What is Starling Bank?

Starling Bank is an award-winning, fully-licensed and regulated bank built to give people a fairer, smarter and more human alternative to the banks of the past. It offers personal, business, joint, teen, euro and dollar accounts alongside a child card and a range of lending products. Starling also provides B2B banking and payments services through its Banking-as-a-Service model based on the proprietary technology platform that it uses to power its own bank. The Starling Marketplace offers customers in-app access to a selection of third party financial services. Headquartered in London, it has offices in Southampton, Cardiff and Dublin.

How we got here

Starling was founded in 2014 by industry-leading banker Anne Boden, who recognised how technology could transform the way people manage their money and serve customers in a way that traditional banks hadn’t. We were voted Best British Bank in 2018, 2019 and 2020 and topped the Which? customer satisfaction table for 2020. Our customers also rate us Excellent on Trustpilot.

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How many customers does Starling have?

Starling has opened more than 2 million customer accounts.

Starling app
Starling bird

Why the name Starling?

The Starling bird is sociable, adaptable, friendly and supportive – all qualities we wanted from our new bank. It also works as part of a team to make something as complex as a murmuration feel beautifully simple. You see where we’re going with this.

Plus, it’s a rather successful bird, which arrives in huge numbers in each new territory and displaces the old guard. Enough said.

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Why we’re different

Who owns Starling?

Starling is an independent, privately-owned company and is not part of any other bank.

Starling is 24% owned by CEO and founder Anne Boden, employees and ex-employees and an employee benefits trust set up for employees.

Other investors are:

Harry McPike, a global private investor with a focus on technology and financial sector opportunities. He is represented on the board by two investor directors: Lázaro Campos, a fintech investor and entrepreneur and former CEO of SWIFT, and Marcus Traill, a senior investment management professional and director of QuantRes, a global proprietary quantitative trading firm.

Merian Global Investors, a leading public investor in the UK.

Anne Boden
Starling employee

Our people

Starling’s head office is in London, but our team works across offices in Southampton, Cardiff and Dublin – and it’s growing every month!

From the engineers who craft it and the security experts who protect it to the customer service reps who support it, our bank brings an incredibly diverse mix of people together to solve customer’s problems and build a better bank for everyone.

Meet Starling’s leadership team.

Meet the board.