Joining with the Post Office

November 2018

Our partnership with the Post Office lets customers deposit and withdraw cash from their local branch. We added overdrafts to business accounts and extended the Marketplace to our business customers too. And our radio ads aired across London for the very first time.

A busy autumn

October 2018

Banking-as-a-Service launches and the Current Account Switch Service (CASS) is made available for business and joint accounts. It’s now possible to make High Value Payments in-app, and Starling is named as one of the Fintech 100 list’s Leading 50!

Reaching for the Starlings

September 2018

We hit 250k accounts and are listed in LinkedIn’s Top 25 Startups 2018.

A boost for borrowing

August 2018

Loans finally land, alongside accounts for 16-17 year olds.

Turning banking on its head

July 2018

We release our new portrait and teal card design and win Hottest fintech startup at the Europas awards.

Expanding accounts

June 2018

Anne is awarded an MBE for services to fintech and we launch Joint Accounts, alongside sole trader accounts for Starling for Business. We also add a gambling block to our app.

New ways to pay

May 2018

Digitised payments get an upgrade with the launch of Google in-app provisioning and Garmin Pay.

Global appeal

April 2018

International Payments is launched and Starling raises another £10m in investment.

Awards season

March 2018

Starling wins Best British Bank and Best Current Account provider at the British Bank Awards 2018! Plus after months of hard work, Starling for Business launches alongside our campaign for more gender equality in finance.

Big launches and bigger wins

February 2018

Anne wins the Industry Achievement Award at the Card and Payment Awards 2018. Settle Up sets sail and Marketplace continues to grow.

Talking tech

January 2018

Series two of the Developer Podcast begins.


In first place

December 2017

Starling is officially the first UK digital challenger bank to become a member of the Single Euro Payments Area payments system.

Permissions and payments

November 2017

Our Marketplace gets the permissions it needs to start expanding. Starling wins B2B Payments Innovation of the Year at the Payment Awards 2018.

Opening the gates

October 2017

The app’s waitlist is removed and we launch our saving tool Goals. We get the go-ahead from the PRA to start moving Starling Payment Services forward.

To market

September 2017

Starling’s Marketplace officially launches with digital receipts app Flux, giving customers access to other financial products straight from their app. We also launch Android Pay.

Podcasts and pictures

August 2017

Series one of the Developer Podcast launches and we add the ability to add photos to payees.

An Apple a day

July 2017

We’re the first bank in the UK to do in-app provisioning and launch Apple Pay for Starling.

A month well spent

June 2017

Team Starling hits the big 100 and we launch our first major money management feature, Spending Insights.

Public service announcement

May 2017

Starling is released to the public for the first time, and in the process becomes the UK’s first mobile bank! We also sign the Women in Finance Charter as a commitment to helping women progress in finance.

No restrictions

April 2017

The Prudential Regulation Authority lifts its restriction which means we are able to accept more than £50,000 of deposits in total – and to celebrate, we throw Starling’s first Hackathon!

The big switch

March 2017

Starling becomes the very first digital bank to join the Current Account Switch Service.

A beta way

February 2017

It’s a big moment for Starling as our app finally launches in beta.

The fast track

January 2017

Starling joins the Faster Payments scheme.


Payments upgraded

December 2016

Direct debits are officially a go.

Testing, testing

November 2016

Alpha testing begins for the first version of our mobile app.

Playing our cards right

October 2016

The first Mastercard debit cards are used in the real world.

Looking after number one

July 2016

Starling is now 30 strong and authorised as a bank by the PRA (with restriction) – and our very first accounts are put into production.

A good investment

January 2016

After a hard-won investment round that raises £48 million, the bank is finally ready for building.


A licence to bank

December 2015

Our banking licence application is officially submitted.

Setting the wheels in motion

September 2015

The team grows and the first technical prototypes for Starling begin to take shape.


Becoming Ltd.

June 2014

We become a limited company and begin talks with the Prudential Regulation Authority and Financial Conduct Authority.

The spark

January 2014

Our founder Anne sees the potential for a new kind of bank and starts to put a team together to build what will later become Starling.