers whilst adding value to our clients’...
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First Rate offers award-winning FX products and services that are designed to complement your business and help maximise income. These can be partially or fully outsourced and are...
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First Rate currently provides FX services to a number of highly successful partners and clients including Post Office Ltd, HiFX, Santander, Virgin Holidays Ltd, Debenhams,...

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Did you know that 1 in 4 outbound travellers leaving the UK with foreign currency are carrying currency supplied by First Rate Exchange Services? No, neither did they.

We are the UK’s leading supplier of foreign currency to businesses in financial services, travel and tourism and the retail sector.  And through them, to their customers.

More than just a B2B company, we think of ourselves as a B2B2C company - carrying out every transaction under a complete ‘white-label’ policy that ensures all the customer goodwill comes back fairly and squarely to our partners and clients.

These are businesses like yours. Businesses that can benefit from part or wholly outsourced foreign exchange to enhance their customers’ foreign travel experience and provide a lucrative additional revenue stream.

First Rate has a major global presence as a wholesale banknote provider, with trading relationships in 40 countries and associations with 12 central banks.

If you’re here, you’re probably already considering introducing or upgrading an FX facility within your company. With our experience and know-how, nothing could be simpler for you, your staff or your customers.

So please, have a look through the pages and discover what a First Rate service really means.

 

Holiday Confidence is restrained by the cautious mood of holidaymakers

The Summer 2014 edition of the Holiday Confidence Index reveals a slight fall in the numbers planning trips abroad (56%) as the growing confidence in the economy is not mirrored in attitudes towards holidays. Created by First Rate in association with the Institute of Travel and Tourism, University of Wolverhampton and YouGov, the report is published three times a year. It provides individual measures of holiday intent, planned frequency, duration and associated spending which is combined to produce an overall index of consumer ‘holiday confidence’ for the coming 12 month period.

View the First Rate Holiday Confidence Index

 

 Another prepaid award 

The Post Office has been won the “best prepaid currency card provider of the year” at the Consumer Moneyfacts for the Travel Money Card Plus, supplied by First Rate Exchange services.  

 

 Best prepaid consumer programme in the UK

Post Office Travel Money Card Plus, supplied by First Rate,  picked up the “Best prepaid consumer programme in the UK” at the Prepaid & Emerging Payments awards on the 02/10/2013. 

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