Another string to our bow

September 2019

In a previous life, our Head of Banking was an Olympic archer – so, it only felt right to sponsor the Archery GB National Tour Finals. Away from the range, we attended Sibos 2019 in London, launched our online banking platform for business accounts, and introduced Digital Risks and Cyber Smart to the Marketplace for business banking.

Passing the Turing test

August 2019

We made a trip up to Edinburgh to attend Turing Fest. Meanwhile, back in the office, we launched Growth Street in the Marketplace, published our letter from the CEO and reported on our progress with the Women in Finance Charter.

Pride and partnerships

July 2019

Glitter, rainbow flags and banners – a colourful start participating in ‘Pride in London’. We launched two new partnerships – SumUp (Banking Services) and CreditLadder (Marketplace) and delivered business accounts for companies with multiple people with significant control.

Keeping moving

June 2019

We completed the roll out of our euro account. Our founder, Anne Boden, released ‘The Money Revolution’, her book on money management in the digital age, and the Starling Developer Podcast returned with series four. We also opened our new Southampton office, our first base outside of London.

The Star(ling) of the show

May 2019

Our business bank account was the star of the show this month. We launched an advertising campaign – featuring billboards, buses and radio ads in both London and Southampton – and attended the Great British Business Show. We also celebrated our app’s second birthday.

Closing the pay gap

April 2019

We launched FreeAgent integration for our business customers and published our latest gender pay gap figures. Our trophy cabinet also gained another new addition, after we won Best Open Banking Strategy of the Year at the Retail Banker International Awards.

Kicking off spring

March 2019

We were named Best British Bank and Current Account Provider (for the second consecutive year) and Best Business Banking Provider at the Great British Bank Awards. We went live with 3D Secure to provide even more security for our customers.

A really big month

February 2019

We announced a further £75m fund raise and were awarded £100m from a fund to boost competition in business banking. And that's not all, we started rolling out our euro accounts.

All things Anne

January 2019

Starling's founder Anne published her roadmap for 2019 and went to Buckingham Palace to pick up her MBE for services to fintech. Congrats Anne!


2018, you were good to us

December 2018

We ended 2018 on a high! For our business accounts, we launched Marketplace, as well as the Xero integration. Our out of home advertising campaign went live across London’s tube stations and buses. And we also got accepted onto the RBS Incentivised Switching Scheme.

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.

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