Opal Transfer has been involved in the money transfer business for more than 18 years.
Our company is constantly growing and improving, and we take very seriously our customers' demand for quality. Learn more about our history from the timeline below which shows the path we’ve taken to develop our current business.
Establishment of Opal Transfer.
The current managing director, Gita Petkevica, founded the company.
The first Opal Transfer branch was opened in Central London on Victoria Street, and customers started making transfers. The main money transfer countries at the time were Ukraine, Moldova, Russia, Georgia, and Uzbekistan.
An Opal Transfer customer completed our first money transfer.
The destination country was Georgia.
Opal Transfer made its 1000th money transfer. Back then, it took as long as three months to complete the transfers that we currently make in one day.
Opal Transfer began money transfers to Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia.
Opal Transfer expanded and moved to larger premises in London’s Grosvenor Gardens, creating a transfer office and the Customer Service division.
Opal Transfer joined the United Kingdom Money Transmitters Association (UKMTA).
Opal Transfer completed its 100,000th money transfer.
Opal Transfer began to sponsor the largest UK’s free newspaper printed in the Russian language, Angliya.
Faced with increasing demand for its services, Opal Transfer opened a branch in East London (Stratford).
Opal Transfer established a call centre for processing money transfers. Clients were able to deposit money into the Opal Transfer account via their own bank or online banking. Then they could contact the call centre to complete the transfer. Opal Transfer grew to more than 10 employees.
Opal Transfer began money transfers to Poland.
Another Opal Transfer branch opened. This one in West London (Shepherd's Bush).
Opal Transfer grew to more than 20 employees.
The number of transfers exceeded 1 million.
Opal Transfer began money transfers to Bulgaria and the Czech Republic.
Opal Transfer grew to more than 30 employees.
The range of services was expanded with transfers to Slovakia.
Opal Transfer became a fully licensed payment company. The company was licensed by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). The license was issued under the Payment Services Directive on security of payment services and money transfers. Our FCA number is 533677.
The number of transfers exceeded 2 million.
Opal Transfer crossed the threshold of 3 million transfers.
Opal Transfer stopped all cash transactions at branches. Money could now only be transferred in electronic form.
Opal Transfer exceeded 1 billion pounds of transfers.
Opal Transfer introduced the online transfer platform where customers can transfer money over the internet. Transfers are paid for through a bank transfer or with a debit card.
The Grosvenor Gardens office was closed and a new, spacious head office was opened in the centre of London on King William Street.
One of Opal Transfer’s first employees, Olga, celebrated her 10th anniversary with the company.
Opal Transfer introduced a mobile application to enable money transfers direct from your smart phone.
Opal Transfer launched same day money transfers to Latvia, Lithuania, Bulgaria, Poland, Estonia, Czech Republic and Slovakia, becoming one of the fastest in the market with funds delivery in one day.
Opal Transfer covers all Europe! Now you can send money to all EU countries and to Norway, Monaco and San Marino. Same day money delivery is guaranteed for most of the destinations.